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Yanno, my ONLY reason for this one is I wanted to try to recreate the original recording by Al Jolson but with a cleaner sound (after all, he first did it in 1922--they used bee's wax and cactus needles to record back then, if not cylinders!) So, as detrimental as this may be to the future of our planet, I humbly slap this one up before you and will be sleeping with a gun under my pillow before you even read this. Incidentally, my father-in-law's first and middle name is Al Jolson (I kid you not!)


Thanks again,

Michael

"Toot, Toot, Tootsie Goodbye" was written by Gus Kahn (1922, PD)
Arrangement/Accompaniment: Bob Boyd Recreations, circa 2005
Vocal: Snafu LaFong, Jr.
Artwork: It's Jolie! (and it never failed to amaze me that the first performer they put in the first talking picture was a guy NOBODY could really understand when he spoke--even THX surround sound and stuff, it would have been the same, believe me).
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Uploaded: Sep 12, 2011 - 01:21:13 AM
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Saltaireguru77 said 2622 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
Toot toot
There's something universal about Jolson, isn't there? My mum used to sing me his songs when was a toddler, so that's my memory and a few snippets off tv.
Needless to say, loved this. My compliments to Mr LaFong jr.
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michaeljayklein said 2621 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
Thanks again Stephen!

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Philip18 said 2622 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
Delightful
Your vocal tone is very Jolson. Wouldn't it be great if all that old music had been recorded with today's technology. Great backing - full of life. Has the big smile on the face and the crossed knees-hands thing that they used to do. I like the record player ending, too. Superb, Michael!
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michaeljayklein said 2621 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
Thanks very much Philip!
Jolson's range was actually pretty close to mine in his earlier years (it got much deeper as he got older) and had a bit more weight to it than mine, but I'm really happy you thought I did his style okay (lord knows, I used to sit around the record player as a kid doing impressions of him--I think I was a better singer back then!) You take care and thanks for listening--Michael
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gadzooks said 2621 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
Toot Toot Tootsie, Goodbye
The banjo gives this a dixieland feel. You sang this perfectly Mr.Snafu LaFong, Jr.! Great job as always....
Cheers Michael
SG
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michaeljayklein said 2621 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
Thanks again Stan--glad you liked it!

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awigze said 2621 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
Fred Ott
would be proud. Ok... you did it again Mr JayeKlein. whyioughta.
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michaeljayklein said 2621 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
Much appreciated Andy--thanks again!

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Mosaica said 2621 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
Authentic-sounding...
...even if a little cleaner sounding than bees wax and cacti (though I'd still like to hear such a version if that's possible?!). Great vocal tone on an uplifting song.
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michaeljayklein said 2621 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
Thanks very much!

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mrattue said 2621 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
It's late here
and i knew your song would send me off with a smile, so i saved it till last!

You didn't let me down!

Great stuff as always, Michael!

Goodnight,

Marc
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michaeljayklein said 2621 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
Thank you...

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RAVENS said 2621 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
Snafu
Yanno, he and I used to date back in the day. What a terrific song, and you sound just wonderful. This kind of reminds me of those cool Coney Island Radio songs. Love it!

Imps ;-)
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michaeljayklein said 2621 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
I thought you went out with Eddie Cantor
Thanks so very much Impsie--I had more fun doing this than I can remember! You take care now, Michael
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neilh79 said 2620 days ago (September 13th, 2011)
Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye
Don't know the song, but I like it a lot. Great job
michaeljayklein said 2620 days ago (September 13th, 2011)
Good heavens!
Neil, we will have to get you into the KleinKo Kollege of Musical Knowledge! I thought everybody knew this one, but in a good way, I'm glad it's new to you and glad you liked this old tune. Thanks again--and take care now! Michael
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Elevator_Funk said 2620 days ago (September 13th, 2011)
...
nice singing. i went and watched the 'Owl Jolson' cartoon on YouTube after listening.
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michaeljayklein said 2620 days ago (September 13th, 2011)
Thanks

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Keedee said 2620 days ago (September 13th, 2011)
Blimey...
This put a song in me heart!!

