Just Getting Started

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HarperCollins, Nov 15, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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At ninety, musician and singer Tony Bennett is as vibrant and productive as ever. In addition to his prodigious musical output, including albums, concerts, and personal appearances, this beloved and enduring artist has written his second book. In 2012’s Life Is a Gift, Tony reflected on the lessons he has learned over the years. Now, in Just Getting Started, he pays homage to the remarkable people who inspired those lessons.

In his warm and inviting voice, Tony talks about who and what have enriched his own life, including Charlie Chaplin, Judy Garland, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cole Porter, Amy Winehouse, Fred Astaire, Lady Gaga, members of his family, significant places, and more. Just Getting Started chronicles the relationship Tony has enjoyed with each one of these legends, entertainers, humanitarians, and loved ones, and reveals how the lessons and values they imparted have invaluably shaped his life.

As enchanting and unforgettable as his music, Just Getting Started is a beautiful compilation of reflections every Bennett fan will treasure, and a perfect introduction for those just getting to know this remarkable star and humanitarian.


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User Review  - zmagic69 - LibraryThing

Fascinating talented man who is both interesting and humble, reflects on a huge variety of people who have influenced or had an effect on his life. Each chapter is short and covers a different person. A great entertaining book. Read full review

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User Review  - vernefan - LibraryThing

Oh what a lush and beautiful book this is! What I thought was going to be a biography of one of my favorite crooners, turned out to be not a life story at all. Although within the pages of Tony Bennet ... Read full review


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Bob Hope
Bing Crosby
Louis Armstrong
Fiorello La Guardia
Cole Porter
Nat King Cole
Rosemary Clooney
Bill Evans
Jackie Kennedy
Pablo Picasso
Sadie Vimmerstedt
Lena Horne

Count Basie
Judy Garland
San Francisco
Harold Arlen
Harry Belafonte 12 Martin Luther King
Fred Astaire
Cary Grant
Maurice Chevalier
Frank Sinatra
Jimmy Durante
Astoria Queens New York
Abraham Lincoln
Jack Benny and George Burns

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Tony Bennett has sold millions of albums, earned multiple platinum and gold records, and won two Emmy Awards as well as nineteen Grammys, including the Recording Academy’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also named a Kennedy Center honoree.

Scott Simon is the New York Times bestselling author of Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime. He is one of America’s most admired writers and broadcasters, having reported from all over the world and from many wars. He is now the award-winning host of Weekend Edition Saturday. With more than four million listeners, it is the most-listened-to news program on National Public Radio. Simon has won Peabody and Emmy Awards for his reporting.

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