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Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett

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First broadcast: Sun 04 Jan 1987

Singer

The son of Italian immigrants, Antony Benedetto started singing competitively with his brother and earned a living as a singing waiter in restaurants in New York while at art school. After singing in American military bands during the Second World War, he returned to New York, where he had his first hit with Because of You in 1951. Since then he has established himself as one of the most popular jazz singers of his generation and has worked with Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Woody Herman among others. In conversation with Michael Parkinson, he talks about his life and work, and chooses the eight discs he would take to the mythical island.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Art Tatum

3.

Castaway's favourite

Art Tatum

Don't Blame Me

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Maurice Ravel

4.

Maurice Ravel

String Quartet in F Major

Orchestra: Drolc Quartet

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Judy Garland

5.

Judy Garland

Last Night When We Were Young

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Frank Sinatra

7.

Frank Sinatra

Deep In A Dream

Artist: Nelson Riddle

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Igor Stravinsky

8.

Igor Stravinsky

The Rite Of Spring

Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Leonard Bernstein

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Book

Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Broadcast

Singer

Roy Plomley's castaway is singer Tony Bennett.

Choices

Book

The complete works by Leonardo da Vinci

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Luxury item

Painting materials

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Occupations

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