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I Left My Heart in San Francisco (album)

I Left My Heart in San Francisco is an album by Tony Bennett, released in 1962 on Columbia Records. It peaked at #5 on the Billboard pop albums chart, and has been certified platinum by the RIAA. Originally available as Columbia rekey CL 1869 (mono) and CS 8669 (stereo), it is one of the best-selling albums of Bennett's career.

I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 18, 1962[1]
RecordedOctober 1957-January 1962
CBS 30th Street Studio, New York
GenreClassic pop, vocal jazz
CL 1869
CS 8669
ProducerErnie Altschuler, Mitch Miller, Al Ham
Tony Bennett chronology
Mr. Broadway: Tony's Greatest Broadway Hits
I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[2]

Tony Bennett won two 1962 Grammy Awards for the title song: Record of the Year and Best Solo Vocal Performance, Male.


In February 1962, the song "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" was released by Columbia as the b-side to "Once Upon a Time," but became a chart hit in its own right.[3] Columbia assembled the album around the single, including material that had been previously released on singles and unused items from earlier sessions.

Previously released songs included "The Best Is Yet to Come," which had been introduced by Bennett and released as Columbia single 41965 in February 1961, with "Marry Young" on the flipside. Both songs were by the team of Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh, their "Rules of the Road" the b-side to Columbia 42135 "Close Your Eyes" released August 11, 1961.[4] Another single, "Candy Kisses" recorded in March 1961 with "Have I Told You Lately?" from I Can Get It for You Wholesale recorded at the same January 23, 1962 sessions that yielded the title song, were Columbia 42395 on March 30, 1962.[5] "Tender Is the Night," later used in the 1962 film, had been Columbia 42219, released October 27, 1961, while Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" from Modern Times peaked at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 as Columbia 41434, released July 6, 1959. None of the other singles, with the exception of "San Francisco," had charted.

The additional three tracks were taken from sessions spanning 1957 to 1960. "Taking a Chance on Love" derived from the musical Cabin in the Sky, "Love for Sale" from The New Yorkers, and "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" from Oh, Look!. Bennett's rescue of "Once Upon a Time" from All American gave him "San Francisco" instead, his signature song.

Track listingEdit

Side oneEdit

1."I Left My Heart in San Francisco"Douglass Cross, George Cory2:52
2."Once Upon a Time"Charles Strouse, Lee Adams2:57
3."Tender Is the Night"Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster2:38
4."Smile"Charlie Chaplin, Geoffrey Parsons, John Turner2:49
5."Love for Sale"Cole Porter3:09
6."Taking a Chance on Love"Vernon Duke, Ted Fetter, John Latouche1:54

Side twoEdit

1."Candy Kisses"George Morgan2:25
2."Have I Told You Lately?"Harold Rome2:39
3."Rules of the Road"Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh2:42
4."Marry Young"Coleman, Leigh2:20
5."I'm Always Chasing Rainbows"Harry Carroll, Joseph McCarthy2:40
6."The Best Is Yet to Come"Coleman, Leigh2:28



  1. ^ Tony
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Gary Mamorstein. The Label: The Story of Columbia Records. New York": Thunder's Mouth Press, 2007. p. 375.
  4. ^ Columbia 42000 series discography
  5. ^ I Left My Heart in San Francisco. 2006 reissue, Legacy Records 82876 84782 2, liner notes.