My LA To Z: Tony Bennett

The legendary crooner takes the stage tonight at The Hollywood Bowl. Here he shares eight top spots that keep him in harmony with L.A.
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Beverly Hills Tennis Club

I’m a permanent member there and it’s a great experience. I played an awful lot of tennis when I lived in L.A. among all the famous people who played very well. It’s just the most wonderful place, with great players and a wonderful atmosphere. Just to play with different fellow artists is fantastic.

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The Peninsula Beverly Hills

They named a suite after me and it’s tremendous. I was very honored, and they always treat me very well. It has beautiful sundecks, so all day long you can take some sun. They have a gorgeous rooftop swimming pool, and private suites on top. The menu is great, and they’re very nice.

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Mickey Fine Pharmacy & Grill

It’s a little pharmacy, but it’s very efficient and it also has a nice little diner. They have things you just don’t get in other pharmacies: If you ask for something like Strepsils cough drops made in England, they’ll have it. They have everything that you need.

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Charlie Chaplin Studios

I’m a gigantic fan of Charlie Chaplin—he was such a genius. Jim Henson kept the Studios exactly how it was originally. When I recorded the song “Smile” and it became a big record for me, I received a letter from Chaplin in which he not only thanked me for resurrecting the song, but he also sent me the last 15 minutes of Modern Times. I’ll never get over it.

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Rodeo Drive

It is so beautiful. The shops are so expensive and as a result, the architecture of the different stores is fantastic to look at. It’s like nowhere else—the most glamorous row in the world. I love to promenade when I walk down that street.

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Capitol Records

I love recording at the studios of Capitol Records. I was there with artists doing my hits and it felt so good knowing that Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Nat King Cole—who built the building with his record sales—all recorded there.

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The Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Just to see a Rembrandt is a great experience. You could just look at that, turn around and walk out and you get such knowledge of beauty. I love the whole atmosphere up there on the hill.

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Hillcrest Golf & Country Club

I used to see Jack Benny and George Burns there. It was so elegant and you’d just sit there and have great, intelligent conversations. You’d learn so much from their experience.

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