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This is a song made popular in 1930 by the great British entertainer, Mr. George Formby. Now usually I like to sing or yuck it up all over the place on these things, but for once, I just sang the verse and chorus and left the rest up to the very talented Alan McPike at the Bespoke organ for you to enjoy. I only ask that during his swaying interlude, maybe you picture yourself with a top hat, a cane, and perhaps a pretty partner at your side (now, for you women out there, you are just out of luck, although I'm available if you are that desperate). Mr. McPike is marvelous artist, and if you are a singer looking for an excellent backing, visit him at standardstrax.com.

Thanks again and have a pre-shrunk kind of weekend!

Michael

"The Chinese Laundry Blues", written by Jack Cottrell, 1927 (PD)
Vocal: Michael
Accompaniment: Mr. Alan McPike at the organ.
Artwork: Either this is a laundry or that family has 20 kids.

PS: Despite this title, you won't find anything the least offensive here--and Chinese laundries continue to flourish now as much as they did then (and there are still "My Yiddishe Mamas" too--had one myself in fact!)

PS: 如果您听这粪我不要想要听说政治改正无论如何是所有胡说的胡 ! (JUST in case!)
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Uploaded: Jun 11, 2010 - 04:32:43 PM
Last Updated: Sep 15, 2011 - 02:54:29 AM Last Played: Jan 17, 2017 - 12:42:02 PM
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Comments
hackneybloke said 2541 days ago (June 11th, 2010)
laundry blues
michael i would love to hear you do an impersonation of george formby. this is excellent...you've turned it into something completely different. why no comedy routine during the instrumental section??? i like the comedy routines.
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michaeljayklein said 2541 days ago (June 11th, 2010)
Julian!
I'm not as familiar with the British pop music of the early part of the century as the American, but I do know a little bit about some of the performers and dance bands of the time (I have a feeling this is more in Chestnut's line!) but I don't think I could ever impersonate Mr. Formby--he was one of a kind! I thought this time around I would just let your fellow countryman, Mr. McPike have his turn under the spotlight so kept my big liver lips firmly sealed! Thanks for making me feel like a World Cup winner my friend--you take good care now! Michael
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Char said 2541 days ago (June 11th, 2010)
Except for you
and your work on some of these tunes, I would never hear them. You sound great. The organ sounds great. Thanks. :)
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michaeljayklein said 2541 days ago (June 11th, 2010)
Thanks Char
I saw this title in Alan's catalog and bought it just based on the name--I'd never heard the thing before! Glad you enjoyed it and happy you enjoyed the excellent instrumental work on this. Take good care now!
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CC_Connection said 2541 days ago (June 11th, 2010)
10 Stars!!!
So many thanks for singing this. I did not know if you know what I speak of when I ask you to sing this. I love it and I show Yolanda in morning time. You sing it so beautiful. Thank you I love it.

XOXO,
CC
michaeljayklein said 2541 days ago (June 11th, 2010)
Tina!!
I know you live in Hong Kong and that your family runs a laundry and dry cleaning store, but I never thought of that when I was posting this! How funny is that?!! You are such a sweetheart and I'm not being wishy-washy when I say that either! You take care--send my best to Yolanda and Tshiro too! xoxox Michael and Weefie
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alackbass said 2541 days ago (June 11th, 2010)
I Love It
And I'll leave it at that!
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michaeljayklein said 2539 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
I'll thank you and leave it at that!

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jdholliday said 2541 days ago (June 11th, 2010)
wow!
when I grow up I wanna be just like you!
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michaeljayklein said 2539 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
Thanks JD! Er, somehow I have feeling you may not like that too much! :)

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dave_b said 2540 days ago (June 11th, 2010)
The Chinese Laundry Blues
Quirky, funny song. And another impeccable vocal. How many years has it been since you sang a wrong note? :) Great job!
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michaeljayklein said 2539 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
Hi Dave!
Actually, 90% of my notes are all wrong--I just tinker with the track to make them fit! You take good care now and thanks for dropping in Big D! Michael
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mvh9591 said 2540 days ago (June 11th, 2010)
Very Nice ____
This is great Micheal. Very nice job.

