The song of the day for Saturday, December 29, 2018, is “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
About This Song
“I Left My Heart in San Francisco” was written in 1953 by George Cory and Douglass Cross.
This song is, of course, Tony Bennett’s signature song, but it actually became that quite by accident. As Bennett’s musical director, songwriters were constantly giving Ralph Sharon copies of their songs. Cross and Cory had done that and Sharon had stuck the song in a drawer and forgotten all about it. In 1961, he and Bennett were heading out on tour, which included a stop in San Francisco at The Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill. Sharon came across the music and thought it might be a nice local number for the San Francisco audience. After a performance in Hot Springs, Arkansas, they found a piano and started to work on the song a bit. An early fan was the bartender, who said that he’d buy the first copy if they ever decided to record it. Of course, I Left My Heart in San Francisco was a huge hit at the performance and in January 1962, Bennett recorded it and released it on a 45 RPM record on the B-side to “Once Upon a Time.” But gradually, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” started getting all the airplay and it became a major hit for Bennett, winning him his first Grammy Award. It is his signature song and is beloved by all of his fans.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded this version of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” in 1962 and features an arrangement by Marty Manning.
(I Left My Heart) In San Francisco, a song by Tony Bennett on Spotify
“I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” as well as the album of the same name, is available from iTunes.
Today we have an extended segment from a Tony Bennett appearance on The Judy Garland Show in 1963. A number of songs are featured, including today’s song. This is one of my favorite Tony Bennett videos.
5th episode of “The Judy Garland Show”, aired on CBS. Filmed on July 30, 1963. – Songs: Night Train/Lullaby Of Broadway (Tony). Carolina In The Morning (Judy). Kansas City (Tony). When The Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves For Alabam (Judy). I Left My Heart In San Francisco (Tony & Judy).