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 “Tony Bennett o Sole Mio” 

27 Feb

Anthony Dominick Benedetto (born August 3, 1926),[1] known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz. He is also a painter, having created works under the name Anthony Benedetto that are on permanent public display in several institutions. He is the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, New York.[3]

Born and raised in Astoria to an Italian-American family, Bennett began singing at an early age. He fought in the final stages of World War II as a U.S. Army infantryman in the European Theater. Afterward, he developed his singing technique, signed with Columbia Records and had his first number-one popular song with “Because of You” in 1951. Several top hits such as “Rags to Riches” followed in the early 1950s. He then refined his approach to encompass jazz singing. He reached an artistic peak in the late 1950s with albums such as The Beat of My Heart and Basie Swings, Bennett Sings. 

In 1962, Bennett recorded his signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”. His career and his personal life experienced an extended downturn during the height of the rock music era.

Bennett staged a comeback in the late 1980s and 1990s, putting out gold record albums again and expanding his reach to the MTV Generation while keeping his musical style intact. He has won 19 Grammy Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented in 2001) and two Emmy Awards, and was named an NEA Jazz Master and a Kennedy Center Honoree. He has sold over 50 million records worldwide.

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“‘O sole mio” is a famous Naples song written in 1898. The lyrics were written by Giovanni Capurro and the music was composed by Eduardo di Capua.

It has been performed and covered by many artists as Enrico Caruso, Beniamino Gigli, Mario Lanza and The Three Tenors. It has also been performed by rock/pop artists such as Dalida, Anna Oxa, Bryan Adams, Me First, Vitas Al Bano, Elvis Presley (“It’s Now or Never”). Luciano Pavarotti won the 1980 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance for his rendition of “‘O Sole Mio.”

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English translation: MY SUN

What a beautiful thing, it’s a sunny day

The gentle breeze after the storm

The air’s so fresh, it feels like a 

celebration

What a beautiful thing, it’s a sunny day

But another sun,

That’s even brighter

It’s my own sun

That’s upon your face!
When night comes and the sun sets 

down

I almost start to feel blue

I’d stay below your window

When night comes and the sun sets 

down

But another sun,

That’s even brighter

It’s my own sun

That’s upon your face!

The sun, my own sun

It’s upon your face

It’s upon your face

 But another sun,

That’s even brighter

It’s my own sun

That’s upon your face!
http://lyricstranslate.com/en/039o-sole-mio-my-sun.html


 

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9 responses to “ “Tony Bennett o Sole Mio” 

  1. joliesattic

    February 27, 2017 at 9:25 am

    I was privileged to meet him on one of my flights in the late 60’s many years ago. Very nice man. He wasn’t very tall, you know. He was doing a guest spot on a TV show in San Diego at the time. In fact I think it was with Regis, before Regis Philbin became so famous.

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  2. Relax...

    February 27, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Such a sweet song. Do you think McCartney will ever cover it? :-)

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  3. America On Coffee

    February 27, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Done! But, Tony Bennett is tops!

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  4. America On Coffee

    February 27, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    How nice it must have been to meet such a dignified talent. I always stay distant from the famous… considering they way want privacy.

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  5. joliesattic

    February 27, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Well, as a flight attendant, Tony Bennet remained the last to leave the plane and chatted briefly for awhile. I learned the hard way not to intrude on a celebrity’s privacy when I watched as Jerry Lewis was rude to a family that wished to say hello and get an autograph. It broke my heart and his agent apologized and said he was overly tired. I never could stomach him after that. My feeling is that if you are famous, you are famous because others like you and support your talent. Show some appreciation. I understand some fans can be rude as well, so it is a difficult call to make, but this family begged his pardon before asking. To me, he appeared arrogant. I was young then. Perhaps I would see it differently now.

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  6. America On Coffee

    February 27, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    U have witnessed some of those myself .. privacy is very important. But then again celebs while in public can wer ‘do not disturb” signs. Ha ha ha!

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  7. joliesattic

    February 27, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    I just watched a show about stalkers, so I can understand their public shyness at times. When I was in acting school, my teacher said, your goal as an actor should be to not be so famous, you no longer have privacy, but one with a niche, who is mildly recognizable. That actor will always have work.

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  8. America On Coffee

    February 27, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Crazy, wild celebs have no problem with privacy. . their energy is difficult off- screen, off-air and out of studio.

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  9. robbarker

    October 1, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Great post. I reviewed his version of Stranger in Paradise today for my new blog! https://everyuknumber1.com/2017/10/01/32-tony-bennett-stranger-in-paradise-1955/

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