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I Left My Heart in San Francisco

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George Cory

George C Cory Jr (arr. Brubaker)

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General Info

Year: 1954
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Publisher: BMI Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


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Program Notes

I Left My Heart in San Francisco is a popular song, written in the fall of 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, by George Cory (1920-1978) and Douglass Cross (1920-1975) and best known as the signature song of Tony Bennett.

In 1962 the song was released as a single by Bennett on Columbia Records as the b-side to "Once Upon a Time," peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was also included on the album of the same name. The song is one of the official anthems for the city of San Francisco.

The music was written by Cory, with lyrics by Cross, about two amateur writers and gay life partners nostalgic for San Francisco after moving to New York.

Cory shared in the 1963 Grammy award for the song.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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