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Tony Bennett

Michael Parkinson's castaway is singer Tony Bennett.

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]

Favourite track: Don't Blame Me by Art Tatum
Book: Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Luxury: Suit

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40 minutes

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Fri 9 Jan 1987 09:05

Music Played

  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Take The A Train

  • Ella Fitzgerald

    These Foolish Things

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Art Tatum

      Don't Blame Me

  • Maurice Ravel

    String Quartet in F Major

    Orchestra: Drolc Quartet

  • Judy Garland

    Last Night When We Were Young

  • Bill Evans

    Waltz For Derby

  • Frank Sinatra

    Deep In A Dream

    Artist: Nelson Riddle

  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Rite Of Spring

    Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Leonard Bernstein

  • Book Choice

    • Crime & Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • Luxury Choice

    • Suit


Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Parkinson
Interviewed Guest Tony Bennett


  • Sun 4 Jan 1987 12:15
  • Fri 9 Jan 1987 09:05

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