Monday, February 10, 2014

Tony Bennett Will Play the Bushnell

Grammy and Emmy Award-winning musical legend Tony Bennett will play the Bushnell for one performance only on May 30.

Curtain is at 8 pm Friday, May 30.  Tickets prices are $59 - $129 and go on sale Friday, Feb. 14 at 10 am: www.bushnell.org860-987-5900; box office, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford.  

Bennett has received 17 Grammy Awards -- including a 1995 Grammy for Record of the Year for his “MTV Unplugged” CD which introduced this American master to a whole new generation -- and the Grammy Lifetime Award. His 2007 prime-time special, "Tony Bennett: An American Classic," won seven Emmy Awards.  His initial successes came via a string of Columbia singles in the early 1950’s, including such chart-toppers as “Because of You," "Rags to Riches," and a remake of Hank Williams “Cold, Cold Heart.”  He had 24 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 song,” I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” which garnered him two Grammy Awards.

Bennett is one of a handful of artists to have new albums charting in each decade since the '50s and has introduced a multitude of songs into the Great American Songbook that have since become standards for pop music. 

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