I’m working on Hayden’s two videos . I love the way Tony Bennet sings it, and have always been intrigued by the piano accompaniment, which is so simple and understated, but which fits in perfectly with his interpretation. It turns out that his pianist and music director, Ralph Sharon, introduced him to “I left my heart in San Fransisco”, persuaded him to move into jazz arrangements rather than pop music, and accompanied him for 40 years.
I’m trying to transcribe some of the accompaniment, particularly his lead into the bridge.
The bridge as written in the Pianogroove lead sheet doesn’t seem to be the same as Tony Bennet’s version. In the first two bars the PDF has the chords of Ab and Adim for a whole bar each. Tony Bennet sings both within one bar. Not sure whether that’s an error or just a variation.
Anyway, here’s the original, with Ralph Sharon’s great accompaniment. Brilliant.