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I recorded this a couple years ago or so, but thought I'd try it again! This song was made popular in the 1940s by Mel Torme, backed by Benny Goodman and his quartet. Now, originally on the track, during the bridge, I received a most unexpected visit from The Ghost of Mel Torme, who threatened to haunt my pop guard and make my microphone smell like George Shearing's socks for desecrating one of his signature tunes. I cut that part out, BUT, if you'd like a copy of the original, including this aforementioned spectral visitation, send $9.99 to:

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Birmingham, AL 35212

"You're a Heavenly Thing" was written by Harold Arlen and Joe Young (not the "Mighty Joe Young" of cinema fame) in 1937.

Accompaniment: Sir Alan McPike of Scotland Yard
Vocal Attempts: MJK

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Uploaded: Oct 08, 2013 - 05:33:48 AM
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Bowman said 1233 days ago (October 8th, 2013)
Sung
and performed with class to burn.

Even on my cheap headphones here at work this sounds terrific Michael.
Cheers,
Charlie
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michaeljayklein said 1232 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
Thanks Charlie
I worked a little harder than usual in trying to mix this right, so I'm really glad you liked how it came out! You take care now, Michael
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Narad said 1233 days ago (October 8th, 2013)
You're a Heavenly Thing
Heavenly performed. Michael ! It's always a magical treat to listen to your music. :)
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michaeljayklein said 1232 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
You're too kind...
...thanks again Harald, I always appreciate hearing from you! Michael
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J_Gretch said 1233 days ago (October 8th, 2013)
You're a Heavenly Thing
You always pick the perfect songs to sing...of course with a quality voice like yours,you could sing the phone-book and it would be entertaining :)....Much enjoyed!
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michaeljayklein said 1232 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
Thank you Mr. Gretch!
Well, phone books are always good sources of vocal inspiration, but Chinese menus are even better I think! Again thanks for listening and for that awfully generous review! Michael
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Philip18 said 1233 days ago (October 8th, 2013)
Heavenly
Smooth backing from Sir Al, and that allows your vocal to come to the fore. Relaxed phrasing and warm tone make this very enjoyable listening, Michael!
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michaeljayklein said 1231 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
Thanks so very much Philip
It's a song I really like and one I discovered quite later in life (and I thought I KNEW them all by that point!) Appreciated hearing from you! Michael
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PeterB7858 said 1233 days ago (October 8th, 2013)
You're a Heavenly Thing
Great to see Sir Alan's ascension to knight of the realm but you have carried that guy from day one, Michael :-) You need to be at least a Baronet if there is any justice in the world. A right royal rendition, anyway. Enjoyed, as always. Take care, Peter.
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michaeljayklein said 1231 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
I know!
"Baron of Gray Matter"--that works for me! You are so kind Peter, I'm really happy you liked this old, somewhat neglected song from the past. Thanks again, and take good care now, MIchael
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lyzak said 1233 days ago (October 8th, 2013)
Enjoyed!
I'm never not uplifted by the listening to one of your tunes.. and can see nothing but a smiling face outlined by those three birds.
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michaeljayklein said 1231 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
Hi Greg...
I really love to get remarks like that about my stuff--thank you greatly!
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groovehounds said 1232 days ago (October 9th, 2013)
You're a Heavenly Thing
Excellent! LOved it ... great backing track and super crooner vocals... music that puts a touch of life and romance back into an otherwise dismal world ....

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michaeljayklein said 1231 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
Stan...
...always great to hear from you and your generous remarks certainly have put a lift in my step! I see I've missed quite a few of your works under the "Groovehounds" line, and I know I will enjoy checking them out. Anything involving you is always some of the very best, I know. Take care now and thanks again, Michael
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rok41 said 1232 days ago (October 9th, 2013)
Heavenly Thing
Smooth as butter Michael. Enjoyed this!

