Just Getting Started

Just Getting Started

Just Getting Started

Just Getting Started


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“For my money, Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business, the best exponent of a song. He excites me when I watch him. . . . He moves me. He’s the singer who gets across what the composer has in mind, and probably a little more.” — Frank Sinatra

“As breezy and meaningful as one of his trademark songs as readers learn about the man by the company he kept and the heroes he worships. Bennett’s ethereal still lifes and landscape paintings adorn this simple yet profound and gracious homage.”— Booklist

Tony Bennett was one of our most vibrant musicians ever to grace the stage. In his previous book, Life Is a Gift, Tony reflected on the lessons he had learned over the years. In Just Getting Started, he pays homage to the remarkable people who inspired those lessons.

In his warm and inviting voice, Tony talks about who and what have enriched his own life, including Charlie Chaplin, Judy Garland, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cole Porter, Amy Winehouse, Fred Astaire, Lady Gaga, members of his family, significant places, and more. Just Getting Started chronicles the relationship Tony enjoyed with each one of these legends, entertainers, humanitarians, and loved ones, and reveals how the lessons and values they imparted have invaluably shaped his life.

As enchanting and unforgettable as his music, Just Getting Started is a beautiful compilation of reflections every Bennett fan will treasure, and a perfect introduction for those just getting to know this remarkable star and humanitarian.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062476777
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 553,935
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 3.40(d)

About the Author

Tony Bennett (1926 – 2023) grew up in Astoria, Queens, during the Great Depression. After serving as an infantryman in World War II, he studied singing and signed with Columbia Records in 1950, releasing his first hit with the label in 1951. Over the course of his career, which spanned more than sixty years, he sold millions of albums that achieved gold and platinum status both in the United States and worldwide, and won twenty Grammy Awards.

Scott Simon is the New York Times bestselling author of Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime. He is one of America’s most admired writers and broadcasters, having reported from all over the world and from many wars. He is now the award-winning host of Weekend Edition Saturday. With more than four million listeners, it is the most-listened-to news program on National Public Radio. Simon has won Peabody and Emmy Awards for his reporting.

Date of Birth:

August 3, 1926

Place of Birth:

Astoria, Queens, New York, New York

Table of Contents

Foreword XI

Introduction 1

1 Anna Suraci Benedetto 5

2 Bob Hope 9

3 Bing Crosby 17

4 Louis Armstrong 23

5 Fiorello La Guardia 29

6 Pyrites 33

7 Count Basie 37

8 Fudy Garland 45

9 San Francisco 51

10 Harold Arlen 57

11 Harry Belafonte 63

12 Martin Luther King, Jr. 69

13 Fred Astaire 77

14 Cary Grant 81

15 Cole Porter 85

16 Nat "King" Cole 91

17 Rosemary Clooney 99

18 Bill Evans 107

19 Jackie Kennedy 113

20 Pablo Picasso 117

21 Sadie Vimmerstedt 121

22 Lena Horne 125

23 Maurice Chevalier 131

24 Frank Sinatra 137

25 Jimmy Durante 147

26 Astoria, Queens, New York 153

27 Abraham Lincoln 163

28 Jack Benny and George Burns 169

29 Sammy Cahn 175

30 Al Jolson 179

31 Duke Ellington 185

32 John Singer Sargent 195

33 Ella Fitzgerald 201

34 Pearl Bailey 207

35 Charlie Chaplin 213

36 Johnny Mercer 221

37 Louis Prima 227

38 Amy Winehouse 233

39 Ralph Sharon 239

40 Lady Gaga 245

41 Susan Benedetto 253

42 Giovanni "John" Benedetto 259

Acknowledgments 267

List of Endpaper Artwork 269

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