Enjoyed - Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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michaeljayklein said 2539 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
Thank you Micheal!

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VicDiesel said 2540 days ago (June 12th, 2010)
Ah for those innocent days
when political correctness didn't exist yet....

I didn't know this song, so I'm enjoying this nugget together with the fabulous performance.
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michaeljayklein said 2539 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
Thank you Vic!

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Symphony101 said 2540 days ago (June 12th, 2010)
善哉 !!!
ChineseDic.com says the ideogramme means "excellent" (shàn zāi). So if this is wrong and it means "I hate broccolis", it's their fault ... I actually meant excellent indeed Michael. A great listen to start off the day.
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michaeljayklein said 2539 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
善哉
I somehow got "prune danish" when I entered this on Babelfish, but that's never a reliable methodology Yves. Thank you so very much and kindest regards, Michael
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chestnut said 2540 days ago (June 12th, 2010)
The Chinese Laundry Blues
Great stuff! When I tried singing this I just sounded like a very poor imitation of George Formby; your version's super! (And I wouldn't have expected otherwise!) Well done!
Ken
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michaeljayklein said 2539 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
Hi Ken!
Well, to be honest, I took a few liberties with the melody but I just know you are being modest! I know how dear this music is to you so your kind compliments are highly appreciated. Take good care now! Michael
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ShadowofNine said 2540 days ago (June 12th, 2010)
Tina
will be thrilled by this Michael, the CC is always on alert..cool work, you always deliver..
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michaeljayklein said 2539 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
Thanks again Dave!

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BirdmanWayne94 said 2540 days ago (June 12th, 2010)
Man...
... you upload a lot in a short period of time! Whenever I feel that I caught up, I see yet another new title in your comments where it says "Check out my latest song..." LOL

I'm just amazed by your creativity and excellence in creating such terrific pieces. This is a great one! :)
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michaeljayklein said 2539 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
Hey Birdman
Oh, I don't know about that! Some folks here post two a day--but most of these songs are from my "catalog"--stuff I've in the past, so it's kind of easy for me to be "prolific"! You are too kind--thanks again for your generous support Yeman! Take good care now, Michael
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chinaman2 said 2539 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
bravo Michael
man, such charming vocals. wish I could sing like this. great job as always.
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michaeljayklein said 2539 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
C-Man!
Well, with your handle, this must have agreed with you! I've heard from folks that after they listen to this once, an hour later they feel like listening to it again. You take good care--and thanks! Michael
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Hickling_Stan said 2539 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
Woo..nderful
I've only ever heard this with the vocals of that cheeky northern chappy. You've really made this your own and the arrangement is really engaging. Must go and get the laundry done! Cheers mark
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michaeljayklein said 2538 days ago (June 14th, 2010)
Hey Stan
I'm glad you blokes over the pond enjoyed hearing this old song--thanks so very much and may all your stains be removable! Take it easy now, Michael
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Jarvoid said 2539 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
'Eee can you 'ear me muther,
it's turned out nice again 'an't it?

Masterful version of a classic George Formby number. I can't figure out the key tho' and that makes it tricky to strum along to !

Chris Jarvis
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michaeljayklein said 2539 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
Hahahahahahahaha...
I see you know your George Formby pretty darn good there mate! I'm answering this only after your message to me and your wonderful version of this--I had no idea he was an inspiration to you, although it's no surprise as like Mr. Formby, you are in every way just as talented, witty and entertaining as the man himself. Thanks again Chris--cheerio! Michael
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ConnieO said 2539 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
Wonderful
Excellent orchestrating and your production of this entertaining piece is top notch. I certainly did pciture myself swaying and dancing throughout, wide-eyed and ears full tilt! Thanks for posting this!
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michaeljayklein said 2539 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
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egobandit said 2539 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
its a great song
to listen to when your bouncing your baby on your knee only thing is I got in trouble because it was bed time loved it thanks!
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michaeljayklein said 2538 days ago (June 14th, 2010)
Poor baby!
Thanks again Mr. Bandit! Take care now, Michael
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fasteddie said 2538 days ago (June 13th, 2010)
Oh man
Michael,

