Moment Tony Bennett brought joy to the world during the COVID-19 lockdown with his worldwide sing-along of “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”.

Moment Tony Bennett brought joy to the world during the COVID-19 lockdown with his worldwide sing-along of “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”.

The heartwarming moment of Tony Bennett bringing some lockdown cheer to the world during the COVID crisis with a global singalong of ‘I Left My Heart in San Francisco’ has resurfaced following his death.

Legendary crooner Bennett died in his hometown of New York on Friday at the age of 96 – just two weeks short of his 97th birthday.

After a decade-long career collaborating with superstars from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga, in April 2020, during the pandemic isolation period, the eminent musician used his signature song to lift the spirits.

The music giant released a video in which he wears a black and orange vintage San Francisco Giants jacket while calling on people to sing his 1962 hit.

“I love you, San Francisco — let’s sing our song,” said Bennett, then 93 years old.

San Francisco residents gathered in a powerful moment of solidarity Saturday to sing the Bay anthem

San Francisco residents gathered in a powerful moment of solidarity Saturday to sing the Bay anthem “I Left My Heart” with Tony Bennett in San Francisco. Bennett announced the sing-along on Twitter and encouraged residents to get involved

Members of the San Francisco Fire Department shared a video of members singing the chorus and saluting frontline workers who have saved lives during the COVID-19 pandemic

Members of the San Francisco Fire Department shared a video of members singing the chorus and saluting frontline workers who have saved lives during the COVID-19 pandemic

“I’m so proud to see San Francisco coming together and making a difference during this uncertain time.”

He encouraged people around the world to attend the performance and share a recording of their performance online.

Bay Area residents gathered in a moment of powerful solidarity, which was also used to commend healthcare workers who have been working on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis.

A small crowd practicing social distancing also gathered in Union Square on Saturday, where jazz singer Mark Robinson sang the moving masked anthem in a live broadcast.

Bennett’s I Left My Heart in San Francisco was released in 1962 and has become the city’s theme song.

Others gathered in front of a statue of Bennett at the Fairmont Hotel, where he first performed the hit in 1961.

The San Francisco Opera shared their moving rendition of the Bay Area theme song in a Zoom conference call that was shared on social media

The San Francisco Opera shared their moving rendition of the Bay Area theme song in a Zoom conference call that was shared on social media

Fairmont Hotels regional vice president Paul Torney led hotel employees to sing along in front of a statue of Tony Bennett in San Francisco. Both he and the statue wore masks

Fairmont Hotels regional vice president Paul Torney led hotel employees to sing along in front of a statue of Tony Bennett in San Francisco. Both he and the statue wore masks

Jazz singer Mark Robinson sang Bennett's iconic 1960s tune, which became San Francisco's official theme song, from Union Square. Some people attended his performance, wearing masks and practicing social distancing

Jazz singer Mark Robinson sang Bennett’s iconic 1960s tune, which became San Francisco’s official theme song, from Union Square. Some people attended his performance, wearing masks and practicing social distancing

People across the city recorded singing the chorus on social media with the hashtag #SingOutSF.

Members of the San Francisco Opera, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, members of the San Francisco Fire Department and paramedics from Sutter Health at CPMC Van Ness Hospital shared videos and sang along on social media.

Greg Norman

Greg Norman is a WSTPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Greg Norman joined WSTPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing edmund gregnorman@wstpost.com.

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