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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Forgetful me

I neglected to send out birthday wishes a couple of weeks ago to the greatest popular singer alive today. He's 79, and at his best ever. Pick up anything the man's ever recorded, and put it on. That's why they invented the phonograph.

God bless Anthony Benedetto.

Comments (4)

Now that Frank's dead, you're on the money.

Better yet, catch him live in a lovely outdoor amphitheater on the Britt hillside in Jacksonville on Sun. Sept. 11th. Check their website for ticket info. Hope to see you there. Yes the freeway does indeed extend south of Eugene.

The loveliness of Vancouver seems somehow sadly gay
The glory that was Seattle is of another day
I've been terribly alone and forgotten in Albany
I'm going home to my city of elections with clean money

I left my heart in Portland, Oregon
At the foot of Pill Hill, it calls to me
To be where little aerial trams (rim shot) climb halfway to the stars
The morning commute may raise my ire, I don't care

My love waits there in Portland, Oregon
A town going to pot because of the PDC
When I come home to you, Portland, Oregon
Your golden sun will shine (through slightly increased carbon emissions since 1990 despite previous reports to the contrary) for me

WWP's been a big fan of Mr. Benedetto for a long while, at least from the college times. We remember a particularly hairy ride in the roommate's rusted-out VW Rabbit [you could see the pavement passing by through the floorboard below, if you catch the drift] to Reno, where we heard Mr. B would be performing and that tickets were still available. We got lucky, scored tickets, and experienced a concert of a lifetime.

Tony sang all the classics, among them: "The Best is Yet to Come," "It Had to Be You," "When Joanna Left Me," "Stranger in Paradise," "Once Upon a Time," and of course, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."

This was 1978. WWP's been groovin' on Tony ever since. We actually thought him to be better than Sinatra ... but only barely so. Frank was pretty hot, too.

They don't make them like this anymore.

Agreed: At 79, Tony is better than ever.

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