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Also Known As: Anthony Dominick Benedetto Died:
Born: August 3, 1926 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA Profession: Singer, Musician, Actor

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A towering figure in the history of popular singers, Tony Bennett's muscular, burnished voice underscored the romance, the longing and the joy in the Great American songbook, as well as his own hits, which included "Because of You" and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." A pop crooner in his early years, Bennett's devotion to jazz and standards spurred him to move away from the mainstream and dig deeply into the works of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and musical theater while collaborating with some of the great figures on the jazz scene, like the Count Basie Orchestra. His focus was not always in step with music buyers' tastes, and for years, he languished in obscurity, all the while honing his craft and his prodigious talent. With the help of his son Danny, he mounted a stunning comeback in the mid-1980s which saw him reaching younger audiences with the same music he had been performing since the 1950s. By staying out of the spotlight, he had become fresh and "alternative" all over again. Numerous Grammys and countless honors came his way, but the greatest gift Bennett received was the appreciation of his powerful and supple voice, which brought him the deserved status of living legend. ...

A towering figure in the history of popular singers, Tony Bennett's muscular, burnished voice underscored the romance, the longing and the joy in the Great American songbook, as well as his own hits, which included "Because of You" and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." A pop crooner in his early years, Bennett's devotion to jazz and standards spurred him to move away from the mainstream and dig deeply into the works of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and musical theater while collaborating with some of the great figures on the jazz scene, like the Count Basie Orchestra. His focus was not always in step with music buyers' tastes, and for years, he languished in obscurity, all the while honing his craft and his prodigious talent. With the help of his son Danny, he mounted a stunning comeback in the mid-1980s which saw him reaching younger audiences with the same music he had been performing since the 1950s. By staying out of the spotlight, he had become fresh and "alternative" all over again. Numerous Grammys and countless honors came his way, but the greatest gift Bennett received was the appreciation of his powerful and supple voice, which brought him the deserved status of living legend.

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 Bruce Almighty (2003) Himself
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 Analyze This (1999)
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Served in the Army infantry during World War II
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Studied singing and acting at the American Theatre Wing
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Discovered by Pearl Bailey in Greenwich Village
1949:
Began touring with Bob Hope after being introduced by Pearl Bailey
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Changed name to Tony Bennett as suggested by Bob Hope
1950:
Signed with Columbia Records and started working with record producer Mitch Miller
1951:
Charted at No. 1 with the song "Because of You"
1953:
Recorded "Stranger in Paradise" for the Broadway musical "Kismet"
1955:
Released first long-playing album, <i>Cloud 7</i>
1956:
Hosted the NBC Saturday night television variety program called "The Tony Bennett Show" as a summer replacement for "The Perry Como Show"
1962:
Staged a highly-promoted concert performance at Carnegie Hall with musicians Al Cohn, Kenny Burrell, and Candido
1962:
Performed on the debut episode of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (NBC)
1962:
Released his most famous song "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," which earned him his first Grammy Award
1966:
Made his film debut in the poorly received "The Oscar"
1970:
Ended his 20 year relationship with Columbia Records and formed his own label, Improv
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Collaborated with jazz pianist Bill Evans for the albums <i>The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album</i> (1975) and <i>Together Again</i> (1976)
1977:
Closed his record company, Improv
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Took a ten year hiatus from recording
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Began collaborating with his son Danny Bennett, who took over as his manager
1986:
Re-signed with Columbia Records and returned to recording music with the album <i>The Art of Excellence</i>
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Began making appearances on shows with a younger audience such as "Late Night with David Letterman" (CBS) and "The Simpsons" (Fox)
1990:
Released the studio album <i>Astoria: Portrait of the Artist</i>
1993:
Played a series of benefit concerts organized by alternative rock radio stations around the country
1994:
Made an appearance on "MTV Unplugged"
1996:
Starred in the first of A&E Network's popular "Live By Request" series
1998:
Published <i>The Good Life: The Autobiography of Tony Bennett</i>
1999:
Had cameo appearance as himself in "Analyze This"
2002:
Headlined the PBS special concert "Tony Bennett's Wonderful World: Live From San Francisco"
2003:
Made a cameo as himself in the comedy feature "Bruce Almighty"
2006:
Released the album <i>Duets: An American Classic</i>, featuring collaborations with Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, and Celine Dion
2006:
Headlined the Rob Marshall-directed television special "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" on NBC
2008:
Performed with Billy Joel at the final concerts given at Shea Stadium
2008:
Released the album <i>A Swingin' Christmas</i> with The Count Basie Big Band
2010:
Joined various artists for "We Are the World: 25 for Haiti," a charity single in aid of the 2010 Haiti earthquake
2011:
Released <i>Duets II</i>, a follow-up album to "<i>Duets: An American Classic</i> that featured collaborations with Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, and Aretha Franklin
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Education

High School of Art and Design: New York , New York -
American Theatre Wing: New York , New York -

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