Tony Bennett looks back over his singing career

The singer Tony Bennett celebrates his 85th birthday next month. He had his first number one hit, Because of You, 60 years ago but is perhaps best known for his 1962 classic, I Left My Heart in San Francisco.

In a candid interview Tony Bennett looks back over his singing career of more than six decades, releasing over a hundred albums and with sales of 50m. He talks to John Wilson about learning his craft courtesy of the US Army, his love of jazz and the American Songbook, and how he came back from the wilderness when his career stalled in the '70s, to appeal to a new younger audience, and appear at Glastonbury and on MTV.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Fri 22 Jul 2011 19:15

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