Tony Bennett: Statue birthday gift erected in San Francisco for singer's 90th
Tony Bennett sang “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” in 1961 outside the city’s Fairmont Hotel, and it was there a statue of the singer was just erected for his 90th birthday.
Hundreds of people joined Bennett on Friday for the big unveiling. “I can’t get over what just happened,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “That’s the most beautiful statue I have ever seen. It will live in my heart forever. Thank you for being so wonderful to me. I’ll never forget this day.”
Mayor Ed Lee declared Aug. 19 to be Tony Bennett Day, saying, “Tony Bennett, you’ve helped us share the magic of San Francisco around the world.” See footage of the crowd singing “Happy Birthday” to the icon below.
The New York-born Bennett, who turned 90 Aug. 3, is also getting his own NBC special come Dec. 20. The special, titled Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come will feature performances from Bennett himself along with big names including Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, and Elton John.