By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos By Sandy Zimmerman During Bennett’s Performance)
Seeing Tony Bennett is to experience a legend, a man who has kept fans happy around the world for 60 years! So many memories, Tony’s musical selections were a perfect blend of the classics and the oldies which have endured throughout the years, transcending many generations, and yet still mean so much to people. These were moments to be savored.
Tony knows how to sell a song. I was impressed by his rich, strong vocalizations, at 84 he still hits the high notes. Tony gives his own personal touch when introducing the songs, comments about himself and his start in show biz. We heard those wonderful songs that have been a part of our memories, from Gershwin to country, gospel, and Broadway, he sang them all. Some of the numbers were “Rags to Riches”, “Shadow of Your Smile”, “Stepping out with my baby”, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”, “There will never be another You”, “Because of You”, “Just in Time”, “The Best is yet to Come”, “The Good Life”, “When you’re Smiling”, “For Once in my Life”, “Cold, Cold Heart”, “Tree of Life”, “I Got Rhythm”, “The Way You Look Tonight”, “Sing You Sinners”, “But Beautiful”, and more.
He even resurrected Charlie Chaplin’s song “Smile”. Of course, Tony had to sing his very special signature song “San Francisco” which won two Grammy Awards.
Tony Bennett, with more than 100 recordings to his credit and sales of over 50 million albums world-wide, had his initial successes via a string of Columbia singles in the early 1950’s.
Tony had 24 songs in the Top 40, including “I Want to Be Around,” “Who Can I Turn to (When Nobody Needs Me)” which garnered him two Grammy Awards. He introduced a multitude of songs into the Great American Songbook that have since become standards for pop music and has toured the world to sold-out audiences with rave reviews whenever he performs.
Tony is one of a handful of artists to have new albums charting in
the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and into the 21st century.
Bob Hope thought Tony’s real name Anthony Dominick Benedetto
was too long for the marquee, so he named him Tony Bennett.
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