18 September 2021
Welcome to Saturday 9. What we've committed to our readers is
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Saturday 9: I Left My Heart in San Francisco (1962)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it
1) This song is a valentine to the city of San
Francisco. Songwriters George Cory and Douglas Cross moved to New York to find
fame and fortune and found themselves homesick for the city by the bay. Have you
ever been homesick? Or, in the parlance of the song, where have you left your
I was born and raised in San Francisco and lived in the San Francisco area until
1973, when Walt was transferred here to Davis, ~80 miles away. I was
homesick for the SF area for many years. It was about 15 years before I
started thinking of Davis as "home"
2) Cory and Cross were buddies with Ralph Sharon, a piano player who often
worked with Tony Bennett. Ralph brought the song to Tony and the results were
very happy for all involved. Have you more recently done, or been on the
receiving end of, a favor?
Not sure if you call it a "favor," but my daughter saw that I
wrote about a book I loved as a kid and couldn't find...she found it and sent it
3) The lyrics compare San Francisco to Paris, Rome and Manhattan. Have you
visited those cities?
I am, of course, prejudiced. I've been to all of those cities and San
Francisco is still my favorite. Manhattan is entirely too busy, I wanted
to love Paris and have been there twice, but I just don't. We were
only on the outskirts of Rome, so I never really saw the city. But could
anybody possibly have more beautiful views than San Francisco?
4) This week's artist, Tony Bennett, sang professionally for the last time in
August. He retired after performing at Radio City Music Hall with Lady Gaga.
Their musical collaboration dates back to when they both performed at President
Obama's inauguration. Though 60 years apart in age, they became fast friends
based on their shared love of jazz. Do you find that most of your friends are
older than you, younger than you, or within 5 years of you?
Probably within 5 years of me, for the people I know face to face. A lot
of my penpals are younger than my children.
5) While Lady Gaga grew up listening to Tony Bennett, as a young man Tony
recalled listening to Bing Crosby, Judy Garland and Joe Venuti. Which singers
did you enjoy during your teen years?
I loved Judy Garland and Bing Crosby too. I also liked Johnny Mathis and
Perry Como. Later I added John Denver and the Kingston Trio.
6) While he's famous for singing about San Francisco, Tony is a proud son of
New York. Born in Queens, he chose to end his career at Radio City Music Hall
and was excited to perform "New York State of Mind" with Billy Joel at Shea
Stadium in 2008. Do you have a favorite Billy Joel song?
Probably "Piano Man."
7) Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra may have been competitors but they shared
mutual admiration. Sinatra called Bennett "the best singer in the business," and
Bennett did a Sinatra homage album called Perfectly Frank. Think of people you
have worked with over the years. Tell us about someone who has impressed you,
Perhaps the person who impressed me the most was the doctor who headed the
women's health office, when I went to work as a transcriptionist. Everyone
loved him. He built the midwifery program in Davis and while c-section
deliveries are in the 2-digit numbers across the country, we were consistently
in the 1-digit. He treated his staff very well. (Our Christmas gift each
year was a year of housecleaning services)
Sadly our office was bought out by a bigger corporation and over
the next year or so, he changed. I left the office after about a year and
reports I had from people who still worked with him, who always loved him, were
"he's not the way you remember him."
8) The 1970s were a difficult period for Tony. During the days of disco and
Studio 54, he said singing new songs made him feel like his mother, a talented
seamstress, when she was forced to make a cheap dress. OK, so Tony doesn't like
disco! Is there a genre of music you just don't care for?
Not a fan of any loud rock music (except for Lawsuit, of course). I actually
have an eclectic list of music genres, everything from opera/operetta/classical
to Broadway shows, to country, to music of the 30s-50s, and anything that sounds
9) Random question: Imagine you're the passenger in a long car ride. Are you
more likely to be calm or fidgety?
I usually have a book to read on long car trips, so am either calm or sleeping.