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michaeljayklein said 1231 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
I was hoping for margarine...
...but butter is even better! Thanks again Chris!
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Llarion said 1232 days ago (October 9th, 2013)
Very wise...
You always seem to do things that are a perfect fit for your voice. As always, this is nattily dressed and impeccably styled. A little sibilance in the vocal track, but nothing to get in a twist over.... A tiny de-esser, perhaps... :)
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michaeljayklein said 1231 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
Thank you Phil!
I like working on the same basic 62 songs over the years, because I sincerely believe every time I record one of them, it's a little better, no matter how modestly. And this is a wonderful song! I did have the de-esser switched on via my Nectar plugin; perhaps not dialed in enough, but then again, I'm just learning this new plug along with a few others I've recently acquired (my favorite all time plugin is the Waves Vocal Rider--it works along the lines of "ducking" but far subtler! Glad you enjoyed this Harold Arlen song--he was one of the very best. Take care now, Michael
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DWL said 1232 days ago (October 9th, 2013)
Another song I don't know
Brilliant work as always Michael and a spirited vocal ;-)

Cheers

Dick


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michaeljayklein said 1231 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
Cheers Dick
I always smile when I see your beaming countenance gracing one of my things--hope you are doing well mate and my sincere thanks for those awfully kind words! Take care now! Michael
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RAVENS said 1232 days ago (October 9th, 2013)
I sent you...
A check for $8.88, well, cause I'm a bimbo and stuff.

Bee-U-Tee-Ful, what a delight to hear you sing this evening. Like magic to my ears, whatta performance! Love & miss you! ;-)

Imps
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michaeljayklein said 1231 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
Impsie!
For you, I'll give you the special bimbo discount rate, so don't worry about the check! I miss you too (actually I miss myself lately now that I conjecture over it) and hope you're doing very good things! You take good care now, xox, Moe
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grah3am said 1232 days ago (October 9th, 2013)
Astronomical
A treat as always. Was there a tune to "Mighty Joe Young"? If there was, I'd love to hear your version. (But don't bother if it's all like "Grah! Grunt! Roar! Although ...)
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michaeljayklein said 1231 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
In fact....
...believe this or not, "Beautiful Dreamer", the old Stephen Foster song was the tune associated with that 1949 picture Graham (it calmed Joe down whenever it was played--this makes perfect sense to me), but I'll defer any version of mine to past greats like Junior Samples, who did it so very well. Hey, nice to hear from you--and thanks again, Michael
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michaeljayklein said 1231 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
In fact....
...believe this or not, "Beautiful Dreamer", the old Stephen Foster song was the tune associated with that 1949 picture Graham (it calmed Joe down whenever it was played--this makes perfect sense to me), but I'll defer any version of mine to past greats like Junior Samples, who did it so very well. Hey, nice to hear from you--and thanks again, Michael
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grah3am said 1230 days ago (October 11th, 2013)
Grah! Grunt! Roar!
I'm quite keen on the whole idea now. I'm hearing in my mind's ear a sort of "Loving You Has Made Me Bananas' thing, but the chorus is as above. Like a hopeless Tarzan love song, where his beloved only ever responds with ape noises. Sigh. This is why I will never make it in rock music.
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alackbass said 1232 days ago (October 9th, 2013)
You're a Heavenly Thing
I needed this today. Turned my frown upside-down! The bridge vocal is particularly nice. Great phrasing.
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michaeljayklein said 1231 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
Thanks so much Andrew!
I'm really pleased you like the work on the bridge; I did 3 takes of this song and that was the part from the first take I decided to put into the final version. So nice to hear from you and hope things are going well for you. And...I made it through my first summer in the Deep South without getting fried, parboiled or even cremated (it wasn't that bad!) Take care now, Michael
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egobandit said 1231 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
made my morning
taking this to work with me thanks again!
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michaeljayklein said 1231 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
Hey Tim!!
I had just logged off here and saw via my e-mail you had stopped by so here I am--was just heading out in fact! Well, if you take it to work, wrap it in a brown paper bag, you know, just in case! You're too much--thanks again my friend and hope your day is a good one! (PS: Put that song back up! I was just going to listen to it when you took it off, no fair!!)
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KCsGROOVE said 1231 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
heavenly
very cool tune, Michael..
sung with flair :-)
you know I'm a fan...
very much enjoyed
KC
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michaeljayklein said 1231 days ago (October 11th, 2013)
Thanks again Cees...
Coming from you, that's quite a nice compliment! Take care now, Michael
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paul f. page said 1231 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
An instant classic...
...and not just because it is a classic, but because you give it the MJK magical treatment with some very measured nuances and such personal style. It is getting difficult to comment about your "stylings," Michael, because every single one of them is beautifully rendered. You are single-handedly resurrecting these marvelous chestnuts that deserve to be heard again and again. You are blessed with the perfect voice for this kind of song, and it's a blessing that you share them so willingly.Superb.
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michaeljayklein said 1231 days ago (October 11th, 2013)
Thank you Paul...
...gosh you know how to make a guy smile!! I would love to work with you one day with you at the piano (I play like Chico Marx compared to you!) I so very much appreciated hearing from you and delighted you liked this great old song from an earlier day. Take good care now! Michael
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guygrooves said 1231 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
Top Drawer
As always Michael you have really done a wonderful job on this.
Peace
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michaeljayklein said 1231 days ago (October 11th, 2013)
Thanks again Guy...
...it's good to see you again and I'm greatly obliged for your listening in. Take good care now, Michael
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jiguma said 1231 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
Old and neglected :)
Very nice rendition of this tune Michael - you definitely have a large dose of style, which makes listening to your renditions such an enjoyable few minutes. My mum would have loved this!
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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michaeljayklein said 1231 days ago (October 11th, 2013)
Neil
Thank you so very much Neil!
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Jarvoid said 1231 days ago (October 10th, 2013)
Superbly
executed me old mucker.....

