Song of the Day: Tony Bennett, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”

Jazz and Big Band singer Tony Bennett was born 96 years ago today. He retired from singing last year due to his advancing Alzheimer’s disease, after setting a Guinness Book world record for releasing an album of new material at the age of 95. He has sold over 50 million albums and won 19 Grammys in his career. “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” was written in 1953 by George Cory and Douglass Cross and has been Mr. Bennett’s theme song since he recorded it in 1962. Here he is singing it in a 1964 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

15 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Tony Bennett, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”

  1. When I was a kid I didn’t care for him that much but now I do. I enjoyed his rendition of this song that he made his own. It’s sad knowing he has dementia

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        1. There’s a familiar name, Alex Wood. Got his start here and went with most of our prospects at the time to LA for Hector Oliveira, who was a total washout and spent most of his time on suspension for getting a little too fresh with a woman. As soon as he was off suspension, the Braves traded bad contracts, him for Steve Kemp. That was John Coppolella’s doing. They cleaned house after that season…

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  2. One of the best. If my memory is correct, he was a 17 year old foot soldier during the Battle Of The Bulge in WWII.

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  3. I had the pleasure of seeing Bennett perform live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in 2013. He was in great voice. The highlight of the concert was when he dropped the microphone and sang “Fly Me To The Moon”, and every member of the audience could hear him perfectly without amplification. What a powerful voice!

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