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Tony Bennett is a pop singer known for his studio album ‘The Beat of My Heart.’

InformationDetail
BirthdayAugust 3, 1926
NationalityAmerican
FamousSingers, Pop Singers
City/StateNew Yorkers
SpousesSusan Crow (m. 2007), Patricia Beech (m. 1952–1971), Sandra Grant Bennett (m. 1971–2007)
SiblingsJohn Benedetto Jr., Mary Benedetto
Known asAnthony Dominick Benedetto
Childrens Antonia Bennett, Dae Bennett, Danny Bennett, Joanna Bennett
Universities
  • High School of Art and Design
  • Berklee College of Music
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
Birth PlaceAstoria, New York City, New York
ReligionCatholicism
Height171cm
GenderMale
FatherJohn Benedetto
MotherAnna Benedetto
Sun SignLeo
Born inAstoria, New York City, New York
Famous asPop Singer
Socials

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Who is Tony Bennett?

Tony Bennett, born as Anthony Dominick Benedetto, is a well-known American singer who has released over 70 albums in his singing career. His works include the studio albums ‘The Beat of My Heart,’ ‘I Left My Heart in San Francisco,’ ‘To My Wonderful One,’ ‘A Time for Love,’ and ‘Life Is Beautiful’ and live albums ‘MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett,’ ‘Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall’ and ‘That San Francisco Sun.’ He has also recorded several hit singles, such as "Rags to Riches", "I Left My Heart in San Francisco", "Here in My Heart", "Stranger in Paradise", "The Autumn Waltz", "One for My Baby", "Young and Warm and Wonderful", "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie" and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", to name a few. Along with being a singer, Bennett is also a professional painter and has his art work on permanent public display in many institutions. He is the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York as well. Bennett has won numerous awards and accolades till date. He has won 19 Grammy Awards plus a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and two Emmy Awards.

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Childhood & Early Life

Tony Bennett was born as Anthony Dominick Benedetto on 3 August 1926, in Astoria, Queens, New York. His mother Anna Suraci was a seamstress and father John Benedetto was a grocer who died when Tony was ten. He grew up with his two older siblings.

By the age of ten, Tony was already singing. He also developed a love for fine arts. He enrolled at New York's School of Industrial Art. However, at the age of 16, he dropped out to support his poverty-stricken family.

Initially he served as a copy boy for the Associated Press and also took several other low-paying jobs. Later, he began performing as a singing waiter all around the city, in nightclubs, bars, functions, and events.

Career

In November 1944, Benedetto joined the United States Army during the final stages of the World War II. During his time there, he sang under the stage name Joe Bari and performed with the 314th Army Special Services Band.

Upon his discharge in 1946, Benedetto returned to the States and continued singing wherever he could. He also made a few recordings in 1949 but they failed to sell.

Soon after this, the actress/singer Pearl Bailey recognized his talent and asked him to sing for her in an event opening. Bob Hope, who was also invited to the show, decided to give Benedetto a chance. Benedetto was then named “Tony Bennett” by Hope and signed to the major Columbia Records.

Bennett began his professional music career as a crooner of pop tunes. His first hit was the ballad "Because of You” which was produced by Mitch Miller. After the commercial success of the song, Miller continued to produce all of Bennett's early tracks. The latter’s "Blue Velvet" also went on to become quite popular.

In 1953, the singer once again gained fame with his "Rags to Riches". Soon after this, the producers of the Broadway musical ‘Kismet’ asked Bennett to sing “Stranger in Paradise” as a mode of promotion of their show. The song became a huge hit not only in the USA but in the UK as well.

In 1955, the American singer released his first long-playing album titled ‘Cloud 7’. Two years later, he came out with the album ‘The Beat of My Heart’. This album featured well-known jazz musicians Nat Adderley and Herbie Mann.

With the beginning of the rock and roll era in the mid-1950s, Bennett continued to enjoy success, placing the song "In the Middle of an Island" at number 9 in the Billboard Top 40 in 1957.

Bennett then went on to work with the Count Basie Orchestra. Their collaborative albums titled ‘Basie Swings, Bennett Sings’ and ‘In Person’ turned out to be huge hits.

In 1962, the artiste released the single "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" and also the album with the same title. Both the album and song managed to achieve gold record status. The following year, he came out with his album titled ‘I Wanna Be Around’. This album too went on to become a success with the title song and the single "The Good Life".

Over the next couple of years, Tony Bennett had minor hits with numerous singles and albums based on show tunes. Then he went on to record "contemporary" rock songs on a request made by Columbia Records' Clive Davis. However, the results satisfied no one; this was illustrated by the failure of the singer’s 1970 album ‘Tony Sings the Great Hits of Today’ to generate any profits.

