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About once a year I stumble through through this tune because it's one of my very favorites. It's from Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" (and with me, anything does, let me tell you!) This is for you Char.

Thanks again and hope y'all staying warm out dere!

Michael

"You're the Top" was written by Cole Porter (1933)
Accompaniment and arrangement: written and performed by A. McPike
Vocal: Munko Junko, the Garbage Heap that Walks Like a Man (courtesy of Tin-Tone Records and Tapes)
Artwork: Cole Porter, drawing a very fine prune face, I must say
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Narad said 2209 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
You're the Top
Very nice dedication to Char who is such a fine musician and person.
Most beautiful work here again, Michael ! :)

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michaeljayklein said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Thanks so much Harald
Yes, she is a swell gal and I'm glad you think so too! Take care now, Michael
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TvRicky said 2209 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
This is me too
MIchael you bring forth the memories of watching performances of this most delicious music with my Father when I was growing up..Ed Sullivan..Andy Williams..Perry Como..Sammy Davis..Dean Martin Sinatra..and many people are unaware that Marvin Gaye really wanted to go that way musically but was steered in another direction. Listen to Marvin well you will hear it. Much in "What's Going On" I love the natural realness and the love of the music that exudes from your being. WONDERFUL SONG and magnificent Production Quality..MY man Michael

A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky..Your voice is amazing..the sound!
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michaeljayklein said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Thanks again Ricky!
Oh, I was brought up on those guys and luckily saw many of them live while I had a chance. I'm glad my mom was such a musical person and always had those performers and sounds emanating from the record player--I took right up to that style of music (weirdly, my sister was up on the third floor bedroom playing rock day and night--I liked it, but it was mom's records I loved best!) Thank you so very much for those lovely words! Michael
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Skean said 2209 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Nice of you
Char must be pleased, nut not only her, you can count on me too, be well my friend…Cheers
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michaeljayklein said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Kenta
I'm really pleased you are too Kenta--thanks so very much! Michael
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gadzooks said 2209 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
You're the Top V.2
Fantastic serenading Michael. Love it!
SG
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Demeter7 said 2209 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Aw,
I'm ferklempt, verklempt and boonswaggled. You killed it, Michael. You seriously nailed it. S'wonderful, s'marvelous that you should go through that trouble for me. You are awful nice while I'm just awful. Thank you. (This is the next nicest thing anyone ever did for me. I think that Thanksgiving moment was the first nicest.) Love ya.
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michaeljayklein said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Char!
Well, let's switch that to your being awesome (see what one little syllable can do?!) I'm so glad you liked this Char and I was very happy to dedicate to ya--you take good care now and thanks again for all you do, Michael
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richard13 said 2209 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
No, YOU'RE the top!
Actually, I'm wondering now, what it is you really do on these tunes. I mean A. McPike does most of your accompaniment and then you have all sorts of characters we've never heard of, like Munko Junko, do the vocal work. So you do ... ?
Well, whatever you do, we love you.
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michaeljayklein said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Thanks Richard
You are much to kind!!! Michael
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magnatone said 2209 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
You're The Top
as jarvoid would say, i'm GOBSMACKED!!! (good god this is fabulous!)
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michaeljayklein said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Karen
I have to look to see if Jarvoid actually said that now! Thanks so very very much for your encouraging and kind words on this thing--you take good care and hope you and yours are staying warm!! Michael
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ShadowofNine said 2208 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
You're the Top
You the TOP Michael, no one like you which is a good thing me thinks, Fab song and performance...

PS Checked out CC's songs on her Web site, very impressive but that nothing new is it ?
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michaeljayklein said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Dave
Your compliments are greatly appreciated--thanks so very much!! Michael
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Philip18 said 2208 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
A delight
The usual mix of talent just keeps producing wonderful listening! The brass and the strings in the backing are impressive, but your full-of-expression singing is what makes the performance. Congratulations!
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michaeljayklein said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Thanks Philip!
I always feel so good when I croon this song--I have no idea why but I do! And I'm glad you liked it too! Much obliged to you for coming by and keep up the great work you're doing! Michael
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Loob said 2208 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
You're the Top V.2
Just amazing Michael! What else can I say?
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michaeljayklein said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Loob
Thanks again!
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Dadai.2 said 2208 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Do you have a life?
Michael, you keep churning out song after song. I haven't any idea where you get the time. But, I'm glad you don't have a life so that I can enjoy being thrown back in time to all the gems that we otherwise wouldn't have a clue about. Another great vocal performance. Take a breath... and then keep 'em coming!

