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Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett, one of the legends of jazz and popular music who served during the Second World War and then developed a career spanning over half a century, is now giving another concert tour across the United States and Europe.

In 1949, Bennett was invited on a concert tour by Bob Hope, who suggested him to use the name Tony Bennett. In 1950, he was signed to Columbia Records and made his first big hit 'Because of You', produced by Mitch Miller with orchestration by Percy Faith. It sold over a million copies, reaching #1 in 1951 pop charts. His other #1 hits were 'Blue Velvet', 'Rags to Riches', and "Stranger in Paradise" in 1952-54. Bennett was able to do five to seven shows a day in New York to crowds of screaming teenagers.

In 1956, he hosted "The Tony Bennett Show" (1956), which replaced "Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall" (1948). He continued making recordings with the top jazz musicians of the day and his collaboration with Count Basie brought two albums, with 'Chicago' and 'Jeepers Creepers' becoming popular songs. His landmark concert at the Carnegie Hall in June of 1962 featured 44 songs and was accompanied by an all-star band. The same year he released 'I Left My Heart in San Francisco', which remained on the charts for a year and has become his signature song. The eponymous album became a gold record.

Bennett had a change of fortune after 1964, with strong competition from The Beatles and the British Invasion. In 1965, he separated from his first wife, artist Patricia Beech, with whom he had two sons. The marriage did not work under the pressures of being too much on the road and eventually ended in divorce. At the same time, his first acting role in the film The Oscar (1966) was not a success; he received poor reviews, and the film was lambasted by critics, ignored by audiences and became one of the biggest flops of the year. His singing career took a downturn when his bosses at Columbia Records, worried about competition from The Beatles, forced him to change his image and style, which pleased no one. He left Columbia in 1972. A brief contract with MGM Records yielded no hits, and Bennett was left without a recording job.

Tony Bennett rejuvenated his career by bringing back his original style, tuxedo and the Great American Songbook. He staged a strong comeback during the 1980s and 1990s, signed with Columbia again, and made two gold albums in 1992 and 1993, and developed a surprising and loyal following among audiences in their 20s and 30s. He also received a Grammy Award, the first since 1962. He again performed and recorded with Frank Sinatra, and extended musical collaboration to gigs with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Elvis Costello, and k.d. lang among others. Bennet also appeared as himself on MTV's documentary series "Unplugged" (1989) in 1994 and 2000.

His resilience and successful comeback became a sensation in the modern day entertainment industry. Bennett appeared as himself in the films Analyze This (1999), The Scout (1994), and Bruce Almighty (2003). He has sold over 50 million records worldwide, was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame (1997), published an autobiography "The Good Life: The Autobiography of Tony Bennett" (1998), received a lifetime achievement award from ASCAP (2002), and was the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor in December of 2005. Honored by the United Nations with its Citizen of the World award, he is widely considered an International treasure.


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Tony Bennett : The Art of Romance : Solo : Songbook : 00-PFM0502

Tony Bennett : The Art of Romance

One of the most legendary singers of our time, Tony Bennett continues to move the hearts and souls of audiences in his latest release and lyrical debut The Art of Romance. These 11 classic songs reflect the diverse emotional intensity and longing of love relationships. Our album-matching folio delights fans with four pages of beautiful full-color photos featuring Bennett and reproductions of original portraits painted by the singer himself.

Songlist: All In Fun Jerome Ker, Being Alive, Best Man, The, Close Enough For Love , Don't Like Goodbyes, Gone With The Wind, I Remember You Reprints, Little Did I Dream, Nuages, Time To Smile, Where Do You Start

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Tony Bennett | 5380b | Songbook | $19.95


Tony Bennett : Music of the Stars : Solo : Songbook : 884088522551 : 1423497171 : 00001361

Tony Bennett : Music of the Stars

The Music of the Stars series highlights some of the greatest singers of all time. Collect them all for an unbeatable library of standards! Volume 1 features 15 Tony Bennett songs arranged with vocal melody, lyrics, piano accompaniment and chord names. Songs include: Body and Soul - Chicago - Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me - I'm Always Chasing Rainbows - Love Story (Where Do I Begin?) - Sentimental Journey - September Song - Speak Low - Waltz for Debby - and more.

Songlist: I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, Because Of You, Close Your Eyes, Are You Havin' Any Fun?, I'll Only Miss Her When I Think Of Her, Body And Soul, Chicago (That Toddlin' Town), There Will Never Be Another You, September Song, Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me, I Won't Cry Anymore, The Moment Of Truth, I've Got The World On A String, Where Do I Begin (Love Theme), Sentimental Journey, Speak Low, Taking A Chance On Love, Waltz For Debby, What A Wonderful World, When Joanna Loved Me, Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me), When Lights Are Low

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Tony Bennett | 40156b | Songbook | $14.95 | PVG


Individual Folios

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I Left My Heart in San Francisco : SATB : Ed Lojeski : Tony Bennett : Songbook : 08200299 : 073999002997

Ed Lojeski : I Left My Heart in San Francisco

It's Tony Bennett's signature song and it's a hit all over again with the MTV generation! Enjoy the exquisite choral textures in Ed Lojeski's beautifully crafted setting! Available: SATB. Performance Time: Approx. 3:10.

Arranger: Ed Lojeski Performed By: Tony Bennett

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08200299

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