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Published on July 21, 2023
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Tony Bennett, iconic crooner of American musical standards, has passed away at the age of 96, leaving a profound impact on the music world and on the city he loved so dearly, San Francisco via the AP News. Bennett's illustrious career spanned over seven decades, during which he left an indelible mark on the world of music with his signature style and grace.

Bennett's devotion to American songs led to the creation of new standards, including his most famous tune, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," which won him two Grammy Awards and became the city's unofficial anthem. The passionate singer's connection to the city was eternal, and his contributions to its art and culture have left a lasting impact, creating mixed emotions for San Francisco on the day of his passing.

Born in Astoria, Queens, the man once named Anthony Dominick Benedetto would grow to be the last of the great saloon singers of the mid-20th century. As he navigated the ever-changing music landscape, Bennett consistently showcased his resilience and adaptability, collaborating with musicians from various generations and backgrounds.

Moving beyond the traditional pop and jazz worlds, Bennett embraced collaborations with contemporary artists, such as Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, and Carrie Underwood. His dedication to sharing the Great American Songbook with new audiences resulted in several successful albums, proving that the old and the new can effortlessly coexist and thrive together.

San Francisco holds a special place in its heart for Tony Bennett, symbolized by the statue of Bennett unveiled in 2016 at the Fairmont Hotel, where he first sang "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" in 1961. Throughout the decades, Bennett continued his love affair with the city, and even at the age of 90, he returned for a performance and city celebration in his honor. Today, San Francisco mourns the loss of the voice that captured the essence of the city so perfectly.

Upon the news of his passing, Mayor of San Francisco London Breed expressed the city's gratitude for Bennett's contributions, stating, "Tony Bennett provided us with a song, a spirit, and a magic that is intertwined with the history of this city and who we are." Breed added that Bennett's affinity for San Francisco "will stay with us forever."



Even the famous fog of San Francisco paid tribute to Bennett. The popular Twitter account @KarlTheFog mourned Bennett's passing, stating, "💔 RIP Tony Bennett. Eternal thanks for the city anthem. Our golden sun shines for you today."

As the sun sets on the life of a legend, the people of San Francisco and beyond will forever cherish the memories and melodies that Tony Bennett gifted us. May his golden voice continue to echo through the hills of his favorite city, reminding us all of the magic and spirit that bound them together so beautifully.