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Tony Bennett

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Tony Bennett

American singer of traditional pop standards, show tunes, and jazz add

Category: Music

Born in 1926.

Countries: United States (67%), (8%), New York (7%)

Main connections: Lady Gaga, Duets II (Tony Bennett album), Frank Sinatra

Linked to: Apple Inc., Democratic National Committee, Democratic Party, Koss Corporation

 

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Tony Bennett was born in 1926 add something


1940

Afterwards, he developed his singing technique, signed with Columbia Records, and had his first number-one popular song with "Because of You" in 1951 add something

 

Frank De Vol - From the 1940s, De Vol wrote arrangements for the studio recordings of many top singers, including Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Dinah_Shore, Doris Day, Vic Damone and Jaye P. Morgan


1944

Benedetto was drafted into the United States Army in November 1944, during the final stages of World War II add something


1945

As March 1945 began, he joined the front line and what he would later describe as a "front-row seat in hell add something


1946

Upon his discharge from the Army and return to the States in 1946, Benedetto studied at the American Theatre Wing on the GI Bill add something


1949

In 1949, Pearl Bailey recognized Benedetto's talent and asked him to open for her in Greenwich Village add something


1950

Bennett has charted over 30 singles during his career, with his biggest hits all occurring during the early 1950s and none charting between 1968 and 2010 add something

 

He reached an artistic peak in the late 1950s with albums such as "The Beat of My Heart" and "Basie Swings, Bennett Sings" add something

 

In 1950, Bennett cut a demo of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and was signed to the major Columbia Records label by Mitch Miller add something

 

Nevertheless, Bennett continued to enjoy success, placing eight songs in the "Billboard" during the latter part of the 1950s, with "In the Middle of an Island" reaching the highest at number nine in 1957 add something

 

Several top hits such as "Rags to Riches" followed in the early 1950s add something

 

Claude Thornhill - In the mid 1950s, Thornhill was briefly Tony Bennett's musical director

 

Sacha Distel - Over his career he worked alongside Dizzy Gillespie and Tony Bennett and appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in the late 1950s after establishing himself as a French crooner


1952

On February 12, 1952, Bennett married Ohio art student and jazz fan Patricia Beech, whom he had met the previous year after a nightclub performance in Cleveland add something


1953

A third number-one came in 1953 with "Rags to Riches" add something


1954

In 1954, the guitarist Chuck Wayne became Bennett's musical director add something


1955

Bennett released his first long-playing album in 1955, "Cloud 7" add something

 

Once the rock and roll era began in 1955, the dynamic of the music industry changed and it became harder and harder for existing pop singers to do well commercially add something


1956

George Reeves - Attempting to showcase his versatility, Reeves sang on the Tony Bennett show in August 1956


1957

The result was the 1957 album "The Beat of My Heart" add something


1959

In 1959, Bennett would again fill in for "The Perry Como Show", this time alongside Teresa Brewer and Jaye P. Morgan as co-hosts of the summer-long "Perry Presents add something


1960

Mitch Miller - He defined the Columbia style through the early 1960s, signing and producing many important pop standards artists for Columbia, including Johnnie Ray, Percy Faith, Ray Conniff, Jimmy Boyd, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Guy_Mitchell , and in a fortuitous business move for all, enticed both Patti Page and Frankie Laine to join him at Columbia after their early successes at Mercury

 

Sacha Distel - In the 1960s, he composed "La Belle Vie", a tune that made its way across the Atlantic as "The Good Life", most famously performed by Tony Bennett


1961

Tommy Vig - In 1961 he settled in Las Vegas, where he performed with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Curtis, Woody Allen, Judy Garland, and Tony Bennett.


