I Left My Heart in San Francisco (album)

I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Studio album by Tony Bennett
Released June 18, 1962[1]
Recorded October 1957-January 1962
CBS 30th Street Studio, New York
Genre Classic pop, vocal jazz
Length 32:20
Label Columbia
CL 1869
CS 8669
Producer Ernie Altschuler, Mitch Miller, Al Ham
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I Left My Heart in San Francisco is an album by Tony Bennett, released in 1962 on Columbia Records as CL 1869 (mono) and CS 8669 (stereo). It peaked at #5 on the Billboard pop albums chart, and has been certified platinum by the RIAA. It is one of the best-selling albums of Bennett's career.


In February 1962, the song "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" was released by Columbia as the b-side to "Once Upon a Time," but became a chart hit in its own right.[3] Columbia assembled the album around the single, including material that had been previously released on singles and unused items from earlier sessions.

Previously released songs included "The Best Is Yet to Come," which had been introduced by Bennett and released as Columbia single 41965 in February 1961, with "Marry Young" on the flipside. Both songs were by the team of Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh, their "Rules of the Road" the b-side to Columbia 42135 "Close Your Eyes" released August 11, 1961.[4] Another single, "Candy Kisses" recorded in March 1961 with "Have I Told You Lately?" from I Can Get It for You Wholesale recorded at the same January 23, 1962 sessions that yielded the title song, were Columbia 42395 on March 30, 1962.[5] "Tender Is the Night," later used in the 1962 film, had been Columbia 42219, released October 27, 1961, while Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" from Modern Times peaked at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 as Columbia 41434, released July 6, 1959. None of the other singles, with the exception of "San Francisco," had charted.

The additional three tracks were taken from sessions spanning 1957 to 1960. "Taking a Chance on Love" derived from the musical Cabin in the Sky, "Love for Sale" from The New Yorkers, and "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" from Oh, Look!. Bennett's rescue of "Once Upon a Time" from All American gave him "San Francisco" instead, his signature song.

Track listing

Side one

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "I Left My Heart in San Francisco"  Douglass Cross, George Cory 2:52
2. "Once Upon a Time"  Charles Strouse, Lee Adams 2:57
3. "Tender Is the Night"  Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster 2:38
4. "Smile"  Charlie Chaplin, Geoffrey Parsons, John Turner 2:49
5. "Love for Sale"  Cole Porter 3:09
6. "Taking a Chance on Love"  Vernon Duke, Ted Fetter, John Latouche 1:54

Side two

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Candy Kisses"  George Morgan 2:25
2. "Have I Told You Lately?"  Harold Rome 2:39
3. "Rules of the Road"  Carolyn Leigh, Cy Coleman 2:42
4. "Marry Young"  Carolyn Leigh, Cy Coleman 2:20
5. "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows"  Harry Carroll, Joseph McCarthy 2:40
6. "The Best Is Yet to Come"  Carolyn Leigh, Cy Coleman 2:28



  1. Tony Bennett.com
  2. Allmusic review
  3. Gary Mamorstein. The Label: The Story of Columbia Records. New York": Thunder's Mouth Press, 2007. p. 375.
  4. Columbia 42000 series discography
  5. I Left My Heart in San Francisco. 2006 reissue, Legacy Records 82876 84782 2, liner notes.
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