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Originally posted by mneeley490:
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Originally posted by eyesintime:
Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends

Really enjoyed this. Wouldn't have called myself a fan of his before. Not that I didn't like him, just had never really sat down and listened much to his body of work. Set against his 2005 Monterey Jazz Festival appearance and interspersed with old clips and interviews, it was a joy to listen to his work over the years. I believe he would have been 78 or 79 for that concert and it was amazing how good he sounded and I have a new appreciation for the man and his talent. The perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon resting after a nice wine club dinner last night.

I could be way off on this, but it seems to me that when the big crooners like Sinatra, Martin, Crosby, and Davis were still alive, Tony Bennet was treated like the bastard child. He was always there, but few wanted to acknowledge him.
Now that he's the last one standing, and still doing live shows, people have begun to appreciate him anew.


I always kind of thought along those lines too -- not really a bastard child per se but just not as "cool" as Sinatra, Davis, Martin and the Rat Pack. But I don't think that is true based upon this documentary. In an interview with Life magazine I believe (not sure of the year), Sinatra called him the best living singer and Bennett called Sinatra his best friend in the film. I always thought of him and Sinatra as contemporaries, but he was actually 10 years younger than Sinatra, so much younger than Bing I believe (Bob Hope actually gave Bennett his first real break). Bennett was also one of the first guests on Carson's Tonight Show with Groucho Marx, Joan Crawford and Mel Brooks. His career went in the shitter in the U.S. for awhile during the Rock n Roll era and seemed to concentrate on jazz more. I also didn't know that he was involved so much in the civil rights period marching front and center with MLK the march from Selma to Montgomery. Again, I never really followed his career and all this info. is from the documentary.
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