Yesterday I finally discovered the songs of Michael Bublé. Of course once you finally notice some outstanding performer you’ve previously been ignorant of, you immediately start to notice him or her everywhere. Yesterday and today I listened to a bunch of his song samples on iTunes, cherrypicked my favorites for purchase, and set up a playlist for a drive to Tulsa. After lunch there I was browsing at a bookstore and promptly ran across an unkind photo of him in a gossip rag – they’re just jealous of his marvelous voice, I suppose.
You can hear my Bublé playlist via YouTube; below are details and links for each of my 11 selections, including other famous versions of the songs.
1. Save the Last Dance for Me
2. Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)
Michael is joined by Sharon Jones and Dap-Kings on this 1960 song composed by Clyde Otis, Murray Stein, and Brook Benton. Dinah Washington and Brook Benton had a top-five hit with it.
Michael wrote this song for then-girlfriend Emily Blunt on his 2007 album Call Me Irresponsible.
4. It Had Better Be Tonight (Meglio Stasera)
This 1963 number has great credentials with music by Henry Mancini, Italian lyrics by Franco Migliacci, and English lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It appeared in the original Pink Panther film, performed by Fran Jeffries. Michael performs an adaptation of an arrangement of it for Lena Horne. “Meglio stasera” translates as “Better tonight” and “Fa’ subito” as “Do it right away” – the urgent message is basically, “Let’s make love tonight, because who knows what will happen tomorrow.”
5. I’m Your Man
I’ve owned this title track of a 1988 Leonard Cohen album for many years, but Michael’s take on it is superb.
6. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Naturally I already owned this 1979 Queen song, which reached #1 in 1980 and was composed and sung by Freddie Mercury. But Michael jazzes it up.
7. Haven’t Met You Yet
Michael wrote this charmer with Alan Chang and Amy Foster-Gilles in 2009, dedicating it to his then-fiancée and later wife, Luisana Lopilato.
I’ve loved this song since I first hear Anita Kelsey overdub Jennifer Connelly’s performance of it in the theatrical release of Dark City. It was composed in 1953 as ¿Quién será? by Mexican composer and bandleader Pablo Beltrán Ruiz and the best known version was in 1954 by Dean Martin.
Michael wrote this in 2009 for his album Crazy Love.
10. Feeling Good
This was a number composed by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for the 1965 musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd with Cy Grant singing. My favorite version is by Nina Simone, but Michael does a fine job.
11. Spiderman Theme (Junkie XL Remix)
Who knew it could sound this good? Paul Francis Webster and Robert “Bob” Harris wrote this for the 1967 animated television series.