D
michaeljayklein said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Jack
Actually, I post less than quite a lot here, but yes, I do work 40+ hours a week, take care of household chores, plus the dog and the aquariums, practice piano every night for 45 minutes and also do volunteer work in the community 2 Saturdays per month. I guess I have a lot of time to do these things because I don't spend entire days on this site maybe! :) Thanks again and take care now! Michael
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tokai said 2208 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
cool
singing once again, you must have done this for a living.
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michaeljayklein said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Thank ya!
Mmmmmm...no actually, I did work as a pianist for quite a while, but sang rarely (I've only been into singing maybe 5 years now, but I did study with a teacher for a couple so that might have helped!) Appreciated and take good care now! Michael
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neilh79 said 2208 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
You're the Top
Surprise surprise!! AWESOME. Didn't know this song at all but great rendition!
michaeljayklein said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Thanks again Neil!
I'm glad I could introduce you to one of Mr. Porter's best! Michael
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dave_b said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
YOUR'E THE TOP
Great job Michael on yet another classic song. Excellence is routine with you (although I don't know which number :))
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michaeljayklein said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Hey Dave!
Hahahahahahah...I think this routine has not been assigned a number yet, but thanks to you, I will get working on it. You are too kind--thanks so very much--as always! Michael
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Jarvoid said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
You are the top V2....
now hang on....is this an ode to a successor to the V1...the dreaded doodlebug......? Which is slightly strange and a little mystifying or have I finall let go ofany tenuous grasp I may have had on this little stick that we call reality and gone gompertempingsancompletloopy......? I have haven't I ......nurse I'm out of bed again !


Cracking good song though Grommitt......ode to a rocket.....who would have thought it.





CJ
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michaeljayklein said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
The Dreaded Doodlebug
"Tenuous"--now that is a word I've not heard since 1992 (thanks for remembering this excellent word!) I am gompertempinsancompletoopified by your most generous and almost understandable praise! The difference is in this version I sang the verse so there ya go! Thanks again Chris and have a most bustripifyingleeclubishoppingly good weekend! Michael
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RAVENS said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Fabulous
I heard this the other day, but wanted to come back to comment. What a wonderful performance, and dedicated to such a sweet gal. Stay warm, ya hear?

Imps ;-)
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michaeljayklein said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
Warm as can be...both if us!
My little studio-ette is down here in Farina Land and this basement is always pretty warm in the winter (amazingly enough) and hope you are nice and cozy too. That reminds me, I need to croak out my favorite winter song of all time this weekend if I have time (three clues: icicles forming, wind blowing and Irving Berlin!) Thanks again you! Michael
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Llarion said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
I so want your voice.
You really nail these interpretations. I love your versatility and style, and unashamed wingdinginess... :)
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michaeljayklein said 2204 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Thanks again Phil!

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Doug Somers said 2207 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
No, YOU'RE the top
Nailed nailed nailed this one. A joy to hear it - you're voice is bang on with this interpretation. I can understand why it's a favourite of yours. It comes through in spades in how you perform it.

Another classic for the iPod! Many thanks Michael!!!
Doug
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michaeljayklein said 2204 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Thank you Doug
I just love singing happy songs I guess! As always you are so very kind and supportive of me and I do appreciate it greatly! Thank you again Doug and hope you and yours have a Merrie Christmas! Michael
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DWL said 2206 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
You never disappoint!
Wonderful vocals (again) Michael.

Great song choice as well.

Cheers

Dick
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michaeljayklein said 2204 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Dick
Hearing from you always makes my day (or evening, depending on when it is!) Thanks so very much mate! Michael
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egobandit said 2206 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
keeping it real
Love the fact that you bring this to the MJ community , No No your the tops!
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michaeljayklein said 2204 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Thanks Tim
And this place would be dimmer without your great work--thanks as always for your supportive and gracious remarks! Merrie Christmas to you and the family should we not cross paths until then (probably will, but yanno, just in case!) Take care now, Michael
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Sigmund said 2205 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
You're the Top!
I can understand why it's one of your favorites - it is a very well written song, and you sing it beautifully. Enjoyed Michael!
Sig
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michaeljayklein said 2204 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Thanks very much Sigmund!

