Live at the Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964

Live at the Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964

by Tony BennettTony Bennett


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Tony Bennett’s “moment of truth” - his first-ever headlin- ing performance in Las Vegas - is beautifully captured on Live At The Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964 , released this fall from Legacy Recordings. Pr eviously included as part of The Complete Collection box set released in 2011, this rare recording captures an important milestone in Bennett’s unquestionably legendary career.

When Bennett took the stage of the Congo Room at Las Vegas’ Sahara Hotel on April 8, 1964, he was already well on the path to pop stardom. “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” had won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1963; this milestone was followed up with the acclaimed album I Wanna Be Around... , which yielded two additional pop smash hits in “The Good Life” and the title track. And Bennett had wowed live audiences everywhere: in 1962 alone, he’d played Carnegie Hall, the first broadcast of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and a dazzling performance in Washington, D.C. with jazz pianist Dave Brubeck (recently discovered and released as Bennett & Brubeck: The White House Sessions, Live 1962 ).

There was nowhere to go but Vegas - the entertainment capital of the age, home to Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack - and Bennett’s first performance there, brilliantly captured on this disc, showcases the inimitable talents of the singer as well as an audio snapshot of the era in which it was recorded. Bennett’s unique set is punctuated by not only his most show-stopping hits (“San Francisco,” “I Wanna Be Around,” “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road”), but overlooked pop standards like “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie” and Cole Porter’s “From This Moment On” from the musical Kiss Me, Kate . There’s even a brilliant, only-in-Vegas com- edy routine from Milton Berle, Danny Thomas and Mickey Rooney in the middle of the set!

Live At The Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964 is more than yet another brick that paved Bennett’s golden road to musical immortality: it’s an era-defining moment to be treasured for generations.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/08/2013
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888837844024
catalogNumber: 378440
Rank: 40291

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Bennett   Primary Artist
Ralph Sharon   Piano
Hal Gaylord   Bass
Billy Exiner   Drums
Louise Basil   Conductor

Technical Credits

Steve Allen   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Jolson   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Gene Lees   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Didier C. Deutsch   Producer
Dubin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Buddy Kaye   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Charles Strouse   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Harry Brooks   Composer
Tex Satterwhite   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Billy Mayhew   Composer
George Cory   Composer
Douglass Cross   Composer
Robert Emmett Dolan   Composer
Lewis Gensler   Composer
Edmund Goulding   Composer
Lee Adams   Composer
Steve Berkowitz   Producer
W. Frank Harling   Composer
Sadie Vimmerstedt   Composer
Robert Sullivan   Liner Notes

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