Legendary Singer Returns to Radio City Music Hall, Friday, October 11
RPM/Columbia/Legacy Recordings is proud to announce the long-awaited first-time stand-alone release of Tony Bennett Live At The Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964, an era-defining concert recording, on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.
Tony Bennett's fabled Tony Bennett Live At The Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964 set was originally recorded on April 8, 1964, by Tony's longtime recording engineer Frank Laico, for a Columbia Records concert album. Shelved for decades, Bennett's epochal '64 Vegas concert recording first materialized as part of the monumental Tony Bennett - The Complete Collection released in celebration of the artist's 85th birthday in 2011 and has never been available on its own.
Finally available as a stand-alone, Tony Bennett's Tony Bennett Live At The Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964 puts the listener ringside for an extraordinary concert at the Sahara's legendary Congo Room in Vegas during the swinging 1960s, where a master performer is laying down an epic set for both the room and the ages. Tony was in a dark suit and black bow tie, standing before a shimmering gold curtain with backing by his forever pianist and arranger, Ralph Sharon; Ralph’s bassist Hal Gaylord; Ralph’s drummer Billy Exiner; and the Louis Basil orchestra," wrote Bill Sullivan in new liner notes for Tony Bennett Live At The Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964. If you were anywhere else in Las Vegas that night, you were missing it."
The Sahara marquee promised The Moment of Truth" and Bennett bookended his concert with performances of a song by that name, but it's the show itself that delivers electrifying non-stop entertainment across the album's 24 tracks, which include the classics Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)," One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)," Ain't Misbehavin'," Lullaby Of Broadway," From This Moment On," This Could Be The Start Of Something Big" and, an emotional interpretation of Tony's signature I Left My Heart In San Francisco."
Tony Bennett returns to Radio City Music Hall on Friday, October 11 for his first concert at the fabled New York venue since 2007.
About Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett grew up in Astoria, Queens during the Great Depression as the child of Italian immigrants. After serving as an infantryman in World War II, he studied singing and then signed with Columbia Records, who released his first hits in 1951. Over the course of a 60+ year career he has sold millions of albums, is a 17-time Grammy winner and multiple Emmy award winner.
One of the only artists to have new albums chart in the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s—and, now, in the first two decades of the 21st century—Tony Bennett has introduced a vast array of songs into the great American songbook which have since become standards of pop music. Tony Bennett's catalog of work exemplifies the truth and beauty to be found in the classic art of intimate singing.
On the release of the Tony Bennett: The Complete Collection boxed set, the New York Times wrote, we aren’t likely to see a recording career like this again." Tony Bennett is a Kennedy Center Honoree and an NEA Jazz Master.
Tony has authored four books, his official biography, two books devoted to his artwork, and the New York Times Bestseller, Life Is A Gift.
Tony is a dedicated painter whose interest in art began as a child. He continues to paint daily, even while touring. He has exhibited work around the world, and three of his original paintings are part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
Throughout his career, Tony Bennett has always put his heart and time into humanitarian concerns. He’s raised millions for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. His original paintings each year grace the cover of the American Cancer Society’s holiday greeting card. He received Martin Luther King Center’s “Salute to Greatness Award” for his efforts to fight discrimination. The United Nations presented him with their 2007 Humanitarian Award.
In honor of his great friend and staunchest supporter, Tony established the Frank Sinatra School for the Arts, which opened as a New York City public high school, offering an extensive arts curriculum, in September of 2001. In 2009, a permanent site for the school opened in Bennett’s hometown of Astoria, Queens. With his wife Susan, they founded Exploring the Arts, which supports the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts as well as thirteen public high schools in New York City and three public high schools in East Los Angeles.