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Tony Bennett (3rd August Birthday)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:40 am
by john poole
Born Anthony Benedetto on 3rd August, 1926 (Astoria, Queens, New York) - 90 today. In 1951 he gave the songwriter Hank Williams his first big hit on the US Best Selling Pop Singles chart (#1 for six weeks)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6-OgVjmTjE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrW1uM9DtuE

https://tonybennett.com/

Not everyone was a fan -
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Re: Tony Bennett (3rd August Birthday)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:37 pm
by AndyM
That thread from 2009 is quite an eye-opener. I think it must have happened before I joined the Forum, because I can't imagine I read it and kept schtum about all the dodgy opinions it showcased!!

Re: Tony Bennett (3rd August Birthday)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:40 pm
by AndyM
No, it seems I had just joined. I must have been minding my p's and q's & staying politely out of the fray.

Re: Tony Bennett (3rd August Birthday)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 2:29 am
by judith
AndyM wrote:No, it seems I had just joined. I must have been minding my p's and q's & staying politely out of the fray.


That's really funny because I notice that I didn't comment either and I do have a soft spot for Tony Bennett...of the others mentioned, I absolutely love Cilla Black's recording of 'Liverpool Lullaby'. By the way, I didn't really know who Cilla was until I read your wonderful article in the Conversation, Andy. Thanks for that.

Re: Tony Bennett (3rd August Birthday)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 2:29 am
by judith
AndyM wrote:No, it seems I had just joined. I must have been minding my p's and q's & staying politely out of the fray.


That's really funny because I notice that I didn't comment either and I do have a soft spot for Tony Bennett...of the others mentioned, I absolutely love Cilla Black's recording of 'Liverpool Lullaby'. By the way, I didn't really know who Cilla was until I read your wonderful article in the Conversation, Andy. Thanks for that.

Re: Tony Bennett (3rd August Birthday)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 3:23 pm
by AndyM
judith wrote:
AndyM wrote:No, it seems I had just joined. I must have been minding my p's and q's & staying politely out of the fray.


That's really funny because I notice that I didn't comment either and I do have a soft spot for Tony Bennett...of the others mentioned, I absolutely love Cilla Black's recording of 'Liverpool Lullaby'. By the way, I didn't really know who Cilla was until I read your wonderful article in the Conversation, Andy. Thanks for that.


Thank you!

Re: Tony Bennett (3rd August Birthday)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 3:40 pm
by Hugh Weldon
I can't imagine I read it and kept schtum about all the dodgy opinions it showcased!!


Oh go on then!

I found it fascinating to revisit as well. I think the probably correctly ignored importation of Freddy Garrity into the debate was a bit of mischievousness on my part. But how very serious we seemed to be at times! In a good sort of way. Is it just me that senses some sort of loss or nostalgia about that?

Re: Tony Bennett (3rd August Birthday)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:44 pm
by AndyM
Well far be it from me to draw parallels between my absence and the lack of humour.......

Re: Tony Bennett (3rd August Birthday)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:35 pm
by Hugh Weldon
Of course not, dear chap. I'm not saying it was humourless, by any standard. Just that contributions were more thorough, thoughtful and considered, especially noticeable in retrospect.

Re: Tony Bennett (3rd August Birthday)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:09 pm
by Rob Hall
I cringe when I read old posts of mine here, and see how terribly seriously I took myself. Having said that, I think it remains a valuable resource; I'm just not sure who there is, not already here, who might find it valuable.

Re: Tony Bennett (3rd August Birthday)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 6:42 pm
by Hugh Weldon
Yes I notice that too Rob. SOTW was the first internet forum I contributed to, I hung around for ages, somewhat nervous about dipping my toe in, made a few contributions which seemed to be ignored at first, and then got into the swing of it. When I occasionally look at old things I wrote I do wince a little at how terribly serious I seemed to be. I think a lot of that was due to the fact that you imagined Charlie looking over your shoulder like a rather benign headmaster, encouraging but unlikely to tolerate any silliness at the same time.