I Left My Heart in San Francisco

Anthony Dominick “Tony” Benedetto (born August 3, 1926), known as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of popular music, standards, show tunes, and jazz. Bennett is also an accomplished painter, having created works—under the name Anthony Benedetto—that are on permanent public display in several institutions.

Bennett remains a popular and critically praised recording artist and concert performer in the 2010s. Bennett has won 17 Grammy Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented in 2001) and two Emmy Awards, and has been named an NEA Jazz Master and a Kennedy Center Honoree. He has sold over 50 million records worldwide.

I Left My Heart in San Francisco is considered one of Tony’s signature songs.


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I Left My Heart in San Francisco

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Once Upon a Time

The Tremeloes

Have you ever watched The Price Is Right? You know at the end, with the showcases, how if you’re first, you can pass the prize? A lot of the time, you immediately regret it. You go from a vacation in Bali to one in Florida, a brand new boat to a jet ski, cash to a lifetime supply of soup. I feel like the Decca record label kind of had that happen with The Tremeloes. Yes, they’re still around but they’re not the darn Beatles.

The Tremeloes are an English beat group founded in 1958 in Dagenham, East London. On New Year’s Day, 1962, Decca auditioned two promising young bands: The Tremeloes and a somewhat similar combo from Liverpool called The Beatles.

Decca chose Brian Poole and the Tremeloes over the Beatles, reportedly based on location — the Tremeloes were from the London area, making them more accessible than the Liverpool-based Beatles. The Tremeloes proved to be a very talented band in their own right and had a successful career.


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Silence is Golden

Side Two

Here Comes My Baby


Side One

Even the Bad Times are Good

Side Two

Jenny’s All Right

The Turbans

I do have some songs from The Turbans on various artist LPs and it would be unusual to have more than their hit single, but my dad did love doo wop so much. He used to watch the sing-a-thon things on TV and list how many times the line up would change. If I could remember half of this stuff, I might not need an excel sheet to go with the blog!

The Turbans were an African American doo-wop vocal group from Philadelphia in the 1950s. Their biggest hit, “When You Dance” reached #3 on the R&B chart.


Side One

B-I-N-G-O (Bingo)

Side Two

I’m Nobody’s


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Sister Sookey

Side Two

I’ll Always Watch Over You


Side One

When You Dance

Side Two

Let Me Show You (Around My Heart)

The Valentines Are Falling For You Lily Maebelle

The Valentines were one of the most highly regarded American doo-wop groups from the mid-1950s. Their records are highly sought by collectors.

Although they never had a record on the national hit parades, they were extremely popular in New York and the East Coast in general and had many regional big sellers. The stage performances of the group were sellouts and their harmonizing and choreography in sequence were amongst the most accomplished of their time.


Side One

Lily Maebelle

Side Two

Falling for You

Van the Man

Okay, come on now, who HASN’T sung along to Brown Eyed Girl in a drunken stupor?! That song isn’t actually on either of these two singles, but I really couldn’t help myself.

With you, my brown eyed girl
You my brown eyed girl

Do you remember when
We used to sing?
Sha la la, la la, la la, la la, l-la te da
Just like that
Sha la la, la la, la la, la la, l-la te da
La te da

Van Morrison, OBE (born George Ivan Morrison; 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. His live performances at their best are described as mystical and transcendental, while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It’s Too Late to Stop Now, are critically acclaimed and appear at the top of many greatest album lists.

His solo career began with the release of the hit single “Brown Eyed Girl” in 1967. His second album, Moondance, established Morrison as a major artist, and throughout the 1970s he built on his reputation with a series of critically acclaimed albums and live performances.

Morrison has received considerable acclaim, including six Grammy Awards, the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, being inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and appearing on several “Greatest Artists” lists.


Side One

Blue Money

Side Two

Sweet Thing


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Side Two

Cold Wind in August

The Forces’ Sweetheart

Dame Vera Lynn, DBE (born Vera Margaret Welch on 20 March 1917), widely known as “The Forces’ Sweetheart” is an English singer, songwriter and actress whose musical recordings and performances were enormously popular during the Second World War. During the war she toured Egypt, India and Burma, giving outdoor concerts for the troops.


Side One

Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart

Side Two

From the Time You Say Goodbye (The Parting Song)