Tony Bennett (b. 1926) is a celebrated jazz interpreter of traditional pop songs. He was discovered in 1950 by Bob Hope, after Pearl Bailey had asked him to open for her show. His recordings of "Because of You," "Cold, Cold Heart" and "Rags to Riches" reached #1 on the Billboard charts during the early 1950s, and he also became well known for "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."
For Sesame Street’s 29th season, he sang a parody of "Fly Me to the Moon" called "Slimey to the Moon," to commemorate Slimey the Worm's trip to the Moon. The same year, he could be seen in archive footage used in Elmopalooza as one of many celebrity guests arriving at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
In 2016, Bennett and Miss Piggy sang "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" live during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. At the end of the song, the float lurched forward unexpectedly, causing Bennett to stumble. Miss Piggy (or Piggy's performer) helped Bennett to keep his balance, resulting in a New York Post headline: "Miss Piggy catches Tony Bennett’s fall on parade float". "He may have left his heart in San Francisco — but Tony Bennett owes his life to Miss Piggy," the article said.
- ↑ David K. Li, "Miss Piggy catches Tony Bennett's fall on parade float". The New York Post, November 24, 2016.