Today a cool two-part interview with the legendary Tony Bennett from the CBC Radio-Canada archive.
The exact date of this interview is not known, but it is almost certainly from the mid-’60s when Bennett was one of many big acts that came to Vancouver to play with the fine house band in residence at the Cave Supper Club on Hornby Street.
Bennett expressed gratitude to singer Perry Como for supporting his earliest forays into television.
Bennett’s great respect for arrangers is evident in this interview. Among the many names he drops in the conversation is that of Robert Farnon, a Toronto-born arranger, orchestrator and conductor who was admired by Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones and others.
Click here to listen to Giants of Jazz: Tony Bennett in exclusive interview from CBC’s Hot Air archive Part 1 and Part 2