1962

Also in 1962, Bennett released the song "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" add something

 

In 1962, Bennett recorded his signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" add something

 

In June 1962, Bennett staged a highly promoted concert performance at Carnegie Hall, using a stellar line-up of musicians including Al Cohn, Kenny Burrell, and Candido, as well as the Ralph Sharon Trio add something

 

Bennett appeared on television, and in October 1962 he sang on the initial broadcast of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" add something

 

Johnny Mercer - The Tony Bennett classic "I Wanna Be Around" was written by Mercer in 1962 and the Sinatra hit "Summer Wind" in 1965

 

Don Charles - He was renamed "'Don Charles"' to avoid potential confusion with Tony Bennett, and released his biggest seller "Walk With Me My Angel" in January 1962


1963

Bobby Vinton - Arguably, his most famous song is 1963s "Blue Velvet," originally a minor hit for Tony Bennett in 1951, that went to number one

 

The Good Life (1962 song) - The song is best known in the English-speaking world as a 1963 recording by Tony Bennett


1965

A firm believer in the American Civil Rights movement, Bennett participated in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches add something

 

Bennett and his wife Patricia had been separated since 1965, their marriage a victim of Bennett's spending too much time on the road, among other factors add something

 

Bennett had become involved with aspiring actress Sandra Grant while filming "The Oscar" in 1965; the couple lived together for several years, and on December 29, 1971, they quietly married in New York add something

 

Over the next couple of years, Bennett had minor hits with several albums and singles based on show tunes; his last top-40 single was the number 34 "If I Ruled the World" from "Pickwick" in 1965, but his commercial fortunes were clearly starting to decline add something

 

Ralph Sharon and Bennett parted ways in 1965 add something

 

Bobby Hackett - In 1965, he toured with singer Tony Bennett


1966

An attempt to break into acting with a role in the poorly received 1966 film "The Oscar" met with middling reviews for Bennett; he did not enjoy the experience and did not seek further roles add something

 

John Bunch - In 1966 he joined Tony Bennett as pianist and musical director, and stayed in the employ of the singer until 1972


1967

Sly and the Family Stone - The Family Stone's first album, "A Whole New Thing", was released in 1967 to critical acclaim, particularly from musicians such as Mose Allison and Tony Bennett


1969

In 1969, Patricia sued him for divorce on grounds of adultery add something


1970

Lena Horne - In 1970, she co-starred with Harry Belafonte in the hour-long "Harry & Lena" for ABC; in 1973, she co-starred with Tony Bennett in "Tony and Lena"


1971

In 1971, their divorce became official add something


1972

By 1972, he had departed Columbia for the Verve division of MGM Records and had relocated for a stint in London, where he hosted a television show from the Talk of the Town nightclub in conjunction with Thames Television, "Tony Bennett from the Talk of the Town" add something

 

This became his first album to reach the charts since 1972 add something

 

Bernie Leighton - He did a tour with Tony Bennett in 1972-73


1977

Billy Joel - The album featured the song "New York State of Mind", a bluesy, jazzy epic that has become one of Joel's signature songs, and which was later covered by fellow Columbia labelmates Barbra Streisand, on her 1977 Streisand Superman album, and as a duet with Tony Bennett, on his 2001 Playing with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues album.


1980

Bennett staged a comeback in the late 1980s and 1990s, putting out gold record albums again and expanding his audience to the MTV Generation while keeping his musical style intact add something

 

In the late 1980s, Bennett entered into a long-term romantic relationship with Susan Crow, a former New York City schoolteacher who was 33 years his junior add something

 

Joe LaBarbera - After Evans' death in 1980, Joe joined singer Tony Bennett


1984

Sharon Oreck - Since 1984, she has produced over 600 music videos for performers in different genres including Tony Bennett, Rosanne Cash, The Eurythmics, Ice-T, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Madonna, Metallica, Bette Midler, Sting and U2


1986

By 1986, Tony Bennett was re-signed to Columbia Records, this time with creative control, and released "The Art of Excellence" add something


1990

Bennett continued to record and tour steadily, doing a hundred shows a year by the end of the 1990s add something

 

Max Weinberg - He was especially proud that the band had successfully backed Tony Bennett during a late 1990s appearance on "Late Night": "Two years ago if you'd asked me if I could play with Tony Bennett, I would have said absolutely not


1993

In 1993, Bennett played a series of benefit concerts organized by alternative rock radio stations around the country add something

 

Theme from New York, New York - Sinatra recorded it a second time for his 1993 album "Duets", with Tony Bennett


1994

The new audience reached its height with Bennett's appearance in 1994 on "MTV Unplugged" add something


1995

Gloria Estefan - In January 1995, the Miami Sound Machine performed at the Super Bowl XXIX halftime show, with Tony Bennett, Patti_LaBelle, and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, in a program entitled "Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye", to promote the upcoming Disney theme park attraction


