COSTA MESA - Tony Bennett, the epitome of cool, will bring his smooth vocals and interpretive artistry to the Orange County Performing Art Center's Segerstom Hall on Sept. 25.Bennett's fourth visit to the Center will feature all the songs and impeccable style that have earned him multiple gold and platinum albums, Grammy and Emmy awards, Billboard's Century Award and a Kennedy Center Honor. Frank Sinatra called him "the best singer in the business." Bennett has received 15 Grammy Awards including the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His big break came in 1949 when comedian Bob Hope discovered him working with Pearl Bailey in Greenwich Village and invited him to sing at Paramount Studios. Bennett's initial fame came via a string of Columbia singles in the early 1950s, including such chart-toppers as "Because of You," "Rags to Riches," and a cover of Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart." He has placed two dozen songs in the Top 40, including "I Wanna Be Around," "The Good Life," "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" and his signature hit, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," which earned him two Grammy Awards. Tickets to see Tony Bennett range between $64-$106 and are available by calling (714) 556-2746 or online at www.ocpac.org.
********** Published: July 31, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 15