City of Angels


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Songwriters Fred Astaire, Tommy Wolfe
About City of Angels
In addition to Fred Astaire’s phenomenal gifts as a singer, dancer and actor, he was also a fine songwriter. In addition to “City of Angels,” he also wrote “I’m Building Up to an Awful Letdown” (written with Johnny Mercer), and “It’s Like Taking Candy From a Baby,” which he recorded with Benny Goodman.


City of the angels, pretty city of the angels
That’s place I really want to be
Life’s a taste of honey
Where the days are bright and sunny
And you dream of picking money off a tree

City of the angels, pretty city of the angels
How I hate to leave her for a while
‘Specially when it’s cloudy
She’s got ways of saying howdy
Making everyone so proud they want to smile

LA doesn’t begin to describe her name
She’ll stay under your skin
Like a dame who became quite famous

If you’ve got a craving
If you’re looking for a haven
Then my best advice I’m saving for the end
Train or boat or jet there
Just as soon as you can get there
And I’ll bet you’ll be met there by a friend

Splash in the sea and foam
Cash in Paree and Rome
Just a little change will make that city of the angels your home
Somewhere the hearts are fine
Come where the stars still shine
You’ll be sitting pretty in that city of those angels of mine

Session / Album Information


“City of Angels” was recorded in January, 1986 and was released that year on The Art of Excellence. The album was orchestrated and conducted by Jorge Calandrelli.

City Of Angels

Listen to City Of Angels on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1986.

This recording released on:

  • 1986: Columbia LP 12″: FC 40344 — The Art Of Excellence
  • 1986: CBS LP 12″: 26990 — The Art Of Excellence (UK)
  • 1986: Columbia CD: CK 40344 — The Art Of Excellence
  • 2011: Disc #55 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK54) The Art of Excellence

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