You are a pure entertainer! This is wonderful! I don't believe that 'd heard this song save for the versions you and Chris just did. I like this song. It is way cool!
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michaeljayklein said 2538 days ago (June 14th, 2010)
Hi Michael
Truthfully, I had no idea how this went either until I got the arrangement (and my apologies to those folks very familiar with the song--I did take some liberties here and there). For my money, just the musical arrangement alone is amazing--it's one of the best I've heard. Thanks again Mike--it's always appreciated!--and take good care now, Michael
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lengold said 2538 days ago (June 14th, 2010)
I prefer
your version to the original. Another really great vocal.
Cheers
Len

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michaeljayklein said 2538 days ago (June 14th, 2010)
Ah thanks...
You are too kind Len! You take good care now and very pleased you liked this old one! Michael
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ted23 said 2538 days ago (June 14th, 2010)
One word Michael...
Amazing!
Looking forward to the exclusive video too, that would be swell :)


michaeljayklein said 2538 days ago (June 14th, 2010)
Ted!
I'm trying to get a hold of Burt Reynolds but once I do, keep your eyes open in the forums. Thanks greatly for your amazing comment my friend. Take care now! Michael
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2538 days ago (June 14th, 2010)
Chinese Laundry
For some reason, I don't remember this from 1930... but your rendition aptly revives this tune for this trigenarian.

Excellent backup as well as your usual commanding vocals. Dare I say it--an especially clean delivery.
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michaeljayklein said 2538 days ago (June 14th, 2010)
I won't press the issue!
Hi Michael: Oh indeed, this back up is superb and I'm happy you liked it too. I thank you once again for your very gracious and kind remarks (and hope we hear you perform sometime soon--it's been a little while now I think?) Take good care and may all your irons be warm! Michael
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airportseven said 2538 days ago (June 14th, 2010)
You are so talented it's ridiculous
I love the stuff you come up with and every performance is better than the last. Thanks again for a swinging swell time.
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michaeljayklein said 2537 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
Hi Airport
Thanks for stopping by! You take care now, Michael
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apb said 2537 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
Glad someone here is

re-vitalizing this swingin' big band sound of yester years. Your voice really suits this down to a T.. I was swinging my top hat and cane at the appropriate bits. Really fine work Michael.
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michaeljayklein said 2536 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
Thanks again!
It helps a lot when you are working with someone as talented as Mr. McPike, that's for sure! You take good care now and appreciate hearing from Mr. A! Michael
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Narad said 2537 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
The Chinese Laundry Blues
Outstanding performance again, Michael ! You're such a crazy man in the best sense of the word and the instrumental work on this is really excellent !!! :)
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michaeljayklein said 2535 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Hi Harald
I always say if you know you are crazy, that's fine! It's the crazy people who don't know they are crazy that make it hard for the rest of us! I'm glad you enjoyed this--and I agree, the arrangement is superb. Thanks again my friend--take good care now! Michael
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Ibstrat said 2535 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
Wow
you are an encyclopedia of old tunes- I love this music. Your performance is fantastic as usual.How about a guitar- vocal duet?
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michaeljayklein said 2535 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Let's do it!
Thanks again Mark! I would sell my dog Farina on e-bay if it meant working on a song with you! I'll drop you a line later....thank you! Take care now, Michael
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Doug Somers said 2535 days ago (June 17th, 2010)
Brilliant
Wonderful vocal, full of fun and style.

Be well,
Doug
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michaeljayklein said 2534 days ago (June 18th, 2010)
Thank you again Doug!

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Outtaorbit said 2534 days ago (June 18th, 2010)
Oh, Mr Woooooo
You caught the break beautifully, wonderful to hear tunes from you
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michaeljayklein said 2534 days ago (June 18th, 2010)
I may not hit the notes right but I do got rhythm! Thanks again!

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