December 9, 1998 |
Toward the end of his recently published autobiography, Tony Bennett is discussing one of his latest albums, a tribute to Billie Holiday. "People often focus on the negative aspects of Billie's short and tragic life," he writes. "But I wanted to concentrate on the optimistic side of her legacy." No kidding. It's the same approach he has taken to pretty much everything in this book, from the title--"The Good Life"--right on through. (Pocket Books, 299 pages including discography, $25.
November 9, 1998 |
Question: What's the worst job you've ever had? Answer: I was working at a place where they cleaned Navy pants, you know, for the Navy, when I was a young boy. You'd line up in the steam room where it was 150 degrees to clean the uniforms. It was a horrible job, I couldn't believe it. Also, when I was in the infantry in Germany I had to collect the dead bodies. That wasn't too nice. Q: Who was the worst boss you ever had? A: I had an Army sergeant that was terrible. He always would pick on me.
November 5, 1998 |
Audio The Playground. Tony Bennett. Columbia/Sony Wonder. CD: $16.98. Cassette: $9.98. Tony Bennett seems to be out to prove he's truly a man for all ages. First he won over Generation X-ers with his 1995 Grammy-winning "MTV Unplugged" album. Now the jazz great has brought his lived-in croon and swinging rhythms to the Teletubby crowd, with terrific results.
July 19, 1998 |
Can the same magic that made Tony Bennett hip for the '90s spark new life for another veteran crooner--Elvis Costello? That's the hope for Costello, who has signed on with Bennett's manager--and son--Danny Bennett. For those who remember Costello as the angry young man of the late '70s and early '80s, the strategy that helped make the older Bennett a favorite of the MTV generation might seem like a strange fit. But Danny Bennett sees a lot of similarities.
May 17, 1998 |
In the season finale of Sister, Sister, Tia and Tamera don caps and gowns for their high school graduation (WB, Sunday at 8 p.m.). But the event isn't entirely a celebration: Valedictorian Tia is pained when Tyreke (guest star Ronreaco Lee) breaks off their relationship just before graduation. Meantime, Terrell Davis of the Denver Broncos, the National Football League's most valuable player, is recruited by Ray (Tim Reid) to be commencement speaker. For ages 8 and up.
January 24, 1998
As disappointed as I was in the 49ers' loss to Green Bay, I am equally elated that I will not have to read T.J. Simers' opinions on San Francisco anymore this season. Was his mother frightened by Tony Bennett or something? STEVE BOWERMAN Sherman Oaks
September 15, 1997
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will present its seventh annual Britannia Award to actor Dustin Hoffman during a Sept. 24 black-tie gala at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. Tony Bennett will perform at the event, and filmmaker Barry Levinson, who directed Hoffman's Oscar-winning performance in "Rain Man," will present the award. Actor-comedian Billy Connolly will serve as master of ceremonies.
August 29, 1997 |
Tony Bennett has always been a favorite of jazz musicians, and with good reason. His innate sense of swing, his riff-like phrasing and--in his best moments--a Sinatra-like ability to interpret a lyric are the stuff not just of good jazz singing, but also of good pop singing as well. Wednesday night at the Hollywood Bowl, Bennett's best performances were those that retained those qualities.
February 27, 1997 |
Legendary crooner Tony Bennett, who seemingly has no off switch, will continue his 45-year tour with gigs this weekend at the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks. The six-time Grammy Award-winning artist has a new one, "Tony Bennett On Holiday," the singer's tribute to the late, great Billie Holiday. Already, it's atop the Billboard jazz charts and has just entered the pop charts. Bennett, 70, plays over 200 gigs a year, and in between, he paints.