WHEN Steve Tyrell croons "The Second Time Around," he could be contemplating his relatively late-blooming career and work as an emotive interpreter of the American songbook, picking up where childhood heroes Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin left off.

And the role that brings him to Morgan's Cabaret next week for four, verging-on-sold-out shows.

Houston-born and a "blue-eyed-soul" rock singer in his youth, Tyrell shifted gears in New York City, where he was a successful music producer and record-promotion exec for the Scepter label, the same place that songwriters Burt Bacharach/Hal David and their favorite interpreter, Dionne Warwick, broke out.

Tyrell rediscovered his imperfectly perfect singing voice and romantic standards-interpreting skill midlife, first in a bit role as a wedding singer in the 1991 film "Father of the Bride."

Seven jazz-chart-topping American standards albums have followed, plus lots of prestigious dates at posh cabarets and with symphony orchestras.

Your best bet to slide in here with your honey is on Tyrell's opening night.

Only single seats remain for other shows.