In a 1965
Life magazine interview Frank Sinatra (left) said, "For my money, Tony Bennett's
the best in the business."
changed my career," Bennett told Mason. "All of his fans wanted to
find out about what he was talking about. And from that day on, I've been sold
out everywhere in the world."
advice the Chairman of the Board gave the young Bennett, who at that time had
only his first hit record, and an offer to do a summer replacement TV show: "I
had never met him. When I got in his dressing room he said, 'What's it all
about, kid?' (He kept calling me kid his whole life!) I said to him, 'I'm
completely nervous. I'm going on network television. And I'm frightened.' And
he gave me the best device: 'If people see that you're frightened, they're
gonna come up closer and help you even more.'
changed my whole attitude. The public is not an enemy. They're your friends. You
perform for them, and the more you perform for them, the more they go for it. He
taught me how to perform just with that one sentence."