Tony Bennett is one of the greatest and most iconic music artists in history, having an award winning career that has spanned for decades, and helped cement him as as one of the most celebrated and revered people in American History. When you say “Tony Bennett”, there is only a handful of entertainers that can even be mentioned in the same breath as him and they are names like Sinatra, Ellington, Wonder, Charles, and Garland, and even more importantly is that Bennett is STILL going strong as an artist and entertainer after 50 years of creating music that has helped grow as well as revolutionize the industry. It would be pointless to even sit here and list all of the accomplishments and accolades that Bennett has enjoyed, but the one thing that has always been a given with Tony Bennett, was that he was also one of the most private and mysterious entertainers out there who let very few people into his personal life, outside of his music, which was his way of communicating with the world from his heart and soul.
With that being said, who better then David Evanier, an award winning, bestselling author, who has published 8 books (2 of which have been or are being made into movies including amazing biographies about Bobby Darin, Joe Pantoliano, and Jimmy Roselli), and is considered one of the great writers in America, to write the first ever biography about Tony Bennett documenting the life and career of a genuine living legend. Drawing on interviews with scores of Tony’s friends, family members, and fellow musicians, and experts on the last 50 years of popular music, he vividly captures the musical history of an era showing you both the brilliance of the legend, as well as the darker side of his private life including ties to the Mafia, and other unique circumstances surrounding his rise to fame. He brings deep insight into an artist who has stayed perennially young because of his devotion to his art and to humanity. Friends speak affectionately of how Tony would rebuke them when they said that Tony was a better singer than his idol, Frank Sinatra. One friend tells how the singer’s brief unannounced appearances at small music clubs lifted the hearts of mourning New Yorkers after 9/11. Another describes Tony’s repeated visits to listen to and sing with his former music teacher during the last year of his teacher’s life. Evanier recounts Tony’s impoverished yet happy childhood in depression-era Astoria, Queens, and recreates the heady early years of his career, as he produced one great record after another. He examines Tony’s bleakest years, during the 1970s, when the singer struggled with addiction, a difficult second marriage, and evaporating interest in the Great American Songbook he loved to sing. Evanier also reveals the pivotal role Tony’s sons played in helping him relaunch his career by becoming popular music’s ambassador to new generations of listeners. Today he is a musical statesman, America’s troubadour, role model and mentor, and unmatched interpreter of the greatest American composers of popular music from Gershwin to Berlin to Rodgers and Hart. There is no one like Tony Bennett, and “All The Things You Are” captures his life and influence in a way where you will not be able to put the book down until you’re done!
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with one of America’s great authors, to discuss his new book (I read it four months earlier before even meeting David Evanier because I LOVE Tony Bennett, and it is one of my favorite biographies of all time!), the life of a true living legend, why he decided to profile Bennett, the darker side of a man that is so beloved in music and America, his ties to the Mafia, and who’s life Evanier may tackle in his next book..This is such a fascinating interview with a brilliant man and writer, so enjoy Kade Nation!!