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This is a song introduced by Al Jolson (written by Jolson and Billy Rose) in the 1920s and for a public domain song is still quite a money maker for the artists who have performed it. Thanks for listening and take good care now!

Michael

"There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder" (PD)
Written by Al Jolson and Billy Rose (1927)
Musical arrangement: John Boyd, used with permission for promotion
Vocal: Michael
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Uploaded: Jul 19, 2010 - 10:01:37 AM
Last Updated: Sep 14, 2011 - 01:45:12 AM Last Played: Jul 13, 2017 - 06:22:38 AM
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awigze said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
oh goodness
got me right in my buggin out eye! good sangin'
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michaeljayklein said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Thanks Andy
I'm glad it didn't pop in--easier to poke it back to normal after it pops out, yanno? You take care now, Michael
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hackneybloke said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
rainbow
wow michael....this one's really spot on...have you mixed it differently from the others? we even get a key change...spoiling us. i'm still missing a bark from farina at the end though.
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michaeljayklein said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Julian, my little cactus blossom
Actually, this is one I did a LONG time ago so the mix is a little different (to be honest, in retrospect, I'm not to pleased with it, but it's serviceable I guess!). Incidentally, Farina may not bark often in my junk, but a LOT of times if you listen carefully, you might hear him rattling his dog tags (something about that frequency they produce penetrates right into the track too--I'm sure he's fully aware of that too!) You take care now and thanks so very much for your support and kind words! Michael

(PS: And put that life preserver on, daggummit!)
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DWL said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
A word should also go
to the guy who puts these arrangements together and gives you such fine backing!

Perfectly performed Michael. As always, simply quality work.

Cheers

Dick
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michaeljayklein said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Thank you Dick
I actually don't know too much about John Boyd--I bought this track off his site years ago--he even used one of my recordings of his tracks as demos, but somewhere along the line his site folded up--and I wish I knew where he went because as you say, he did a wonderful job with this! Thanks again and take good care now, Michael
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alackbass said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Egg Slicer, Fly paper, & Nasonex
I’ll be off to Wal*Mart now to purchase the three pieces of hardware that are clearly the secret ingredients to creating that magical MJK sound, an egg slicer, some fly paper, and some Nasonex. One of the things I love about this place is the seemingly never ending flow of helpful tips. As always Michael, a wonderful post!
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michaeljayklein said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Thanks Andrew!
Listening to this now, some two years later, I can tell I SHOULD have had that Nasonex handy (my sinus troubles are legendary around here so won't bore you with the details!), but I remember the feeling inside of me when I sang this one and it felt good. Andrew, another secret ingredient not mentioned above is the monkey gland injections, but at $50,000 a pop every week, I don't want to rub that in too much for some folks in the lower wage brackets. Thanks again for your endorsement and glad you enjoyed this song! Michael
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ted23 said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Lifted my
Spirits while I sat on the bus home full of oddballs after a crapola day at work.
Dunno what I'd do without 3G and fine tunes like this on my bus journeys home.
Nice work
michaeljayklein said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Ted
As a bus commuter myself, I am fully aware of the unmitigated horrors one faces--and yes, definitely nothing amazing to be found on one (other than people who apparently bathe in cheap perfume before leaving home--or the guy that gets on every morning and never has enough fare for the bus, holding everybody up from getting to work--yes, I know the deal my friend! UGH!) Well, I hope even in some little way this helped ease the crapifying day you had--and thanks for letting me know! You take care now, Michael
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Reinholt56 said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Hi Michael....
Excellent vocals again.

I love these old standards?? And anything that Al Jolson touched is good enough for me.

Take care.

Paul
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michaeljayklein said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Thank you Mr. Reinholt!
I think it was after seeing "The Jolson Story"--the movie version of Al Jolson's life in my very early teens, was when I started to sing a lot more around the house! Weirdly enough, and I'm NOT kidding, but my partner's father's first and middle name is "Al Jolson". Now how about that?! Thanks very much for your nice words and for stopping by to listen--take care now, Michael
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Gaylen75 said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Dang
Those pipes are amazing. Great sound bed. Love it all around.
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michaeljayklein said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Thanks Gaylen...
...you are too kind! Take care now, Michael
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Briguy777 said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
God bless big band
Play it again Sam! nothing better than big band hits. Good tune.
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michaeljayklein said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Thanks very much Briguy!

