• Wow

    19 Jul 2010, 13:51 by cheesymike

    Fri 2 Jul – iTunes Festival 2010: Tony Bennett

    My wife and I went along with low expectations. Having seen classic artists turn in mediocre performances in the latter part of their career, I was really expecting 83 year old Bennett to deliver some good tunes in a rather shambolic and stumbling manner. How wrong we were. I have never heard such a polished and powerful vocal performance. It was a performance that could have been delivered right at the peak of his sixty year career. When he walked off stage after his fifth encore I was gutted - I could have listened to much more. As it was, he sung the one song I went to hear (I Left My Heart in San Francisco) better than I have ever heard it. The big surprise for me was the duet with his daughter Antonia Bennett, which was Old Friends from failed Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along - a musical I worked on when I was at college in the early 80's. I felt like I was the only person in the audience who knew the song!

  • Review: Tony Bennett - Duets: An American Classic

    21 Oct 2006, 22:49 by blues_hound

    I think Tony Bennett is stalking me. I do not stay this lightly. The man has a way of pushing himself into my doggone life at times I least expect it.

    OK, here's the evidence. Exhibit A. There is "I Left My Heart in San Francisco". I was just some gawky puppy trying to catch the latest Beach Boy record on the top 40. Maybe if I was lucky, a James Brown tune. But that song about the Bay City was EVERYWHERE! you couldn't turn on a radio without hearing it. Of course, I knew the song was bogus. if anyone left a heart lying around I would have gobble it up ventricles and all. You gotta admit the song is a little weird. Reminds me of what horror story writer Robert Bloch used to say, "I have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk". But again, I digress...

    Exhibit B. There was the time I was in ...you guessed it...San Francisco. I was enjoying the cable car parade. There was then Mayor Dianne Feinstein standing there with none other than Mr. …