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