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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Namedropping (Part One)

This is the first in a series of namedropping posts. I was looking for a photo of myself from this night, but it seems to be buried a little too deeply. I thought I better start posting anyway, before they go stale.

Tony Bennett Called Me Baby

My first job out of college was in-house artist for a small record store chain — the pay wasn’t much, but the perks were great. I had my own studio, a monthly CD stipend, and lots of free shows. A few of the bands I saw were: The Byrds, Ice-T, Public Enemy, Arrested Development, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Henry Rollins, Austin Lounge Lizards, Cowboy Junkies, Michelle Shocked, Phranc — anyone else love Phranc?

One night, after a Tony Bennett dinner show, I got to meet the guy that Sinatra called, "the best singer in the business." Knowing this meet-up might happen, I had fancied myself up with a new dress, lipstick, and an updo. Believe me, I usually don’t dress up for people — but, that night, I figured Tony would appreciate it if I left the thrifted, over-sized manpants at home. We were introduced, he touched my arm, said some words — nothing too memorable. I must have left my feminist heart in San Francisco that night, though, because I *do* remember liking that Tony B. called me Baby.



Blogger Carlene said...

"...I figured Tony [Bennett} would appreciate it if I left the thrifted, over-sized manpants at home."

LOL! Did you ever in your wildest dreams think you would ever type that sentence?

Wed Feb 13, 07:37:00 AM PST  
Blogger Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Love the memory. Baby, huh? Wow.

I think Tony and Frank were so hot in their day and the singing is fabulous. I love to turn up the vintage music when I'm home alone. That way my kids don't think I've totally gone off.

Wed Feb 13, 07:40:00 AM PST  
Blogger futuregirl said...

Too cool.

Wed Feb 13, 09:14:00 AM PST  
Blogger Regina said...

love your stories!

Wed Feb 13, 10:03:00 AM PST  
Blogger kirsty said...

While I have never been enamoured with Tony Bennett, I can imagine all too well that if he called me Baby, my knees would wobble. Did your knees wobble?

Wed Feb 13, 12:55:00 PM PST  
Blogger rag_grrl_nz said...

That's too cool!

Wed Feb 13, 01:08:00 PM PST  
Blogger mo said...

That is cool. If anyone is going to call you baby, it should be Tony Bennet. I used to work at The Hard Rock and I waited on that guy from the Young and the Restless that sang that horrible "Hey Kids Rock &Roll" remake. Not even a quarter as cool as Tony Bennet calling you baby...

Wed Feb 13, 05:42:00 PM PST  
Blogger mimulus said...

i bet you looked ravishing darling, even if you had worn your "oversized thrifted manpants.

Thu Feb 14, 06:19:00 AM PST  
Blogger knittingiris said...

Great story! This could totally turn into a meme.
John Fishman of Phish once spent several nights crashed out on the couch in my living room (visiting one of my roommates) before I figured out who he was.
I was starting to wonder when this guy, snoring out there by night and snowboarding the mountain by day, was going to leave, Then, one night, we went to see a local band play and all these people came up and surrounded him and then the band asked him to get up and be their guest drummer. That's when someone finally clued me in.
Duh. Boy did I feel silly.

Thu Feb 14, 09:34:00 AM PST  
Blogger Project Pink Suitcase said...

I think I remember those manpants.
I recall having a few pairs myself at that time. OK, that was another lifetime ago.
Anyway, fun story.
I love Tony Bennett. For a while I was in phase where I had to play him in my car all the time.

Thu Feb 14, 01:50:00 PM PST  
Blogger mansuetude said...

he is great enough to be sexy while being sorta sexist... i like him.

Sun Feb 17, 04:37:00 PM PST  
Blogger paige said...


Sun Feb 17, 05:41:00 PM PST  
Blogger MnyPny said...

Listening to Tony Bennett always makes me smile. Getting called 'Baby' by him....*sigh* Lucky YOU!! :)

Sun Feb 17, 09:38:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes! Phranc! Butchy, punk beginnings, I saw her "I enjoy being a girl" tour - we were probably there at the same time. - CraftWhore

Wed Feb 27, 03:21:00 AM PST  
Blogger Marietta said...

wow! i forgot about phranc - that was sometime back in college - never saw only heard

i had one of those awestruck moments with laurie andersen once

long time lurker some time poster ( i think!)

Sun Mar 02, 05:50:00 AM PST  

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