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If I Had You


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michaeljayklein

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"If I Had You" is a 1928 song by "Irving King" (James Campbell and Reginald Connelly), currently public domainified. People that know me very well know that I'm a bit apprehensive about doing slow tempo ballads (so Impsie, if this bombs, I told ya so!!)

This is dedicated in the memory of Margaret Whiting, a very fine singer that recently went to that Big Recording Studio in the Sky, who also recorded this with much success in the 1950s.

Arrangement and accompaniment: Mr. Alan McPike.
Vocal: MJK (who sometimes forgot to open his mouth on this)
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From the 1957 Capitol Records LP, "MJK Sings Romantic Songs for People Who are Too Horny"
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Downloads: 74

Uploaded: Jan 22, 2011 - 06:08:23 PM
Last Updated: Sep 07, 2011 - 07:16:06 PM Last Played: Jun 16, 2017 - 11:15:10 AM
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Relic67 said 2347 days ago (January 22nd, 2011)
marvelous
no need to be apprehensive, you pull this off as well as everything else you do! good stuff.
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michaeljayklein said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Thanks very much Relic
I guess mainly I've never been much of a ballad listener--plus I have a tendency to start laughing when I sing these things (I'm just demented that way for some reason, but glad I got through this straight-faced!) Appreciate the encouraging words you left me--very much so! Take care now, Michael
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composerclark said 2347 days ago (January 22nd, 2011)
I could...
Get very excited about this... it's terrific! I never would have guessed you have any discomfort with ballads; you do this very naturally.
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michaeljayklein said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Thanks Clark!
Many years ago when I was perhaps 13, my first piano teacher taught me this romantic tune as a way to develop my singing voice, so it was a bit easier for me to do than many others (not that I knew what the hell I was singing about at age 13--took me another 15 years to understand it all!) You are too kind--thanks again! Michael
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RAVENS said 2347 days ago (January 22nd, 2011)
Beautiful
Oh boy, you just kill me! Bomb? I can link you to a few if you'd like? Aiieeoo! You are just amazing, your voice is gold to me. This is so beautiful, wonderful mix too!

Imps ;-)
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michaeljayklein said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Mmmmmmmmm....
No, don't link me because I KNOW what you'll linkify me with! Impsie, thanks so very much for the kind words and for your perpetual audience--you take good care now, xox Michael
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papag said 2347 days ago (January 22nd, 2011)
Smooth
Your voice is golden on this tune. Good job dude.

Thanks for the dl :)
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michaeljayklein said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Hey Papa
Glad you liked this and much obliged for your stopping by and laying down a few kind words--you take care now! Michael
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H3nry said 2347 days ago (January 22nd, 2011)
Needn't worry
Beautifully sung and phrased. Nice backing and mix, too. A ballad does fall more heavily on the vocalist than a dance number, but you have carried it off here more than once. So relax and have fun.
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michaeljayklein said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Henry!
I thought Alan did a magnificent job on the accompaniment and that ALWAYS helps give me a little more confidence when I croak these things out. I've always thought this tune one of the best ballads and much elated that you liked what I did with it. You take good care now and have a splendid (or even semi-splendid if nothing else) week! Michael
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alackbass said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
If I Had You
Wonderful! How many other beautiful ballads are you holding back on us?
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michaeljayklein said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Andrew
Yanno, I was going through my older recordings last night and was stunned at how many slow ballads and things I've done. Alas, the vast majority of them really sounded horrifying, but these were done when I had no idea what I was doing with mixing and before I studied with a vocal teacher--I think I've improved a bit since then so perhaps I'll try some more later on down the line. Thanks very much for the kind words! Michael
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Skean said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Only you...
…can do this so good, I'm always impressed with your creativity… be well my friend.
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michaeljayklein said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Kenta!
I just adore this tune--there are so many things you can do with it and it's one of those "wink and a smile" songs that always have appealed to me. Glad you could stop by (I've been busy as hell lately, but I hope you are too--in a good way!) You take care and thanks again, Michael
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richard13 said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Bombs away!
And stay away. This turned out nicely Michael. Will it reduce your apprehension in future?
BTW, the recording sounds terrific for 1957.
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michaeljayklein said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Direct hit!
Thanks very much Richard! Oh, this was one of the very recordings made on the newly invented magnetic tape recording system (you believe me, right?) You are too kind--thanks again! Take care now, Michael
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sammydix said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
UUULLLLTRA cool
Michael, gonna keep this short and simple. My absolute favorite from you so far. DL'd!
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michaeljayklein said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Sam
Yanno, I am so very impressed with your work--so hearing that from you really lit up my day over here! THANK YOU very, very much! Whatta guy--you take care now! Michael
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Jarvoid said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Smooth as snake sh........
...satin,smooth as satin and soft as silk is what I was going to write !!

