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“Tony Bennett ”

Al Stewart

A few of us who played in the band for Tony Bennett were sitting around in his dressing room talking after a show when I noticed him standing there seeming to reflect on the performance he had just finished. I took this photograph not a moment too soon before he joined us in our conversation. It was in the late 1950's.

A memory that still gives me a laugh when I think about Tony is one night sometime later, when I played for him at the Copacabana in New York, his driver didn't show up at the end of the night to take him home, so I did. Tony and I got into my 1954 Volkswagen and drove to Englewood Cliffs in New Jersey, where he lived at the time. The road to his house was still unpaved and full of holes. When I went to my car the next day I discovered that I had lost three hub caps. I never told Tony this story.

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