San Francisco just hand-delivered a symbolic Valentine’s Day card to Tony Bennett, and he gratefully accepted. In a public ceremony, which took place at City Hall, Mayor Edward M. Lee presented Bennett the Key to the City of San Francisco, officially declaring February 14, 2012 “Tony Bennett Day.”
The celebration was in honor of the 50th anniversary of the song “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” which Bennett first sang in the Fairmont Hotel’s Venetian Room, 50 years ago to the day. He is scheduled to perform the song there again tonight during a sold-out benefit concert.
While a chorus of young children serenaded Bennett, the mayor and spectators in City Hall’s Rotunda, every radio station in the city played “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” at noon. The song was also broadcast over the public address system in both Union Square and Hallidie Plaza. Cable cars were adorned with special decoration for the occasion, and tonight City Hall will be illuminated in red lights in tribute.