Love the bass,brush and piano arrangement...whoah where did the stringy thingies come from ?? excellent job as always Michael....I'd say you rock...but it would not be right for your style,sort of fing....

Chris
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michaeljayklein said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Maybe I roll then?!
Thanks again Chris--glad you could saunter in and appreciated your generous review! You take care now, Michael
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mrattue said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Hi Michael!
As always a great pleasure to hear you.

Great accompaniment once again to, leaving your warm, melodic voice room to flourish.


Great.


Marc

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michaeljayklein said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Thanks Marc!
I think this is one of Mr. M's best arrangements and orchestrations--glad you enjoyed that part of this and of course, very appreciative of your take on the vocal on this deal. Glad you are feeling better--thanks again now! Michael
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Calchas said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Back for another listen...
Why did you apologize for your vocal herein? You did a marvelous job Michael! Relaxing and smile-inducing music my friend...

Be well!
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michaeljayklein said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Thanks Micheal!
Really though, I was aiming for a non-smiling product here (trying to get out that racket for a bit), but glad you could stop by to listen and thanks for the positive remarks on it! Michael
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Bob Rodgers said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
A
real treat to hear you sing this lovely ballad Michael and it's very enjoyable listening to you sing this on a relaxing Sunday evening here in the UK.
I love the music and the piano sounds nice, great vocals as always with a lovely warm tone. I have a request for you to sing more ballads please, very much enjoyed and thanks for the download.

Bob
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michaeljayklein said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Mr. Rodgers
Wow, what a generous appraisal--thank you so very much sir! And yes, perhaps the best way to get over my diffidence with ballads is to just concentrate on them more--you take care now and appreciated hearing from ya! Have a good week! Michael
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PeterB7858 said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Wonderfully natural
Hi Michael. No problems here. You pulled this of beautifully. Your vocals sounds wonderfully natural and do justice to a sensational backing arrangement. Liked it a lot. Automatic download. Take care as always, Peter.
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michaeljayklein said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Hi Peter
I think the trick is to record these slow tempo deals late at night around my bedtime--maybe because I'm more relaxed then. As always, I'm always tickled to hear from you. Keep up the excellent work and in the meantime, hope you have an enjoyable week! Michael
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ted23 said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
This
Is soothing the MOTHER of all hangovers! Never again......
Most relaxing as I sink into my Ted shaped sofa groove. Just eaten an entire box of cereal to try and help, it didn't work. All I had to do was listen to this.
Very swell Michael, very swell indeed.
Soooo relaxing, we have drift off!
michaeljayklein said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Ted you little fool!
You just had to go out and get bombed on your birthday didn't ya?! Well, I hope you had a great time! "Ted shaped sofa groove"--I love how you wax poetic in your fashionably inimitable way (that was too much!) Well, I sincerely hope your painful conk dwindles away before long. What did you drink last night? I know from being a highly expert drinker at one time that certain types of booze produce the most excruciating hangovers (try gin next time!) You take care my friend, Michael
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Reggie_Pole said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
I was wondering
about that. Apprehensive, huh? Well, OK, I can understand that. A different approach is required. Have to pretty much play it straight I s'pose. But I must say that I wish you would work more in this style. I like all of your work, but there are so many great songs like this that are just waiting for you. A challenge? Yes. So? Go for it, man. You got da chops.
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michaeljayklein said 2346 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Okay Reggie
as the old TV show proudly proclaimed, "You Asked for It!" I'll try to work on more in this line (how can I resist after your emboldening prodding?!) Thanks so very much Reggie--you take good care now and have a scintillating week! Michael
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MarcusPerry said 2345 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
Nice
Very well done! Excellent vocals.
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michaeljayklein said 2345 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
Thanks very much Marcus!

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KCsGROOVE said 2345 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
the ease
with which you sing this is amazing.
Great timing here, Michael!
it's one of those lazy sunday tunes hehe
very much enjoyed!
KC
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michaeljayklein said 2345 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
Thanks Cee!
But honestly, there are some spots on this that induce cringing listening back to it--but as it was, a little of a challenge for me (yanno, I'm into those uptempo swing things!) Thanks for the encouragement my friend--you take care now! Michael
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dave_b said 2345 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
If I Had You
Butter smooth delivery of a classic song. Don't know why you were worried.
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michaeljayklein said 2345 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
I'd even settle for margarine smooth on this deal!
Dave, you are too kind--thanks so very much for taking the time to listen to this thing and for your generous remarks! You take good care now, Michael
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ShadowofNine said 2345 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
Smooth
Delightful vocal, I'm always impressed....IMPRESSED....Impressive...
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michaeljayklein said 2345 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
Yanno Dave...
..if I could only remember to open my mouth a bit more sometimes, I might even give Sinatra a run for the liquor bottle! Just kidding--nobody was as good as him in this line, but I greatly and sincerely appreciated your positive response to this thing. You take good care (hope all is well)! Michael
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fasteddie said 2345 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
Hey MJK
You know you nailed the downtempo right on the knoggin!

