Tony Bennett returning to San Francisco with ‘Heart’ 

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He left his heart in San Francisco, so it’s no wonder Tony Bennett is gonna be around The City this Valentine’s Day, which will be dedicated in his honor.

The legendary 85-year-old crooner is set to mark the 50th anniversary of recording “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” by performing it Feb. 14 to a sold-out crowd at the Fairmont Hotel’s Venetian Room, the site of Bennett’s debut of the tune in 1961. Money generated from the event will benefit heart research at UC San Francisco.

Bennett also is set to appear at noon on Valentine’s Day in City Hall for a tribute and singalong, according to the Mayor’s Office. The event will include performances from the San Francisco Symphony and youth choirs.

“His signature voice is celebrated around the world, and with Tony Bennett coming back to San Francisco, we know our hearts will surely be lifted,”  Mayor Ed Lee said.

The San Francisco Travel Association has launched a YouTube contest for people around the world to submit their own versions of the song. The winner will get a vacation package for two, including airfare, a room at the Fairmont Hotel and tickets to the show.

Initially a B-side to a song music promoters thought would be a bigger hit, the famous tribute to the City by the Bay became San Francisco’s official song, and helped launch Bennett into international stardom.

Little cable cars and morning fog

Lyrics to Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”:

The loveliness of Paris seems somehow sadly gay

The glory that was Rome is of another day

I’ve been terribly alone and forgotten in Manhattan

I’m going home to my city by the Bay

I left my heart in San Francisco

High on a hill, it calls to me

To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars

The morning fog may chill the air, I don’t care

My love waits there in San Francisco

Above the blue and windy sea

When I come home to you, San Francisco

Your golden sun will shine for me

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