In a concert season that is full of the oldies but goodies from the international scene, the warm, husky voice behind “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” and other hit standards is up next as the legendary singer Tony Bennett comes to Manila for a special live performance. Slated for September 17, the once in a lifetime concert will be held at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center at the CCP Complex in Pasay City.
MMI and Ovation Productions have teamed up to bring back the American superstar to the country as part of the Asian leg of his current world tour that covers major cities in the United States, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
The musical event, titled Tony Bennett in Concert 2013, promises a wonderful evening of classic popular music, standards, show tunes and jazz through a breathtaking array of songs made famous by one of the best-selling male singers and artists of all time during his successful musical and entertainment career spanning more than 50 years.
It will spotlight the outstanding talent and brilliance of a musician who, at 87, still exudes an enduring appeal and charm as he awes audiences with his great hits in his strong and perfect-pitch tenor vocals.
Besides his signature song, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” other standards that he has been acclaimed for include “Because Of You,” Blue Velvet,” “Rags To Reaches,” “Stranger In Paradise,” “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Smile,” “Who Can I Turn To,” “The Best Is Yet To Come,” and many more.
Tony who began singing at an early age, launched his recording career in 1951 with the release of his debut single, “Because Of You,” which sold over a million copies and reached no. 1 on the pop charts. Although he initially drew inspiration from some of the era’s leading singers, he eventually created his own singing technique to encompass jazz, which brought him to the height of artistic achievement.
In 1962, Tony released his most famous song, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” which stayed on the charts for a year before turning into a Gold record and becoming his signature song and winning for Tony his first Grammy Award.
The period of the 1980s and 1990s was highlighted by the release of several Gold albums and the expansion of his audience to the younger generation without him changing his musical style. He also received a Grammy Award, his first since 1962.
He again performed and recorded with Frank Sinatra and extended musical collaborations to gigs with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Elvis Costello and k.d. lang, among others.
In the 2010s, he continued to maintain and solidify his stature as a hugely popular and critically acclaimed recording artist and concert performer doing 100 to 200 shows a year in the international touring circuit. He has sold over 50 million records worldwide.
Numerous honors and accolades have been bestowed on Tony, including 17 Grammy Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001) and two Emmy Awards. Besides being inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame, he has been named an NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) Jazz Master.
He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) in 2002, a Kennedy Center Honor in 2005, Citizen of the World Award from the United Nations in recognition of his stature as an international treasure, and a Star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the recording industry.
In celebration of his 80th birthday anniversary in August, 2006, Tony released the album, Duets: An American Classic, which reached the highest place ever on the album charts for a Tony Bennett album and garnered two Grammy Awards.
Duets II, the follow-up album issued in September 2011 in conjunction with the singer’s 85th birthday, debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 and made Tony Bennet the oldest living artist to reach that spot and marked the first time he has reached it himself.
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