9 September 1975, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Although smooth jazz vocalist Bublé heard the sounds of contemporary pop as a child, he also heard much earlier singers on record, among them, Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Darin, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, and Stevie Wonder. Taken by his grandfather to a concert by the surviving Mills Brothers, he was swayed not only by the performance but also by the repertoire. Encouraged by his grandfather, he learned some of the older songs, practiced his singing, and entered and won a local talent contest, only to be disqualified because he was too young. Grandfather again stepped in, persuading local musicians to allow a free spot on stage for the precocious singer in exchange for cut-rate or even free plumbing work.
During the early 90s, Bublé won first prize at the Canadian Youth Talent Search. He was also selling independently produced CDs, and gaining on-the-road...