Weekend Playlist – August 3rd – Tony Bennett

Posted: August 3, 2012 in Jazz, Vocal Music
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This weeks playlist is dedicated to Tony Bennett who is 86 years old today.  Happy Birthday, Tony!!

1) Tony w/ Lady Gaga- “The Lady Is A Tramp” – Tony shines on this duet and Lady G shows why she’s a major star.  They take this standard and make it look easy.

2) Tony Bennett – “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” – Tony’s signature song and one of the most beautiful songs about a city ever written.  Listen to the lyrics.  For anyone who has been there you know they fit SF perfectly.

3) Tony Bennett – “Blue Moon” – Tony adds his great voice to this old chestnut of a standard.  (Nice horn work too.)

4) Tony Bennett – “Rags to Riches” – This was a huge hit for Tony and has been copied by many of a crooner but none come close to Tony.

5) Tony w/ Amy Winehouse – “Body and Soul” – Amy and Tony really show how professionals use their craft in an effortless, way.  I always thought Amy Winehouse was under appreciated despite her stardom, and her early death was tragic and sad.  Tony later commented (and he’s a guy who knows) that she had a voice as powerful and controlled as any he had heard including Ella.

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