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Tony Bennett

Anthony Dominick Benedetto, better known as Tony Bennett, was born on August 3, 1926. He is an American jazz singer of traditional pop standards, big band, and show classics. He is also a painter, with paintings on permanent public exhibits in some institutions under his birth name. Bennett’s reputation fell as younger listeners gravitated toward rock music, but by the 1990s, he had recovered thanks to increased exposure and a lauded appearance on M.T.V. Unplugged. We would like to give recognition to this incredible singer today.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Anthony Dominick Benedetto

Nickname:

Tony Benefit

Birth date:

August 3, 1926

Age:

96

Zodiac Sign:

Leo

Height:

5' 7"

Relationship Status:

Married

Net Worth:

$200 million

Anthony's Social Media:

Background

Bennett is a jazz and popular music legend who served in the military during W.W.II and then went on to have a career spanning more than half a century. He was born in Astoria, Queens, New York City, and was a student at New York City’s High School of Industrial Arts, but he dropped school to help support his family financially and worked as a singing waiter. He took advantage of the G.I. Bill after serving in the Army infantry during W.W.II and studied singing at the American Theatre Wing.

Pearl Bailey discovered Bennett in 1949 and requested him to open for her performance in Greenwich Village. In 1950, he joined Columbia Records and began working with Mitch Miller, a record producer. Bennett became interested in making jazz recordings in the late 1950s. ‘Jeepers Creepers’ and ‘Chicago’ were featured on his 1958 album “Basie Swings, Bennett Sings,” which he co-wrote with Count Basie. Bennett made a comeback in 1962, releasing a few solo albums. ‘I Left My Heart in San Francisco,’ which brought Bennett his first “Grammy Awards” and established it as his hallmark song, captured the public’s interest. Due to a disagreement, Bennett left Columbia Records at the beginning of the 1970s and launched his label, Improv, which was a complete failure.

Bennett’s hiatus from the studio coincided with a period of personal turmoil for the singer. After relocating to Los Angeles, he began abusing cocaine and marijuana, both of which were prevalent in the celebrity party scene. With the help of his oldest son, Danny, who became his manager, Bennett put his personal and professional lives back together. The singer re-signed with Columbia Records, and “The Art of Excellence,” his first studio album in nearly 10 years, was released in 1986. During the 1990s, Bennett released a series of acclaimed tribute albums. He organized a Gala-party in his honor at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles in November 2006. A slew of celebrities delivered live performances for him. Bennett entertained his guests by singing his well-known hits, ‘I Left My Heart in San Francisco’ and ‘What A Good Life.’

Bennett and his first wife, Patricia Beech, met in the early 1950s. The couple got married in 1952. Sadly, it appeared that Beech had issues with Bennett’s alleged affairs, and despite having two children together, D’Andrea ‘Danny’ Bennett and Daegal ‘Dae’ Bennett, the couple separated in 1971. With his second wife, Sandra Grant, whom he married in 1971, Bennett had two more daughters — Joanna Bennett and Antonia Bennett. The couple didn’t last and divorced in 2007. He later wed Susan Crow, his current spouse, in 2007. However, they don’t have any kids together.

Career timeline

1950
Bennett Signs With His First Record Label

He successfully auditions for Columbia Records’ producer Mitch Miller, singing ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ and signs with the label.

1951
He Scores His First Hit

'Because of You,' his first hit, peaks at No. 1 and remains on the charts for 32 weeks.

1963
His First “Grammy Award”

Bennett scores his first Grammy Award for ‘Best Solo Vocal Performance’ and ‘Record of the Year’ for his song ‘I Left My Heart in San Francisco.’

1974
Bennett Gets a Degree

He earns an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music.

1996
He Publishes His First Book

Bennett releases his first book “Tony Bennett: What My Heart Has Seen.”

2014
Guinness World Record

At 88 years and 69 days old, he earns the Guinness World Record for being the ‘oldest individual to achieve No. 1 on the U.S. Album Chart with a newly recorded album.’

2016
A Statue of Him is Erected

A statue of Bennett is erected outside the Fairmont Hotel to honor his 90th birthday and his premiere performance of ‘I Left My Heart In San Francisco.’

Why We Love Tony Bennett

  1. He is charitable

    In 1999, Bennett founded the Exploring The Arts Foundation. The foundation's key objective is to use arts education to improve the lives of young people.

  2. He is an activist

    In Selma, he marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to support the Civil Rights Movement. He is a vocal supporter of equality, nonviolence, and humanitarian causes. He was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame and earned the ‘U.N. High Commissioner’ for the Refugees Humanitarian Award.

  3. He is inspirational

    For people around the world, Bennett is a true inspiration. “His voice has kept up throughout the years says as much about his talent. I appreciate all he’s done bringing in contemporary artists like Lady Gaga. I think that’s awesome because it introduces the Great American Songbook to a new generation,” Fogleman said.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. His original stage name

    Bennett's stage name was the original 'Joe Bari,' named after the Italian city and province.

  2. He has a star

    For those who are curious, Bennett's star is located at 1560 Vine Street on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

  3. He earns money from painting

    Bennett's art has been featured in various journals and regularly sells for more than $80,000, so even if he didn't sing, it could support him.{His female fans ‘mourned’ his marriage

  4. His female fans ‘mourned’ his marriage

    Bennett's fame was such that when he married Patricia Beech in the early 1950s, thousands of his female fans gathered outside St. Patrick's Cathedral, all dressed in black, to mourn the fact that their music idol was getting married.

  5. He once performed as a voice actor

    Bennett not only featured in films and television shows as himself but he also lent his voice for an episode of “The Simpsons.”

Tony Bennett FAQs

When was Tony Bennett's last performance?

Bennett and Lady Gaga performed two sold-out shows in August 2021 that were touted as Bennet’s last New York appearances.

What is the age difference between Tony Bennett and Susan?

40 years.

What does Tony Bennett suffer from?

Bennett has Alzheimer’s, the most common form of age-related dementia.

Tony Bennett’s birthday dates

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