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Barry Manilow Collaborates with the Late Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong, Whitney Houston, Marilyn Monroe on 'My Dream Duets'

By Maria Jean Sullivan m.sullivan@classicalite.com on Sep 24, 2014 08:10 PM EDT

Barry Manilow calls upon the dead to collaborate on his latest album My Dream Duets.

Members of the underworld who sing alongside Manilow include Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong and Whitney Houston.

“The album is a miracle,” said Manilow. “It's been a huge undertaking, musically and technically ... having the opportunity to record these legendary standards with artists whom I admire so much was really a dream come true."

Garland, who died in 1969, is featured on “Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart.” Jazz legend Louis Armstrong, who died in 1967, appears on “What A Wonderful World.” And late '80s and '90s sensation Whitney Houston, who died in February 2012, sings on “I Believe In You And Me'

The deceased vocal tracks for each of the guest artists were taken from originals. The music was then re-orchestrated and Manilow's accompaniment was added.

Manilow also features classic female lead hits like “Dream a Little Dream of Me” with Mama Cass, “The Look Of Love” with Dusty Springfield and “I Wanna Be Loved By You” with Marilyn Monroe.

As far as the males are concerned, Manilow hits on “Sunshine on My Shoulders” with John Denver, “The Candyman” with Sammy Davis Jr, “Moon River” with Andy Williams, “Goody Goody” with Frankie Lymon, and lastly “The Song’s Gotta Come from the Heart” with Jimmy Durante.

Thankfully, in case you are looking for a Halloween costume, the album comes out on Oct. 27.

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