Tony

Released on January 14, 1957
Label Columbia
Release Number CL 938
Format 12″ LP Monaural

Tony is Tony Bennett’s second full-length studio album.  In Tony, we see first-hand Tony Bennett’s love of the American Songbook. This album features many great songs from composers including Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Jimmy McHugh, Harry Warren, Kurt Weill and the Gershwins. Most of the songs from this album, such as It Had To Be YouThese Foolish ThingsI’ll Be Seeing You and Always are songs that he still sings today in concert. Tony has two distinct sound profiles: the numbers arranged by Ray Conniff (mostly Side One, plus Always from Side Two) feature a big band sound, while the Percy Faith numbers have a lusher sound with more strings. He is joined on this album by guitarist Chuck Wayne, whom he worked with on Cloud 7; on Tony, Wayne provides a wonderful guitar accompaniment to Lost in the Stars.

Songs

Side One Side Two
It Had To Be You 2:58 Boulevard of Broken Dreams 2:32
You Can Depend On Me 2:14 I’ll Be Seeing You  2:48
I’m Just a Lucky So and So 3:29 Always  2:59
Taking a Chance on Love 2:09 Love Walked In  2:00
These Foolish Things 3:28 Lost in the Stars  3:25
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love 2:37 Without a Song  2:48
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Primary Musical Personnel

Vocals Tony Bennett
Arranger Ray Conniff, Percy Faith
Piano Bernie Leighton
Guitar Chuck Wayne
Drums Billy Exiner
See individual sessions for listings of all musicians for each recording

Sessions

Tony was recorded over four sessions in June and September 1956.

June 6 1956

September 11 1956

September 12 1956

September 13 1956

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Production Personnel

Producer Mitch Miller
Conductor Ray Conniff
Recording Engineers Harold Chapman, Joe Vallelongo

 

Additional Releases

 

  • 1957: Released in the UK as Philips BBL-7138 titled as Tony Bennett Showcase
  • 2011: Disc #10 in the Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK10)

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