The Beat Of My Heart



Tony Bennett was born in 1926 and is set to star in this year's GLASTONBURY Festival.

In the opening programme of this four-part series he tells Mel Hill about his early years, and his musical director Ralph Sharon discusses a creative partnership that is now in its fifth decade.


Tony Bennett started his singing career with chilhood impersonations of favourites such as Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby but then matured into one of the most distinctive interpreters of the standard popular song.

In the second of four programmes, he describes the process to Mel Hill and talks about his tribute albums to the late Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday.


In this third programme, the American singer Tony Bennett talks to Mel Hill about his many collaborations with jazz instrumentalists, including trumpeter Bobby Hackett, pianist Bill Evans, saxophonist Stan Getz and pianist and band leader Count Basie.


In the final programme, American singer Tony Bennett and his long-time musical director Ralph Sharon talk to Mel Hill about their modus operandi - the selection of material, tempos and keys, the choice of arranger, and the structure of their concerts.