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Born: August 3, 1926 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA Profession: Music ...
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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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