The classic works of American pop music -- which have become collectively known as "the great American songbook" -- have gained new commercial popularity in recent years, thanks to artists as diverse as Linda Ronstadt, Boz Scaggs, Rod Stewart and Michael Feinstein.
No one has had more success within that genre than Michael Bublé, the Canadian singer who gained fame a decade ago with his self-titled debut album.
In April, he released "To Be Loved," his fourth-straight album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Critics have said it's one of the best of his career, maintaining his winning formula but including more diversity than some previous recordings.
Buble will bring his "To Be Loved" tour to Tampa on Nov. 1, when he performs at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
So far, the tour's been a huge hit. Bublé sold out 10 nights in a 17,000-seat arena in London, where the tour began, and then five nights in a 10,000-seat arena in Dublin.
Bublé's known for his smooth voice, perfect for his faithful and affectionate rendition of the standards, and for an amiable stage demeanor. In fact, he's been called "one of the most likable performers on Earth."
Details: 8 p.m. Nov. 1, Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets: $54.40-$115.00. Information: 813-301-2500, www.tampabaytimesforum.com.
-- Marty Clear