Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Michael Ubaldini contacted me via YouTube.com this weekend, with an invitation to view the video of his song "Jean Harlow," inspired by the actress who he considers "the best."
Not only did I completely enjoy this original rockin' bluesy song, I was very curious to know how a singer described by critics as a "rebel, poet, philosopher, hopeless romantic, storyteller, guitar slingin' outlaw in black" became inspired to write as song about a girl like Jean.
Michael Ubaldini, with muse Jean Harlow nearby, at work (Photo courtesy Michael Ubaldini MySpace)
According to Michael, one day he was out and about and a thought occurred to him, that there were no classy "movie stars" anymore, like Jean Harlow, James Cagney, Clark Gable, and Carole Lombard.
"It was odd because amongst the crowd in a crowded place, I saw a girl that looked out of place, but stood out," Michael recently explained to The Platinum Page.
"Just like the song says, she looked like Jean Harlow. It was almost like I was seeing things, but then I turned to look again and she was gone. It's true," he added.
"I couldn't get that picture out of my mind, so I went home and wrote it in ten minutes, the words just came," said Michael.
Being a fan of old movies, such as "Public Enemy," "Red-Headed Woman" and "Hell's Angels" helped. "I always felt that Jean was the first cool 'Blond Bombshell' and that she deserved a cool song," he emphasized.
And now she does have one! Thanks, Michael! Experience it now....