Jolson never did it for me...but You always do!! Great job!
michaeljayklein said 2620 days ago (September 13th, 2011)
Lyn
Am I fast or what?!!! Thanks again you little songbird you!! xox
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Relic67 said 2620 days ago (September 13th, 2011)
don king
I enjoyed your wonderful rendition of a fun song!

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michaeljayklein said 2619 days ago (September 14th, 2011)
Darn it, I missed Don!! $(*@&*@!!
Thanks so much for listening Relic--you take care now! Michael
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Warren Smith said 2619 days ago (September 14th, 2011)
Sharing the joy
I must've heard this (or at least a snatch of it) sometime in my childhood, for I have always been aware of the "Toot, Toot, Toosie goodbye" phrase … but I don't think I have ever heard the entire song before. I certainly wasn't aware of the guy getting off the train seven times to say goodbye! It's interesting how that sets up the song as someone observing someone else's behavior and relating it as gossip.

This is a perfect example of why I highly value your efforts here at Macjams. Besides your impeccable and ironic sense of style, you delivery up musical history lessons with such enthusiastic ebullience that these old chestnuts become fresh and meaningful.

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michaeljayklein said 2619 days ago (September 14th, 2011)
Warren
You know, I never looked at that angle as overhearing the story and telling it, but you are right!! Good observation!! I'm glad you enjoyed the song and as you say, some of them were not so innocent (like the movies of the era, they had to work their way around the censors with the lyrics), although in this case it's more of a pungent line about being in jail. Thanks very much for listening, your observations and the kind feedback Warren--you take care now! Michael
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Jarvoid said 2619 days ago (September 15th, 2011)
well it
certainly isn't a load of old toot !! Good old Jolson ,another of my ukulele victims ....how I slaughtered this .....and I think I stepped on the four leaf clover as well...very good version,we could call it a rescue and clean up operation !

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michaeljayklein said 2618 days ago (September 15th, 2011)
Thankee Chris
My goodness, after those trials, I think I'd be singing "California Here I Come", so hope you get that all worked out to your satisfaction one of these fine days--I know you will. Thanks very much Chris--you take care now! Michael
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dave_b said 2618 days ago (September 15th, 2011)
Toot Toot Tootsie, Goodbye
Know I've heard this one at some point, and your version does justice to what I remember. Authentic right down to the scratches!
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michaeljayklein said 2618 days ago (September 15th, 2011)
Dave!
Thanks so very much! Jolson is really not on my top list of favorite singers today, but as a kid I remember being drawn to his recordings--probably because like Louis Armstrong, who I was also taken with, he had a very unique sounding voice. I'm glad you liked this old song and thought will enough of my work on it to leave such kind words. You take care now! Michael
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Char said 2618 days ago (September 15th, 2011)
What a
talented impressionist you are! It was so good, I wished there were a couple more verses. I'm reminded that Jolson spoke as if he had pebbles in his mouth but could belt a song like nobody's business. Adenoids, you think? Say hello to Snafu, Sr. Thanks, Michael.
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michaeljayklein said 2618 days ago (September 15th, 2011)
Char
Thanks so very much Char! I don't know if you are familiar with the Mel Brooks/Carl Reiner "2,000 Year Old Man" interview, but there's a section in there where the 2,000 year old man (Mel) talks about knowing Al Jolson--it is hysterical (and Mel does a very good job of doing Jolson speaking--like you say, with pebbles in his mouth). I'm really happy you appreciated this thing--you take good care now! Michael
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Jerry_Quinn said 2615 days ago (September 18th, 2011)
Toot Toot Tootsie
I think you're a hot ticket. I always like the songs you post. My mom played these songs on the victrola. She'd sing them as she ironed. I played this for my wifeand she loved it, too. Love the scrachy needle on the 78 thing at the end. Bravo,man.
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michaeljayklein said 2582 days ago (October 22nd, 2011)
Hi Jerry
Hey, thanks for listening to this little lark! I always got a bang out of Jolie's recordings--so theatrical! I loved it and still do. Thanks for sharing your memories and for the positive endorsement on this thing! You take care now, Michael
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