Taking matters into his own hands, Bennett decided to open his own record company, Improv. This company released a number of albums and songs including ‘Together Again’, ‘The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album’ and ‘What is This Thing Called Love?’

Towards the end of the 1970s, the American artiste had no recording contract. He then got himself booked for shows in colleges and small theaters. By 1986, he was re-signed to Columbia Records and released the album ‘The Art of Excellence’ which became Bennett’s first album to become a hit since 1972.

In the ensuing years, he made appearances on several shows like ‘Late Night with David Letterman’, ‘Late Night with Conan O'Brien’, ‘Muppets Tonight’ and ‘The Simpsons’, to name a few.

In 1993, Bennett did a series of concerts around the country. He continued to record and came out with the hit album ‘Astoria: Portrait of the Artist’, Sinatra homage ‘Perfectly Frank’ and Fred Astaire tribute ‘Steppin' Out’.

In 1994, his appearance on ‘MTV Unplugged’ managed to make the audiences swoon. By the end of the 1990s, he had re-established his reputation and continued to tour and record steadily, doing numerous shows every year.

In addition to several guest performances on TV, Bennett made cameo appearances in movies such as ‘Analyze This,’ ‘The Scout’ and ‘Bruce Almighty.’

In 2006, he released the album ‘Duets: An American Classic’ that reached the top position on the US Jazz Chart. Two years later, Bennett performed his final concerts with the release of the album ‘A Swingin' Christmas’.

In September 2011, he came out with ‘Duets II’ and then collaborated with Amy Winehouse for the single "Body and Soul”. The following year, he released ‘Viva Duets’. Bennett then performed for the very first time in Israel in 2014. A year later, he released the album titled ‘The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern’.

Major Works

In 1962, Tony Bennett staged a concert performance at Carnegie Hall along with musicians such as Al Cohn, Candido, Kenny Burrell and the Ralph Sharon Trio. This concert featured about 44 songs of Bennett’s including favorites like "The Best Is Yet To Come" and "I've Got the World on a String". The concert was a big success and it helped to raise Bennett's reputation both at home and abroad.

Awards & Achievements

Tony Bennett has won 19 Grammy Awards along with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2001) and two Emmy Awards (1996 and 2007).

He has also won several other recognitions such as National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award and Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a Kennedy Center Honoree.

He has been inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame and Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The American artiste has received honorary doctorates from several institutions, such as the Berklee College of Music, The Art Institute of Boston, the George Washington University and the Juilliard School.

Personal Life

Tony Bennett has been married thrice. His previous marriages to Patricia Beech and Sandra Grant ended in divorces. From these two marriages, he had four kids including singer Antonia Bennett. He married his third wife Susan Crow in 2007.

Trivia

Bennett nearly died after a drug overdose incident in 1979.

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Tony Bennett awards

YearNameAward

Primetime Emmy Awards

2007Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music ProgramTony Bennett: An American Classic (2006)
1996Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music ProgramTony Bennett Live by Request: A Valentine's Special (1996)

Grammy Awards

2018Best Traditional Pop Vocal AlbumWinner
2015Best Traditional Pop Vocal AlbumWinner
2012Best Pop Duo/Group PerformanceWinner
2012Best Traditional Pop Vocal AlbumWinner
2007Best Pop Collaboration with VocalsWinner
2006Best Traditional Pop Vocal AlbumWinner
2000Best Traditional Pop Vocal PerformanceWinner