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Calchas said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE
Al Jolson! Thank you for posting, and I WILL take good care!

Be well friend!
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michaeljayklein said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Thanks Micheal!
Actually, I do a fair to middlin' impression of Jolie and might try it out here one day. Thanks so very much for your support and generous words! Take care now, Michael
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RAVENS said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Beautiful
You're in love & I'm crippled today, whew! I'm in heaven listening to you, whatta voice I tell you. Lovely mix as well. You da bestest!

Imp ;-)
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michaeljayklein said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
You're crippled...
,..and I'm half-asleep (didn't go into work today--one of THOSE nights again Impsie--ugh!) Hope you are feeling better really soon and that you're not shaped like a question mark or anything strange like that! You are too sweet--thanks again! Michael
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TERRAPLANE said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Gee
I never heard this tune before,, Your character really shines here Michael. You carry a melody so well! I don't know how Jolson's megaphone sound would carry this tune as well.. Now I'm curious to hear it.. Wow to sing with such an awesome big band how did you keep your eyes from popping out!! ; > ),, Thanks for the DL friend
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michaeljayklein said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Hi Terry
Actually Jolson had a lot of projection in his voice so never needed a megaphone (nor a mic, even when that became the standard)--you might be thinking of Rudy Vallee (whom I somehow or another managed to see in person before he died--my dad remembered seeing Al Jolson perform when he was kid, however). This is such a happy, upbeat kind of song--the kind I enjoy singing the most, so very pleased that you liked it as well--and thanks for your very nice remarks on it too. Take care now! Michael
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RochaMalhada said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
you hit the notes
crazy how you stay on key as you jump at the target notes

spank me, it's great!

. - Harold
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michaeljayklein said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Hey there Harold
Well, yanno, I studied piano for a very long time and I think that has helped me with placement when singing (even when playing, I "hear" what I'm going to play next just seconds before--even as a kid, I had a very good ear and could pick out jingles from commercials and TV show themes on the little toy piano my parents first bought me). Appreciated hearing from you buddy--take good care now! Michael
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lilmom said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Oh my!
Look at you go! Gosh what a voice!!!! This is a great tune, too!
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michaeljayklein said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Thanks for stopping by Mom!!

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Dadai.2 said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
MJK....

... the real American Songbook singer (as opposed to Maggie Mae's boyfriend).

Wonderful rendition. Thanks again for bringing to us these oldies.

D
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michaeljayklein said 2558 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Thank you Jack!
No offense, but when I hear that man sing I always feel like I should be reaching into a bag of Hall's Mentholatums or something. You know, some of these lesser known Jolson songs like this one are ripe for rediscovery--everybody knows the usual Jolson standards, but he did quite a few excellent songs that are not as well remembered today. Maybe I'll work those in somehow! Highly appreciated hearing from a fine artist like yourself Jack--take good care now! Michael
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MarkHolbrook said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Sometimes
when I listen to you MJK I think I'm hearing the original... You do these so well it is amazing.
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michaeljayklein said 2558 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
I try Mark!
Lots of things I wish I could sing, but on the stuff I end up doing, I just try my best is all. Thanks for your extremely positive endorsement--and take good care now! Michael
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jdholliday said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Michael
I honestly got distracted by ADD while listening to this and forgot it was you and then when I snapped back into reality I was like who the heck is this crooner? Oh it's Michael, I honestly can't tell the difference between you and the greats, you're one of them in my book! If they played your stuff with the rest of them on satellite radio people would do the same... who the....... is that? he's awesome!
What a voice! What a backer!
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michaeljayklein said 2558 days ago (July 20th, 2010)
JD
Coming from one of the very top male singers around this joint, your words made me glow so much, I could have illuminated an office building while reading them. Thanks so very much for doing that! Take care now, Michael
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Keedee said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
There's a Rainbow??? Moe must be singing..
There's always a rainbow in the vicinity whenever you start to sing, Michael. This was one celestial Treat!!!♥
michaeljayklein said 2558 days ago (July 20th, 2010)
And somewhere over that rainbow...
...I bet I'd find you! Thanks again Keedee--I hope one day I can induce you to post a song here so the folks can hear the bright star you are. You take care now--will write later tomorrow! xox M
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dave_b said 2559 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
There's a Rainbow Round My Shoulder
Another fantastic song, don't think I've heard it before, thanks for the intro. Your vocals are stellar as usual.
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michaeljayklein said 2558 days ago (July 20th, 2010)
Dave!
One thing about my stuff, NOBODY living has heard them before (well, sometimes anyway!) Thanks for the vote of confidence and taking time out to listen--as always, it's very much appreciated (by the way, we need to hear a new one from you one of these days!) Take care now, Michael
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guygrooves said 2558 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
MJK
You have opened some musical doors for me that may have been closed my whole life. I have always liked the music I am hearing you perform here at MJ, but now I am loving it. I do look forward to your performances and like some more than others but this one compelled me to thank you for making me listen a little closer to these tunes. This is remarkable Michael I can't find the words to describe just how good this is.
Peace
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michaeljayklein said 2558 days ago (July 20th, 2010)
Guy
I can't find the right words to describe how much your very kind words affected me--that's the kind of thing I love to hear because it's not just my voice or anything, but the music that's important to me--I love these old songs very much and hopefully it shows a little. So THANK YOU--very much, too. You take good care now, Michael