You do not want a haunted pop guard...not even this close to Hallowe'en....and I have issues with Mr Shearing for writing Lullaby Of Birdland...bit of a long and arduous story ...I may tell it some time...


Cheers

Jarvo
michaeljayklein said 1231 days ago (October 11th, 2013)
Jarvo!!
I had a haunted pop guard not terribly long ago--had to spray it down with Holy Water now and then hold it in abeyance, but it's not easy procuring that stuff (well, at least for the reasons I needed it anyway) so I wholeheartedly hear you on that account mate! I think I recall reading on Wikipedia about George stealing your song from you (but the revenge you extracted on him--well, I won't reveal any more for the benefit of people who have not read the full story yet, but it's the reason George REALLY wore sunglasses). Thanks so very much mate--I am duly obliged for your cheer and praise! Take good care now, Michael (PS: How about the Spirit of Stanley Holloway inhabiting your toothbrush? Now THAT is scary!)
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Keedee said 1230 days ago (October 11th, 2013)
Wow...
It's hard to imagine that this song could have gotten any better BUT you surpassed yourself...even without the clanging chains of Marley, I mean.. Mel interrupting you! You're BRILLIANT!!! ♥
michaeljayklein said 1230 days ago (October 11th, 2013)
Bapsala!!
It sure was so very nice of you to make the trip over here even though you've heard this deal before--thanks so very, very much! Speaking of "clanging", my new microphone excels at picking up the jangling of Farina's dog tags even better than the last one. I had one whole take on this thing that I was mixing and kept hearing his tags jingling, thinking he was sitting on my bed behind me. Of course, I was hearing it all through my headphones via the recording he put a guest appearance on! Took me an hour to realize that! You take care Lyn and: XOXOXOXOXOOX Moe
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IbotenicParadigm said 1230 days ago (October 11th, 2013)
This is a Lulu
I meant to comment last night so I could say, "Let's see.... what's tonight? Oh, yes, Thursday. Tonight's the night he takes me on a tour of the Kosciuszko St sewer."
Solid job on this one. It sounds just a little different (might be the backing track), and your vocal really shines.

