We were watching the Tavis Smiley special on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the other night, when something surprising happened. We thought we knew most of the elements of Kings story, but among the pastors, rabble-rousers, and senators Smiley interviewed, up popped Tony Bennett. Archival photos showed that in fact, yes, Bennett had marched with King in Selma, Ala., in the famous 1965 civil rights struggle. Whoa. We had, like everyone else in the entire world, admired the bone-deep smoothness of Bennetts smile, sports coat, and tone. (The only person smoother than Tony Bennett is Johnny Mathis, but why make it a contest?) However, we had not known the singer was an activist during one of the most important moments in United States history. We do now, and so do you. Good job, Tony! At Benedetto/Blessed, actor and singer Russ Lorenson channels Bennetts hits, including The Best Is Yet to Come, and, were gonna guess, I Left My Heart in San Francisco.
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