Really this turned out great. The production is top notch. AND somehow Jerry Lewis managed to show up. LOL!

Very well done.
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michaeljayklein said 2344 days ago (January 25th, 2011)
Thanks again Mike!!

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scofugate said 2345 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
Man
Whats it gonna take to get you on an old school collab MJK? really!!
This is so freakin awesome.
Keep the oldies spark alive my friend!!!!!
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michaeljayklein said 2344 days ago (January 25th, 2011)
Any time Scott!
Thanks very much for stopping by and the kind words--you take care now! Michael
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TheReverendAG said 2345 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
Hey hey
That is some good singing. Nicely done. I wish I could sing that well.
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michaeljayklein said 2343 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
Thank you Rev!

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Char said 2344 days ago (January 25th, 2011)
I know
I've not heard this before. You had to put the smirky guy in there at the end. But for that touch, this is perfect as a romantic ballad and you sang it beautifully. Thanks.
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michaeljayklein said 2343 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
Thanks again Char!

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jgurner said 2344 days ago (January 25th, 2011)
Man!
I wish I could sing 'em like that. Excellent! Loved it.!
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michaeljayklein said 2342 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
Hey Joe...
...you are MUCH too kind--thanks very much! Michael
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mvh9591 said 2343 days ago (January 26th, 2011)
Very Nice___
As always Michael - Excellent job.

Enjoyed - Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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michaeljayklein said 2341 days ago (January 28th, 2011)
Thanks very much Michael!

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TERRAPLANE said 2343 days ago (January 27th, 2011)
yea baby,, I liked it
Way to hold those notes & carry a tune ,,swell job pal-ey
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michaeljayklein said 2341 days ago (January 28th, 2011)
Pally!
Okay, you obviously must know that was a favorite term of endearment used by Dean Martin! Thanks so very much John--you take care now!
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TERRAPLANE said 2341 days ago (January 28th, 2011)
anytime
George ; > )
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michaeljayklein said 2341 days ago (January 28th, 2011)
Thanks again Harvey!
(that was Sinatra's favorite nickname)
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jdholliday said 2341 days ago (January 28th, 2011)
Hello Michael
hope all is well friend, just got done working several 12 hour days and needed to get caught up here, and of course looked for the latest MJK first! And wow, did I strike MJK gold! This is beautiful, I love that lower register ballad crooning you do! This is officially my favorite MJK post!
Great backer and a world class vocal!


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michaeljayklein said 2341 days ago (January 28th, 2011)
Mr. Holliday...
James, you are far too kind, but I'll take all the handshakes I can get! Oh I don't know...there are a couple spots I'd like to fix on this, but we all have that problem once we are done, through, over and finished with the thing. I'm just very appreciative for your endorsement on this partner--thanks again and have a terrific weekend (best to Katy too--we miss her!) Michael
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egobandit said 2341 days ago (January 28th, 2011)
great dinner food
Me and my wife are eating Chinese listening to this very soothing and relaxing!You sound like Frankie in this excellent as always!
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michaeljayklein said 2341 days ago (January 28th, 2011)
Also...
I make very fine breakfast food! Thanks again Tim--you take care now!
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Keedee said 2341 days ago (January 28th, 2011)
Don't Be Silly...
You were BORN to sing these songs! This was SUPERB!!! ♥
michaeljayklein said 2341 days ago (January 28th, 2011)
I think you're right Lyn
...I just cannot sing contemporary music; not that I don't like it, I just can't get that sound right! You are so very kind--thanks Bapsie! I hope all is going okay for you over there; you take care now! xox Michael
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CC_Connection said 2336 days ago (February 2nd, 2011)
10 Stars!!!
I finally catching up to hear you singing again. This is so beautiful and very romantic. I dance but slow now. Thank you for such a beautiful song.

XOXO,
CC
Mike_Lynn said 2331 days ago (February 7th, 2011)
Very pleasant
This is indeed a very comfortable listen Michael. Excellent performance both in the singing and instrumentation. I could see you have already posted 13 songs since we commenced 2011. I think it's getting a bit difficult for me to keep up with you these days I guess. I'm sure you'll keep all the good music coming. Cheers / Mike
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