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michaeljayklein said 1230 days ago (October 11th, 2013)
"Come back Little Lulu!"
Just for that beautiful review, I'm sending you a free, year's supply of "Kram-Mar's Delicious Mystery Appetizer". Thank you so very much Ib!
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IbotenicParadigm said 1228 days ago (October 13th, 2013)
.
Well, that's better than a year's supply of dog food, I guess!


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magnatone said 1229 days ago (October 12th, 2013)
Heavenly Thing
sigh .... Michael, you're just the best!
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michaeljayklein said 1229 days ago (October 12th, 2013)
Ah geez...
Thank you so very much Karen! Well, today is my birthday and you know, those kind words from you--well, they mean much more to me than any gift card I'm sure to find when I open my mail later today. Such a nice gift from you! I hope your doing better and that the days ahead are bright and sunny for you. Take good care now, Michael (PS: And no, I won't give out my age! Let's just say I'm older than I am and let it go at that!)
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magnatone said 1229 days ago (October 12th, 2013)
OOH
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MJK!!!
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richard13 said 1229 days ago (October 12th, 2013)
What can I say?
You're the tops!
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michaeljayklein said 1229 days ago (October 12th, 2013)
Good morning Sir Richard!
That's because I spin around all day wondering where I am! Thanks so much Richard; I greatly appreciate that! You take care now and I hope you are going to be more prolific with your music soon! Michael
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richard13 said 1229 days ago (October 12th, 2013)
Be careful what you wish for Michael ;-)
BTW, Happy Birthday! I just found out recently that we are all ageing at the same rate. Some of us just present better.
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Bob6stringer said 1228 days ago (October 13th, 2013)
Velveteen fog routine
You are a beautiful man...a virtual legend. Velvety. There are a whole lot of jazz musicians who need pipes like yours to front them. Best, --B.
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thetiler said 1222 days ago (October 20th, 2013)
Terrific
WOW, Sounds like Mel would be proud of the way you sing this.
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VicDiesel said 1217 days ago (October 24th, 2013)
Thorme
Great vox on this. Buttery smooth!
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FEEL said 1205 days ago (November 5th, 2013)
Great smiley
fantastic vocals as usual. Nice track and it compliments you well. Enjoyable listen!
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sschedra said 1205 days ago (November 5th, 2013)
MJK
Its been a couple of years since I've been around here, but then I looked in the corner and saw the dusty Klein-a-Scope, with its 1/8 inch thick vinyl platters sitting idle. So, I started the discs whirling at 78RPM and what do you know . . . it still works! You still have the magic MJK. Keep at it!
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michaeljayklein said 1148 days ago (January 1st, 2014)
Thanks so very much Stephen!
Sometimes I don't feel like singing as much as I used to, but perhaps what I save it up for makes things better. You are so kind--I'm very touched by your wonderfully nice words...thank you!
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Doug Somers said 1196 days ago (November 14th, 2013)
Heavenly pipes
I haven't heard this in years and having your performance be the reminder is a treat indeed. I don't think I would like The Velvet Fog to be the singer - it needs the sonority of your voice to really make it shine. As usual, knocked it out of the park Michael. Sorry to be late to the party, but at least the song is still fresh!!
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michaeljayklein said 1148 days ago (January 1st, 2014)
Doug!
You know, I'm only just now returning your gracious and kind words in our new year of 2014! Sorry bout that! To be honest, sometimes after a while, I go back to listen to my stuff, just to see if I thought I did as good now as I did then. And you know, if I may be so modest, I did a damned good job with this! Out of so many recordings I've made over the years, this is one of the very few I may be pretty happy with. I'm glad I did it. Thanks again Doug, I'm deeply obliged and very humbled by your generous praise! Michael
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