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Mack the Knife

by Mike Clifford & PTPOPS

Mike Clifford perhaps best known for his massive hit " I'm so close to Cathy" which sold millions of records world wide has teamed up with the dynamic, swinging 38 piece PTPOPS lead by gold recording artist, Drummer and Producer Paul Turner.
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Mike Clifford perhaps best known for his massive hit " I'm so close to Cathy" which sold Millions of records world wide has teamed up with the dynamic, swinging 38 piece PTPOPS lead by gold recording artist, Drummer and Producer Paul Turner, to produce and put their own spin on the widely popular classic "Mack the Knife".

Mike Clifford in addition to one of his vocal hits "Close to Cathy" was featured on numerous occasions on the Ed Sullivan Show and a huge hit on the touring Dick Clark Show. Many of Mikes "singles" were released and charted in the Top 10 in many countries around the world. Still today many Major Recording labels world wide are re- releasing Mikes original recordings as apart of compilation Albums. Mike mostly lives in Los Angeles, California and is still busy recording, writing and performing live in every genera of the Industry from Live to radio to T.V.

The PT Pops with three Albums and a single with their version of Mack the Knife with Mike Clifford under it's belt is lead by UK born drummer, Paul Turner. Naturally gifted at the young age of four, Paul made his first solo performance at a night club in Surrey, England. With perseverance and direction, Paul became the youngest person in history to form and successfully lead a big band at age 14. The following years were marked with success for Paul, performing at hundreds of venues across the UK and Europe. It was in 1986, in a jammed packed venue in Brighton England, that he had his first big break. BBC producer Peter Estall and his production staff paid a visit and saw The Paul Turner Big Band, and immediately booked him on the highly successful Wogan Show, hosted by Terry Wogan. A record 13 million viewed the live show that day, and Estall was so pleased with their performance that the band was called back in as part of a tribute to the legendary Jimmy Stewart, who played Glenn Miller in The Glenn Miller movie. Paul’s successes in the UK sparked his dream of starting a big band in Hollywood, California, and at age 21 with drive and determination he made his way to the USA.
Paul did not waste any time before he had his big band up and running with an all American lineup. Within a year the Paul Turner Big Band was playing venues including the world famous Derby, Tattoo, and Sky Bar on Sunset, along with a wide array of corporate events, private parties and music industry shows. Additionally the Paul Turner Big band had the privilege to open for big names such as, Tony Bennett, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, and backing Jack Jones and Phantom of the Opera star, Robert Guiallme. It was at the hip and sophisticated Beverly Hills Hotel Nikko that the Paul Turner Big Band received the honor of performing for Charlton and Lydia Heston’s 50th wedding anniversary backing the legendary Mel Tormé.

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Jill and Larry

Back where Mike Clifford belongs!
In the tradition of Frank Sintatra, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble, Mike Clifford knocks this version of "Mack The Knife"
out of the ballpark. We can't wait to hear more when the new album is released!
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Manfred Szarka

Mack The Knife for the 21th century
Just happen to stumble over that brandnew redition on an old german tune, composed by Curt Weil in 1928 for the theatre piece Dreigroschenoper (Three Penny Opera). Mack The Knife ist actually a song with a very long and colourful history. So many versions in different languages. No easy task in this context to present another new version. How great was my surprise listening to this new version by former teenidol Mike Clifford. So fresh, so clear, every note of high quality. No dought, its the merit of Mike Clifford having brought one of the most famous songs in history into the 21th century. Wouldn´t be surprised to see Curt Weil right now in heaving with a big smile at his face. Greets from Munich, Germany
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Colleen T.

Mike is back in my town!
I'm happy to have "found" Mike Clifford again! I used to listen to his album over and over "way back when." It's wonderful to find that he's still performing and recording because we wouldn't want such a great voice to go to waste! His version of "Mack the Knife" is wonderful and despite the fact that it's been done by so many, he manages to impress with his silky, warm and clear voice. Love it!
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Marcia Quinn

Another Winner From Mike Clifford!
Best known for his 1960s tunes, former teen idol Mike Clifford proves he has the pizzazz needed to pull off still another rendition of Mack the Knife. Mike’s awesome voice and creativity combined with a dose of shear “guts” and the backing of an exceptional orchestra hits the mark in this ingenious jazz song. PTPOPS does their usual sensational job with their upbeat, jazzy electric sound.

I point out the “guts” because Mack the Knife has had a remarkably long odyssey. It takes moxie to take on this song, after it has been recorded by so many greats. Its roots go back to 1929 when it was written in German for the Berlin opera Threepenny. It was a Top 40 hit for several artists including Louie Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. While performing live in Berlin in 1960, the Jazz Diva forgot the words, improvised new lyrics and ended up winning a Grammy Award. Bobby Darin’s “definitive” version in 1959 was #1 on Billboard’s Top 100 for six straight weeks. Frank Sinatra even recorded it live with Jimmy Buffet in Las Vegas.

Mike’s clever version of Mack starts out similar to the Darin hit with word variations sprinkled throughout the first five verses. For example, Louie Miller “split the scene” instead of disappeared. The tempo is upbeat and it’s refreshing that the background music stays in the background. Mike’s wonderful voice isn’t camouflaged by this exemplary orchestra.
Verse six is where the complete departure begins. The orchestra builds to a crescendo while Mike pays tribute to and compliments the famous former Mack singers, including ole blue eyes. Then he recognizes Paul Turner’s great big band. The final verse reverts back to the original lyrics, again with editorial liberties.

This version is very well done. I think it proves two things: Both Mack the Knife and Mike Clifford are here to stay!
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Robert Forster

Fantastic
Fantastic job!. A great new take on an old classic.
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Mason Ramsey

A Classic
A new Classic from Mike Clifford & PTPOPS.
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Francis Goodwin

Greatest
The Greatest Band your ever gonna here.
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Chuck Bejamin

Unexpected
An unexpected gem from Mike Clifford and the Band.
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Elena Ferdugo

His Own
Mike makes Mack the knife his own.
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Sandy Zacky

Knock out
Mike is back in a big way!!! A Knock out performance, don't miss it.
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