1996

Many of his works were published in the art book "Tony Bennett: What My Heart Has Seen" in 1996 add something


 

Bennett was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1997, was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2001, and received a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 2002 add something


1998

In 1998 he made an unlikely but successful appearance at a mud-soaked Glastonbury in an immaculate white suit and tie add something


2000

Diana Krall - In August 2000, Krall was paired on a 20-city tour with Tony Bennett


2001

At the same time they founded the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, a public high school dedicated to teaching the performing arts, which opened in 2001 and would have a very high graduation rate add something

 

He was chosen as the official artist for the 2001 Kentucky Derby, and was commissioned by the United Nations to do two paintings, including one for its 50th anniversary add something

 

In 2001, it was ranked 23rd on an RIAA/NEA list of the most historically significant Songs of the 20th Century add something

 

James Darren - The album showed Darren, a close friend of Frank Sinatra, comfortably singing in the Sinatra style; the 2001 follow-up "Because of You" showed similar inspiration from Tony Bennett


2002

In 2002, "Q" magazine named Tony Bennett in its list of the "50 Bands To See Before You Die" add something

 

In April 2002, he joined Michael Jackson, Chris Tucker and former President Bill Clinton in a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at New York's Apollo Theater add something


2003

K.d. lang - In 2003, she won her fourth Grammy Award, this time for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for her collaboration with Tony Bennett on "A Wonderful World"


2005

Bennett claimed that former President George W. Bush personally told him at the Kennedy Center in December 2005 that he felt he had made a mistake invading Iraq, to which a Bush spokesperson replied, "This account is flatly wrong add something

 

On December 4, 2005, Bennett was the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor add something


 

Bennett was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters award in 2006, the highest honor that the United States bestows upon jazz musicians add something

 

In August 2006, Bennett turned eighty years old add something

 

Barbra Streisand - In February 2006, Streisand recorded the song "Smile" alongside Tony Bennett at Streisand's Malibu, California home

 

Barbara Streisand - In February 2006, Streisand recorded the song "Smile" alongside Tony Bennett at Streisand's Malibu home.

 

Back to Basics (Christina Aguilera album) - Aguilera sang "Ain't No Other Man", "Hurt" and "Steppin' Out with My Baby" with Tony Bennett on "Saturday Night Live" on November 11, 2006

 

Carrie Underwood - In December 2006, Underwood joined Tony Bennett, Michael_Bublé and Josh Groban to sing "For Once In My Life" on The Oprah Winfrey Show


2007

In 2007, another book involving his paintings, "Tony Bennett in the Studio: A Life of Art & Music", became a best-seller among art books add something

 

On June 21, 2007, Bennett married Crow in a private civil ceremony in New York that was witnessed by former Governor Mario Cuomo add something

 

Alfio - After touring the U.S. in 2007, Alfio recorded "Classic Rewinds", a tribute album to 15 Italian-American singers who influenced Alfio when growing up in Sydney: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Mario Lanza, Perry Como, Vic Damone, Al Martino, Louis Prima, Jerry Vale, Bobby Rydell, Tony Bennett, Frankie_Laine, Bobby Darin, Frankie Valli, Bon Jovi, and Frankie Avalon

 

Stephen Colbert - He lost the same category to Tony Bennett in 2007 and Don Rickles in 2008


2008

The year 2008 saw Bennett making two appearances on "New York State of Mind" with Billy Joel at the final concerts given at Shea Stadium, and in October releasing the album "A Swingin' Christmas" with The Count Basie Big Band, for which he made a number of promotional appearances at holiday time add something

 

Torrie Zito - He worked closely with singer Tony Bennett for many years and his work features on Bennett's Grammy-nominated 2008 album, "A Swingin' Christmas"

 

Dennis Irwin - Irwin died in Manhattan on March 10, 2008, the same day as a Jazz at Lincoln Center benefit concert in his honor featuring performances by Wynton Marsalis, Tony Bennett, and Jon Hendricks, in addition to Lovano and Scofield


2009

In 2009, Bennett performed at the conclusion of the final Macworld Conference & Expo for Apple Inc., singing the "The Best Is Yet to Come" and "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" to a standing ovation, and later making his Jazz Fest debut in New Orleans add something


