Tony Bennett is on the West Coast this week (and that includes my home of Portland, Oregon!!). He took some time to go to San Francisco to be honored with the renaming of a block on Mason Street, near the Fairmont Hotel, as Tony Bennett Way. Congratulations to Mr. Bennett and kudos to San Francisco for such a wonderful ceremony.
Here is a selection of news coverage of the event.
Tony Bennett gets fitting tribute in city where he left his heart
There is a video of Tony Bennett from an appearance in 1994 on MTV’s Unplugged. He leans casually against a black piano, flashes a smile at the audience and begins to sing. “I left my heart … ” The audience cuts him off with applause, and he lets them, pausing to smile again and glance around the room.
San Francisco renames street in honor of Tony Bennett
San Francisco celebrated singer Tony Bennett Saturday by re-naming part of a street in his honor. A stuntman disguised as Bennett rappelled down The Fairmont Hotel to get the party started. Moments later, Bennett himself took the stage. Bennett first performed his iconic hit “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” at the Fairmont in 1961.
Tony Bennett Rappels Down Fairmont Hotel to Accept Honor
He left his heart in San Francisco and he propelled down The Fairmont Hotel to get it back. The 18-time Grammy Awards winner Tony Bennett slid down a rope on the side of the hotel in San Francisco Saturday…
See you Wednesday here in Portland!