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billykirsch said 2205 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
Michael
I was listening yesterday night in awe to the quality of this.
I didn't listen very often to songs from this period, and then I was thinking you are like a miner that brings these songs back to the surface so we enjoy them under the bright light. Like Tiny Tim, that sung the songs he heard at his home when he was a child, but without the comedy layer (or just a little bit less of it).

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michaeljayklein said 2204 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Thanks very kindly Billy!

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PockBluesman said 2204 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
not suprised
Not suprised in the slightest Micheal. you do his genre so well. I take my hat off and doff it in your direction sir. Top effort. Really enjoyed. Keep singing and I'll keep listening. Cheers Rick.
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michaeljayklein said 2204 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Hi Rick!
Great hearing from you!! I'm flattered very much by your generous review of this, especially as I enjoy your work greatly. Thank for you that and here's to a Merrie Christmas to you and yours! Michael
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SMT said 2204 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Michael
Hey, when did you get to be the top?
michaeljayklein said 2204 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Bang!! Zoooom!

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five_extra_arms said 2204 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
So Pathetic
Your production is dynamite on this tune. Great arrangement and it has all the characteristics that I like of songs from this period. It doesn't sound like you "tried" to make it sound like it was written and recorded in the 1930s. I honestly believe you did this in the 1930s!

Strong work.

D/L'd
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michaeljayklein said 2203 days ago (December 6th, 2011)
Hi Bob
Say, I really appreciated hearing from ya--thanks greatly for such kind words! Nah, I just sound like some singer who's been dead for 50 years--comes naturally! Again, happy you like this song and wishing you and yours a very Merrie Christmas! Michael
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Bowman said 2203 days ago (December 6th, 2011)
This song floats
and you totally own it Michael. You've made me a life long fan of Mr. Portor's. I think for a long time he was just too sophisticated for me but maybe it's just that I'm getting older and see and hear things a bit differently these days but this sure gave me a lot of pleasure Michael.
So list me as a fan of Cole Portor and Michael Jay Klein.
Cheers,
Charlie
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michaeljayklein said 2203 days ago (December 6th, 2011)
Charlie!
I love Cole Porter's music--his lyrics were just wonderful and I'd do even more, but they are all so associated with Mr. Sinatra that I won't touch 'em (at least in public anyway! I do like singing his "Night and Day"--one of my favorites by Porter). I'm really glad you liked this song and and it's composer--I agree! And thank you for your kind words on my performance of it! You take good care now and here's to a bright and happy Merrie Christmas to you and yours! Michael
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abzwork said 2203 days ago (December 6th, 2011)
Tops 4sure..
One of my alltime favs...a most excellent outing with big smiles..:):)peace
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michaeljayklein said 2203 days ago (December 6th, 2011)
Thanks Erin!
You are too kind! I really appreciate that (and by the way, if you are still in Atlantic City, could you FedEx me an Italian sausage sub from The White House Sub Shop? Lettuce and extra mayo!) Thanks again and glad to meet you and your music! Michael
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rok41 said 2203 days ago (December 7th, 2011)
You're The Top
Excellent performance Michael...the real deal!
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michaeljayklein said 2202 days ago (December 7th, 2011)
Thanks for coming by Mr. Flynn!
I do appreciate it very much! Michael
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kristyjo said 2199 days ago (December 10th, 2011)
Whenever I hear this
I hear the line,"He was going to write,'You're the top, you're Leonard Zelig, but then he couldn't find anything to rhyme with Zelig'"
Love it even without Zelig. Man, you style these standards SO well!
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Keedee said 2198 days ago (December 11th, 2011)
You're The Top...
Your singing takes me back to a time when men gave orchids and diamond bracelets. Possibly that only happened in the movies but just to imagine it is thrill enough for me....as you are. Loved it...Love you!! ♥


smokey bacon jnr said 2194 days ago (December 15th, 2011)
Witty!
I love this kind of lyric - so urbane and witty. Nice rendition. Very enjoyable.
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