Friday, August 3, 2012

August 3

August 3 is Tony Bennett’s birthday – he’s a mind-boggling 86. Tony recorded his first hit song in 1951. By 1979, his career had floundered, he nearly died of a cocaine overdose, and the IRS was trying to seize his home in L.A. But beginning in 1990, he staged a successful career comeback with the help of his son, Danny. His 1992 recording “Perfectly Frank,” a collection of 24 standards in tribute to Frank Sinatra, went gold and earned a Grammy Award. IMHO, it’s one of the greatest collections of songs from the Great American Songbook.

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