Tony Bennett

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It had been only two years since Tony Bennett's first hits collection when Columbia released this, his second. In that time, he hadn't scored many hits. In fact, he'd had only three chart entries: "Firefly" (#20, 1958), "Smile" (#73, 1959), and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" (#74, 1960). So, the album's title was a misnomer, but it signalled that here was a collection of Bennett performances of either contemporary songs or older songs in contemporary arrangements, intended for the hit parade even if they didn't get there. There is a light, optimistic tone to much of the material--"Smile," "Put On A Happy Face," "You'll Never Get Away From Me"--and although much is also slight, Bennett brings his trademark warmth to the settings.