Shalom
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btransue said 2558 days ago (July 19th, 2010)
Totally groovin
Big smile :)
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michaeljayklein said 2558 days ago (July 20th, 2010)
Thanks, and keep smiling!

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chinaman2 said 2558 days ago (July 20th, 2010)
another
stirring performance Michael. such a pure tone with your vocals. just perfect man.
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michaeljayklein said 2558 days ago (July 20th, 2010)
Shew...
...I didn't realize this one would generate so much interest--my typing fingers are worn out responding, but that's okay--keep them coming! Glad you enjoyed this Mannix--I fell right into it, aided and abetted by that marvelous arrangement you heard! Thanks again--and take care now, Michael
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Symphony101 said 2558 days ago (July 20th, 2010)
Rainbow in my soul
When I hear you Michael, I just feel great. You pass on this energy. You rock man.
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michaeljayklein said 2558 days ago (July 20th, 2010)
Yves
I'm just a bundle of nerves--I think it radiates outward or something! You are another one that passes along positive energy and I'm very grateful to have befriended you. Thanks again--and take good care now, Michael
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fasteddie said 2558 days ago (July 20th, 2010)
Michael
This one is the pep pill of songs. What a lift! Where's my Al Jolson brand yamicah? Great stuff. My eyes were popping out.
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michaeljayklein said 2556 days ago (July 21st, 2010)
Thanks Michael
Actually, somewhere around here, I have my dad's yamaka (I only wore it once to go to some girl's bat mitzvah)! Glad to make your eyes pop out any time partner--you take good care now and great to hear from you! Michael
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speedonl said 2557 days ago (July 20th, 2010)
There's a Rainbow Round My Shoulder
Great voice, this is Pro!!
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michaeljayklein said 2556 days ago (July 22nd, 2010)
Thanks very much Speed! Take care now, Michael

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kickliquid said 2557 days ago (July 21st, 2010)
Listening...
..to a track of yours always makes me want attempt to write/sing a swing/jazz type track. You definitely have a talent and ear for this genre. Great song
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michaeljayklein said 2556 days ago (July 22nd, 2010)
Hey Kick
I love your profile picture! Glad you could stop by and happy you enjoyed this old tune that's not often heard but still durable! I have a lot of swing/jazz originals that I've composed over the years and hope to present them here when I can digitally record them. Thanks for your support and take good care now, Michael
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CC_Connection said 2557 days ago (July 21st, 2010)
10 Stars!!!
Dancing is my favorite thing to do when I hear you sing Michael. This so beautiful thank you for making my day so much better. I love this so much.

