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By John Fulmer the Sun Herald

By John Fulmer the Sun Herald

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IN
 
CONCERT
WHO:
Tony Bennett
WHAT:
Benefit Concert for the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra
WHERE:
iloxi Grand Thetre
WHEN:
8 p.m. May 11
COST:
$50 floor; $40 balcony
TICKETS: (800) WIN-2-WIN
icketmaster (800) 409-9959
DETAILS:
Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra 875-2310
TONY 
 
Bennett’s
 
on thephone. The voiceis unmistakable. Smokey, just a tadlike sandpaper. But somehow stillsmooth.
  And sleepy. It’s noon but he’s just awakenedin his room at the Gold Strike Casino in Tunica where he’s playing a date. We’re doing an interview or Bennett’s May 11 concert at the Biloxi Grand Theatre, a benefit for the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra.“I’m in Missis-sippi,” he says and his voice implies that he’sjust around the corner. That distances betweenpeople are small.He sounds amazed,oo, at what he’sound here. He startsalking about thenumber and size of asinos in Tunica. “They’re huge. It’s pretty wild.”Bennett explains that his son Danny, who’s alsohis manager, got him the date: “He always puts mein the best places.”Lest you think that a father hiring a son asmanager is a blatant case of nepotism, consider thatDanny Bennett engineered an incredible marketing job by turning his 72 year-old father into an MTV icon. Bennett did his part, too. As his popularity surged, he remained cool without turning into aparody of an aging hipster. This was, after all, a man who in 1971 walked awarom a 20-year relationship with Columbia Records.Bennett refused to sing rock, disco or country. In 1979,Danny Bennett took over and re-signed his father toColumbia a few years later.But Bennett, who’d always toured, was a long way rom the kind of hit records -- “ony Bennett: MUnplugged” and “Perfectly Frank” -- that he’s scored with recently.But don’t call it a comeback. Bennett won’t attachhat word to his recent run of success. Call it faith.Bennett stuck with Gershwin and Cole Porter whensome of his contemporaries embarrassed themselvesby following trends.Bennett’s ‘90s success story has often been told,
By John FulmerTHE SUN HERALD
 
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