On the 27th December 2011, The Fairmont San Francisco celebrated the 50th anniversary of music legend Tony Bennett’s first performance of ‘I left my heart in San Francisco’ in the Hotel’s famed Venetian room in 1961!
50 years ago the iconic singer took to the stage and performed the popular song for the first time during his ‘Happy New Year’ engagement. The song was released in February of 1962 and became a major hit, winning two top Grammy Awards for of ‘Record of The Year’ and ‘Best Male Vocal Performance’. The track was written in 1954 by George Cory and Douglass Cross and many consider it top of the list in terms of love and nostalgia for the Bay Area compared to all other songs, movies and TV shows associated with the area combined!
Bennett’s long loved associated with The Fairmont San Francisco was commemorated during the restoration of the hotel in 1999 – the singer placed a time capsule in the stage of the hotel’s famed Venetian Room, containing personal items including a red Baccarat crystal heart gifted to Bennett by Liza Minnelli. Bennett explained that Minnelli gave him the heart to replace the one he left in San Francisco!
To mark the 50th Anniversary of Bennett’s performance and the year during which his recording of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” was released, The Fairmont San Francisco is celebrating throughout 2012 with special cocktails and packages. Tony Bennett fans and visitors to the city by the bay can visit http://www.fairmont.com/sanfrancisco for more details.
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