Dim the lights, close your eyes and get back a style of music that many thought was gone forever.
The soft sentimental sound of humming is starting a second race. A new generation of traditional singers is reliving old standards of the Great American Songbook. Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Buble are two notable artists today selling concert halls and topping the music charts.
The early days of Crooning
The singing style was introduced in the United States in the 1920s, but it really gained momentum in the 1930s and 40s. By the 1960s, this style of music was dropping in popularity. Some of the singer icons managed to retain followers in the 1960s and early 1970s, but theirs was an older audience of loyal fans. Iconic names like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole have passed away, but thanks to a new crop of singers, their music is still very much alive.
Harry Connick Jr.
Harry Connick Jr., born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1967, demonstrated talent very early. The young child prodigy was destined for greatness; he played the keyboards at the age of three, and by the age of ten Harry had performed Beethoven's No. 3 Opus 37 Piano Concert with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. A renowned instrumental and vocal musician, Connick has released more than 20 albums and won more number one jazz albums in the US than any other artist in the history of jazz charts.
Cementing his status as a modern singer came after releasing hits like It had to be You and But not for me from the 1989 soundtrack when Harry Met Sally. A new generation of adoring fans has welcomed Harry Connick Jr. as well as the traditional soft sounds of singing. Interestingly, Connick followed in the footsteps of his cantonist predecessors as he embraced the big screen and had great success as a protagonist in film and television.
Born in Canada in 1975, the vocal talent of this world heartthrob caught the attention of his parents when they heard him sing. White Christmas at thirteen years old. Michael Bublé was singing in clubs at sixteen. A brilliant moment for the young artist came after winning a Canadian youth talent contest. Bublé signed with an agent and took on every imaginable show available. From cruise ships to hotel lounges, Michael was determined to stand in front of people.
Once again, like former singers colleagues, Bublé has secured television and film roles as a way to gain exposure in the world of show business. A turning point came in 2000, when Buble decided to change course and pursue a career in journalism, but an unplanned chain of events led to an introduction to Grammy-winning producer David Foster. Foster agreed to produce an album for the aspiring artist and the rest is music history.
Achieving great success with memorable patterns like, For the first time in my life and Come fly with me, Bublé also had originals at the top of the charts. Bublé reached gold with his hit single Home, who topped the pop and country music charts. Often compared to the late Frank Sinatra's vocal style, Bublé is giving a new generation a taste of the true singing technique.
It's not a passing fantasy
Crooning may have reached its peak in the mid-twentieth century, but some bright and talented young artists refuse to let the musical style disappear. Clearing and reviving Great American Songbook standards and offering original music, these modern singers are introducing the soft, sentimental music style to a whole new generation.