XOXO,
CC
michaeljayklein said 2556 days ago (July 22nd, 2010)
Tina
You are always wonderful to hear from--thanks many times over for that! We need to get you on "Dancing with the Stars" (you'd be the brightest star on that show I believe!) Take good care now--best to Yolanda and the gang, Michael
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crissew said 2557 days ago (July 21st, 2010)
Great job
love your singing and this song is no exception. Not much more to say than that. You Raaaaaawk.
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michaeljayklein said 2556 days ago (July 22nd, 2010)
Charles
As always, you are too kind--thanks again my friend! Michael
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Jarvoid said 2556 days ago (July 22nd, 2010)
I like Al Jolson tunes and
I did not know this one ,it's a treat to find a new one. Unfortunately due to PC Facism over here it is not particularly 'right on' to own up to liking folks like Al...or the B+W minstrels etc........sheesh

Good song,nice one .

Jarvo.
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michaeljayklein said 2556 days ago (July 22nd, 2010)
Thanks Chris
I think Asa Jolson was much more than a minstrel singer (which, admittedly was a form of entertain back then), but then again, if you study any number of performers there's some reason not to like them, but their music was good! Thanks for stopping and and take care now, Michael
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Char said 2556 days ago (July 22nd, 2010)
On my second listen.
If you had been growing up at the same time as Sinatra, he would have had a battle in the charts.
You are perfect. Yeah!
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michaeljayklein said 2556 days ago (July 22nd, 2010)
Hey Char
Oh, Sinatra would have sniffed me up one nostril and blown me out the other, easy! But thanks for the compliment Char, and also for listening to this twice (that is above and beyond the call of duty!) Take care now and glad to have you back! Michael
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2555 days ago (July 23rd, 2010)
Scanned the comments looking
for angles to praise that hadn't already been taken--but I've got to settle for repeating the obvious: what a confident and spot-on vocal take! Demanded more than one listen, that's for sure. Enjoyed this a ton--even among your MJ oeuvre, I'd rank it highly.
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michaeljayklein said 2555 days ago (July 23rd, 2010)
Michael
If anything came out good, it was by accident! But all seriousness aside, you said something there that I'd like to highlight, and that is confidence in one's self. I think even if you can "fake" that, you are on the right track! Thanks for listening Michael and for your kind words---take good care now and have a delicious weekend--Michael #2
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Ibstrat said 2555 days ago (July 23rd, 2010)
I just
can't believe your phrasing and your pitch control- not to mention the expressiveness of your voice! Wonderful!
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michaeljayklein said 2555 days ago (July 23rd, 2010)
Hey Mark
You are too kind! I did this one some time back and I think I could have pitched it a bit lower (I had and still have a tendency to put the key too high for me, but getting better at that I think!) Thanks for the very pleasing review and I greatly look forward to working with you again some time in the near future. Have a relaxing weekend--Michael
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Honza said 2554 days ago (July 23rd, 2010)
There's a Rainbow ...
I think there's no surprise about this to be a money maker, it feels really cool to listen. The singing is unsurprisingly top notch, in fact I really like the voice here ... sounds to me somehow fuller and deeper than usually. Thanks a lot for the rainbow!
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michaeljayklein said 2554 days ago (July 23rd, 2010)
Hi Ho Honza!
Geez, you are much too generous--thanks again! As for the fuller sound, yanno, I play around with the vocal mix differently almost every time and I'm not sure WHAT I did on this one, so wish I could remember now! I was reading of a vocal mix technique rather new to me on another site so anxious to try it out soon. You take care and appreciated very much hearing from you (great job on your latest by the way--the best!) Michael
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Bob6stringer said 2548 days ago (July 30th, 2010)
Pure sunshine
You're an inexhaustible well of retro-sunshine. If we were in the same town and had a regular gig, I'd be there regularly, too, with a hundred or two of our closest friends.
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michaeljayklein said 2547 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Hi Bob
I try, I try! Thanks many times over for your support and much appreciated encouragement around this joint! You take good care now--Michael
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Narad said 2475 days ago (October 11th, 2010)
There's a Rainbow Round My Shoulder
Your rainbow shines always very bright ! :)
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michaeljayklein said 2457 days ago (October 29th, 2010)
Hey Harald!!!!!!
It was a nice surprise to hear from you--thanks for listening and for your kind words! Michael
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