Tony Bennett honoured for his 90th birthday


If ever there was a man worthy of a grand birthday bash in San Francisco, it had to be Tony Bennett.

Hundreds of people watched as an eight-foot-tall bronze statue of Tony was unveiled outside the Fairmont Hotel, where he first sang I Left My Heart in San Francisco in 1961.

Tony Bennett

Tony, who turned 90 earlier this month, said: "I can't get over what just happened. That's the most beautiful statue I have ever seen. It will live in my heart forever. Thank you for being so wonderful to me. I'll never forget this day."

Tony looked sharp in a blue suit, but said only a few words and didn't sing.

Tony Bennett gives a thumbs up as members San Francisco Boys and Girls Chorus and city and state Chief of Protocol Charlotte Shultz, left, look on

Mayor Ed Lee declared August 19 to be Tony Bennett Day, saying: "Tony Bennett, you've helped us share the magic of San Francisco around the world."

The San Francisco Giants also honoured Tony in a pregame ceremony and the singer performed I Left My Heart in San Francisco for fans.

Singer Tony Bennett, left, waves to fans beside Willie Mays during a 90th birthday celebration ceremony prior to a baseball game between the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants,

Tony is also getting his own ice cream flavour, created by the city's Humphry Slocombe ice cream shop.

The delicious-sounding Duet flavour will feature vanilla ice cream swirled with limoncello sorbet and fennel biscotti to honour Tony's Italian heritage.