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Just Getting Started

Just Getting Started

by Tony Bennett, Scott Simon


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At ninety, musician and singer Tony Bennett is as vibrant and productive as ever. In addition to his prodigious musical output, including albums, concerts, and personal appearances, this beloved and enduring artist has written his next book. In 2012’s Life Is a Gift, Tony reflected on the lessons he has learned over the years. Now, 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 has 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062476777
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,052,863
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 3.40(d)

About the Author

Tony Bennett has sold millions of albums, earned multiple platinum and gold records, and won two Emmy Awards as well as nineteen Grammys, including the Recording Academy’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also named a Kennedy Center honoree.

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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