The son of a Canadian fisherman whose family lineage boasts both Croatian and Italian ancestry, Michael Bublé was born in Burnaby, British Columbia, in 1975, and though he spent his summer months as a teenager working alongside his father at sea, what he dreamed of doing most was being a singer. As a young child, Bublé had been smitten with jazz after hearing Bing Crosby’s White Christmas album. Encouraged to pursue his passion by his maternal grandfather – who paid for a vocal coach – a determined young Bublé set out on a path to become a professional singer in the mould of his idol, Frank Sinatra. As the best Michael Bublé songs prove, he more than achieved his goal.
Bublé’s road to the top was long and arduous – his early gigs ranged from performing in hotel lounges and shopping malls to being a cruise-ship crooner and even a children’s entertainer (under the name Mickey Bubbles). But, slowly and surely, he began to get noticed. After recording three self-released albums, a stroke of luck brought Bublé in contact with the multi-Grammy-winning Canadian producer David Foster, who signed the singer to his Warner-distributed 143 label. With its repertoire of jazz and pop standards, Bublé’s first album under Foster’s supervision, 2003’s Michael Bublé, proved a resounding international smash and laid the foundations for a career that has been constantly evolving and which continues to go from strength to strength.
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20: Mack The Knife (from the ‘Special Delivery’ EP, 2010)
Bublé’s 2010 version of this 1928 Kurt Weill number (which teen idol turned jazz swinger Bobby Darin transformed into a chart-busting lounge classic in 1959) allowed him to demonstrate why he’s a master when it comes to interpretations of big-band swing. The smooth velour contours of Bublé’s voice contrast with the syncopated drum and brass accents which help raise the tune’s temperature as it cavorts to a giddy climax. As well as cutting a studio version for a six-track EP called Special Delivery in 2010, Bublé included a live recording of the tune on his first in-concert album, 2004’s Come Fly With Me.