Tony Bennett biography timelines

  • // 3rd Aug 1926
    Tony Bennett was born as Anthony Dominick Benedetto on 3 August 1926, in Astoria, Queens, New York. His mother Anna Suraci was a seamstress and father John Benedetto was a grocer who died when Tony was ten. He grew up with his two older siblings.
  • // Nov 1944
    In November 1944, Benedetto joined the United States Army during the final stages of the World War II. During his time there, he sang under the stage name Joe Bari and performed with the 314th Army Special Services Band.
  • // 1946 To 1949
    Upon his discharge in 1946, Benedetto returned to the States and continued singing wherever he could. He also made a few recordings in 1949 but they failed to sell.
  • // 1953
    In 1953, the singer once again gained fame with his "Rags to Riches". Soon after this, the producers of the Broadway musical ‘Kismet’ asked Bennett to sing “Stranger in Paradise” as a mode of promotion of their show. The song became a huge hit not only in the USA but in the UK as well.
  • // 1955
    In 1955, the American singer released his first long-playing album titled ‘Cloud 7’. Two years later, he came out with the album ‘The Beat of My Heart’. This album featured well-known jazz musicians Nat Adderley and Herbie Mann.
  • // 1957
    With the beginning of the rock and roll era in the mid-1950s, Bennett continued to enjoy success, placing the song "In the Middle of an Island" at number 9 in the Billboard Top 40 in 1957.
  • // 1962
    In 1962, the artiste released the single "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" and also the album with the same title. Both the album and song managed to achieve gold record status. The following year, he came out with his album titled ‘I Wanna Be Around’. This album too went on to become a success with the title song and the single "The Good Life".
  • // 1962
    In 1962, Tony Bennett staged a concert performance at Carnegie Hall along with musicians such as Al Cohn, Candido, Kenny Burrell and the Ralph Sharon Trio. This concert featured about 44 songs of Bennett’s including favorites like "The Best Is Yet To Come" and "I've Got the World on a String". The concert was a big success and it helped to raise Bennett's reputation both at home and abroad.
  • // 1970
    Over the next couple of years, Tony Bennett had minor hits with numerous singles and albums based on show tunes. Then he went on to record "contemporary" rock songs on a request made by Columbia Records' Clive Davis. However, the results satisfied no one; this was illustrated by the failure of the singer’s 1970 album ‘Tony Sings the Great Hits of Today’ to generate any profits.
  • // 1972 To 1986
    Towards the end of the 1970s, the American artiste had no recording contract. He then got himself booked for shows in colleges and small theaters. By 1986, he was re-signed to Columbia Records and released the album ‘The Art of Excellence’ which became Bennett’s first album to become a hit since 1972.
  • // 1979
    Bennett nearly died after a drug overdose incident in 1979.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, Bennett did a series of concerts around the country. He continued to record and came out with the hit album ‘Astoria: Portrait of the Artist’, Sinatra homage ‘Perfectly Frank’ and Fred Astaire tribute ‘Steppin' Out’.
  • // 1994
    In 1994, his appearance on ‘MTV Unplugged’ managed to make the audiences swoon. By the end of the 1990s, he had re-established his reputation and continued to tour and record steadily, doing numerous shows every year.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, he released the album ‘Duets: An American Classic’ that reached the top position on the US Jazz Chart. Two years later, Bennett performed his final concerts with the release of the album ‘A Swingin' Christmas’.
  • // 2007
    Tony Bennett has been married thrice. His previous marriages to Patricia Beech and Sandra Grant ended in divorces. From these two marriages, he had four kids including singer Antonia Bennett. He married his third wife Susan Crow in 2007.
  • // Sep 2011 To 2014
    In September 2011, he came out with ‘Duets II’ and then collaborated with Amy Winehouse for the single "Body and Soul”. The following year, he released ‘Viva Duets’. Bennett then performed for the very first time in Israel in 2014. A year later, he released the album titled ‘The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern’.

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Tony Bennett's FAQ

  • What is Tony Bennett birthday?

    Tony Bennett was born at 1926-08-03

  • Where is Tony Bennett's birth place?

    Tony Bennett was born in Astoria, New York City, New York

  • What is Tony Bennett nationalities?

    Tony Bennett's nationalities is American

  • Who is Tony Bennett spouses?

    Tony Bennett's spouses is Susan Crow (m. 2007), Patricia Beech (m. 1952–1971), Sandra Grant Bennett (m. 1971–2007)

  • Who is Tony Bennett siblings?

    Tony Bennett's siblings is John Benedetto Jr., Mary Benedetto

  • Who is Tony Bennett childrens?

    Tony Bennett's childrens is Antonia Bennett, Dae Bennett, Danny Bennett, Joanna Bennett

  • What was Tony Bennett universities?

    Tony Bennett studied at High School of Art and Design, Berklee College of Music

  • Which company or organization was founded by Tony Bennett?

    Tony Bennett was the founder/co-founder of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

  • What is Tony Bennett's religion?

    Tony Bennett's religion is Catholicism

  • How tall is Tony Bennett?

    Tony Bennett's height is 171

  • Who is Tony Bennett's father?

    Tony Bennett's father is John Benedetto

  • Who is Tony Bennett's mother?

    Tony Bennett's mother is Anna Benedetto

  • What is Tony Bennett's sun sign?

    Tony Bennett is Leo

  • How famous is Tony Bennett?

    Tony Bennett is famouse as Pop Singer

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    Tony Bennett's youtube is https://www.youtube.com/user/tonybennettVEVO/

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