I Left My Heart in San Francisco

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886977392429
  • Catalog Number: 773924
  • Sales rank: 30,150

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
Mark Wilder Mastering
Al 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. Parsons Composer
G. Morgan Composer
J. Turner Composer
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