Friday, June 27, 2008

tony bennett

anthony dominick benedetto and the golden gate bridge.
Another Grammy Award winner ; this time for Tony Bennett in 1963, who picked up a double for "Record of the Year" and "Best Solo Male Vocal Performance" with this composition by George Cory and Douglas Cross. Arranged by Ralph Sharon and produced by Ernest Altschuler.

After a decade or two of seeing his career hit the skids - beginning in 1965 when he parted from Sharon and his wife, Patricia - Bennett came good again in the 1980s, a period which began darkly enough for him with the Internal Revenue Service attempting to seize his LA home, and a near fatal cocaine overdose. You might recall the cinematic tilting of a hat or two in 1984's "The Pope Of Greenwich Village", a timely plug which clearly helped cement his credibility with a younger audience.

Vegas and Hollywood never seemed so inviting.

TONY BENNETT: I LEFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO from "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" LP (Columbia) 1962 (US)



Your driver said...

This is the music my parents listened to. Most of this stuff gives me the creeps. Tony Bennett, who was a big favorite of my parents, is one of the few exceptions. As to this particular song, you almost never hear it here. The iconic songs are 'Dock of the Bay' and that Journey song 'When the lights come on in the city...' I can't remember the name. I wish I could forget the song.

ib said...

This is an unusual song for me in that I actively despised it when I was a lot younger. It is particularly appalling when sang in a drunken Glaswegian accent, which - I seem to remember - was mercilessly routine on public and seasonal holidays in the west coast of Scotland. As you might imagine, it's a saloon bar karaoke favourite for the over 60s here in Scotland.

Anyway, I've grown to quite like it over the years.

My sympathy is with you with regard to Journey. I don't know the song, thankfully, but I had a friend who went on a Journey bender in the 70s, more's the pity - Was their logo designed by Mouse & Kelly ? I'm sure it was. Dire stuff.