I Left My Heart in San Francisco

I Left My Heart in San Francisco

by Tony BennettTony Bennett


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Along with his producer, Ernest Altschuler, and his arranger/pianist, Ralph Sharon, Tony Bennett had been searching for a repertoire and a musical approach beyond his long-gone pop work with Mitch Miller of the early '50s and his artistically pleasing but commercially dicey jazz work of the mid- to late '50s. It seemed to be a combination of Broadway songs and other contemporary material, carefully selected and arranged to show off Bennett's now-burnished vocals, which, as he approached the end of his thirties, were starting to be located in a more comfortable range closer to a baritone than a tenor. With this album, they found the key, not only by happening across a signature song in the title track, but also in the approach to songs like "Once Upon a Time," a gem from the flop musical All American, and Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's "The Best Is Yet to Come," which Bennett helped make a standard. (Frank Sinatra didn't do it until two years later.) From here on until the world changed again toward the late '60s, Bennett would not have to feel that he had to compromise his art for popularity, making up-tempo singles in an attempt to meet the marketplace while longing to do ballads and swing material instead. I Left My Heart In San Francisco, a gold-selling Top Ten hit that stayed in the charts almost three years, demonstrated that he could have it all. (Tony Bennett won two 1962 Grammy Awards for the title song: Record of the Year and Best Solo Vocal Performance, Male.)

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2006
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886977392429
catalogNumber: 773924
Rank: 63145

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Bennett   Primary Artist
Cy Coleman   Conductor
Ralph Burns   Conductor
Ralph Sharon   Conductor
Frank deVol   Conductor
Marty Manning   Conductor

Technical Credits

Ralph Sharon   Arranger
Mitch Miller   Producer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Ernie Altschuler   Producer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Didier C. Deutsch   Reissue Producer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Frank Laico   Engineer
John Latouche   Composer
Marty Manning   Arranger
Cliff Morris   Engineer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Ham   Producer
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Ted Fetter   Composer
Joe Norton   Cover Photo
G. Cory   Composer
D. Cross   Composer
H. Romeo   Composer
C. Leigh   Composer
L. Adams   Composer
J. McCarthy   Composer
C. Strouse   Composer
C. Coleman   Composer
G. Morgan   Composer
J. Turner   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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