A certain smile, a certain face…to haunt your heart again. Johnny Mathis 1958

» Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in General | 1 comment

I left my heart in San Francisco 1953 George Cory , popularized Tony Bennet.

This song was written in 1954 by 2 then-unknown songwriters, George C. Cory, Jr. and Douglass Cross. Cory wrote the music and Cross wrote the lyrics. They pitched the song to Bennett’s pianist and musical director, Ralph Sharon, who was looking for new material for Bennett to sing at the Fairmont Hotel.

Columbia Records released this as a single, and although it only reached the Top 20, it remained on the national charts for almost 9 months. The I Left My Heart In San Francisco album reached the Top 5 and went gold, and the single won Bennett Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Solo Vocal Performance, Male. The song has sold more than 14 million records and one million copies of sheet music in the US, and has been a huge commercial success overseas as well.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) honored Cory and Cross with the Towering Song Award for writing the song and also gave Bennett the Towering Performance Award for his timeless vocal rendition. Said SHOF chairman Hal David: “Tony Bennett is a songwriter’s singer, who has recorded outstanding and unforgettable interpretations of many pop songs which have become standards. He is one of the best examples of the true marriage of song and singer, and all of us at the Hall of Fame look forward to applauding his unique artistry.”

The son of a grocer and Italian-born immigrant, Tony Bennett was born as Anthony Dominick Benedetto on August 3, 1926, in the Astoria section of Queens. His boyhood idols included Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole. Bennett reportedly sang to customers while waiting tables as a teenager. In a 1965 Life magazine interview, Frank Sinatra said of Bennett: “For my money, Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business.

Wristwatch making may never affect the mind so much as music.

Marketing has done so much for music, its a medium for the purer side of the advertising industry, probably I would never know.

This I know. That at some point in the era of 1998 to 2009, watchmaking probably reached the very peak of its own industry.

The marriage between what should be done best by hand and what should best be delivered by a numeric, computer machine peaked somewhere in 2010 to 2012.

It’s very difficult to justify the prices the normal man, not me, has to pay for a watch of significance that is the equal of these 2 songs , just for example.

The watch has not only to last for eternity, but to be so memorable, that the appearance of its face/dial brings memories back like music.

It has also to identify a persons inner and outer persona.

At the high roads, it has to embrace perfection or at least, demonstrate and inspire man to seek such, in other fields.

The DB28 and the DB29 from DeBethune is one such, and so are all the three early Greubel Forsey works.

Enjoy.

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DB29

1 Comment

  1. My book, “They Left Their Hearts in San Francisco: The Lives of Songwriters George Cory and Douglass Cross,” is due for release by McFarland toward the end of the year.

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