NRP did this story on Morning Edition today about Love For Sale on its launch day.
As you might imagine from the playlist I posted yesterday, I’m still reveling in all things Judy Garland, which caused me to poke around on YouTube to see what I might enjoy viewing.
I came across this episode of The Judy Garland Show, with guests Tony Bennett and Dick Shawn. It aired on December 15, 1963.
I’ve shared before Tony and Judy singing “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” before, but there’s a lot more of Tony, including two songs with the Ralph Sharon Trio and the whole production number with Tony and Judy leading up to “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
I just finished watching the entire video and it’s a real joy. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
The Year of Tony Bennett is very pleased to bring this video to our readers.
In 1976, Tony Bennett and Bill Evans recorded their second album Together Again. Soon afterwards, the pair was filmed singing a selection songs from both their albums by a Canadian filmmaker named Bernard Picard. The 27 minute film was broadcast by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation in May 1977.
Thanks to YouTube, here’s that film.
For years, I have heard about the special issue of Billboard Magazine featuring Tony Bennett’s twentieth year in show business. Today, quite by accident, I located a scanned copy of this November 30, 1968 issue of Billboard (thanks to the Google Books project). The special tribute section starts on page 55.
Included in this section is a wonderful and lengthy essay, 20 Years With Tony, by Willis Conover; an article by Tony, When The Feeling’s Right; a wonderful selection of quotes about Tony Bennett from notable musicians; and many tribute advertisements by fellow performers and composers. Included are many wonderful photographs, including some charming childhood photographs of Tony, his brother John and sister Mary.
This section is a real treasure and I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I did.
I also found that reading this old issue of Billboard Magazine to be a really fascinating excursion; I spent several hours reading this issue. Google Books appears to have decades of Billboards dating back to the 1940s.