2010

He remains a popular and critically praised recording artist and concert performer in the 2010s add something

 

Regarding his choices in music, Bennett reiterated his artistic stance in a 2010 interview: add something

 

In February 2010, Bennett was one of over 70 artists singing on "We Are the World 25 for Haiti", a charity single in aid of the 2010 Haiti earthquake add something


2011

A series of albums, often based on themes , has met with good acceptance; Bennett has won eight more Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance or Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Grammys in the subsequent years, most recently for the year 2011 add something

 

In September 2011, Bennett released "Duets II", a follow-up to his first collaboration album, in conjunction with his 85th birthday add something

 

In December 2011, Bennett appeared at the Royal Variety Performance in Salford in the presence of HRH Princess Anne add something

 

Carrie Underwood - She has a duet with Tony Bennett on his 2011 album "Duets II" and another duet with Randy Travis on his 2011 "Anniversary Celebration" album

 

Mariah Carey - On February 11, 2011, Carey announced on HSN, that she recorded a duet with Tony Bennett for his "Duets II" album, titled "When Do The Bells Ring For Me"

 

Amy Winehouse - Winehouse's last recording was a duet with American singer Tony Bennett for his latest album, "Duets II", which was released on 20 September 2011

 

Duets II (Tony Bennett album) - "'Duets II"' is an album by Tony Bennett, released on September 20, 2011


2012

Carrie Underwood - On February 12, 2012, Underwood and Tony Bennett performed their duet "It Had to Be You" at the 54th Annual Grammy *awards

 

Angelique Kidjo - On April 30, 2012, Kidjo was part of the International Jazz Day organized by UNESCO at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York City, with Herbie Hancock, Terrence Blanchard, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Tony Bennett, Shaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Hugh Masekela and many others

 

Bill Charlap - On November 29, 2012, Charlap was the pianist accompanying Tony Bennett at the wedding reception of Liz Lemon on NBC's 30 Rock


2013

Oscar bait - "Cheek to Cheek", the album of jazz standards Lady Gaga began recording in 2013 with Tony Bennett, has been referred to as "Grammy bait"


2014

In September 2014, Bennett performed for the first time in Israel, with his jazz quartet at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv, receiving a standing ovation add something

 

Great American Songbook - In 2014, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett released a collaborative album, Cheek to Cheek, made up of songs from the "Great American Songbook"

 

Lady Gaga - "Cheek to Cheek", a jazz album with Tony Bennett, was supposed to be released on January 1, 2014, but it was later announced that the release has been delayed till the fourth quarter of 2014

 

Lady Gaga - Gaga, in September 2014 along with with Tony Bennett, will release a jazz album titled "Cheek to Cheek"

 

Lady Gaga - Gaga collaborated with Tony Bennett to release a jazz album, "Cheek to Cheek", The album was released on September 19, 2014


2015

In 2015, Bennett starred in the documentary film that depicts the life of late singer Amy Winehouse, entitled "Amy" add something

 

On November 1, 2015, Bennett, joined by the choir from the Frank Sinatra School, sang "America the Beautiful" before Game 5 of the baseball World Series between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets at Citi Field add something

 

Katharine McPhee - On February 8, 2015, McPhee was a presenter at the 2015 Grammy *awards on CBS, where she introduced a performance of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

 

Great American Songbook - Other influential early interpreters of the Great American Songbook include Fred Astaire, Mildred Bailey, Bill Kenny, Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, June 2015 Christy, Rosemary Clooney, Nat "King" Cole, Perry Como, Barbara Cook, Jane Froman, Chris Connor, Bing Crosby, Vic Damone, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Doris Day, Blossom Dearie, Billy Eckstine, Alice Faye, Helen Forrest, the Four Freshmen, Connie Francis, Judy Garland, Eydie Gorme, Johnny Hartman, Dick Haymes, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Joni James, Jack Jones, Al Jolson, Cleo Laine, Frankie Laine, Steve Lawrence, Peggy Lee,


2016

On January 1, 2016, he performed his famous song Margaritaville in New York City in celebration of the new year add something

 

On August 19, 2016, shortly after his 90th birthday, Bennett was honored by the unveiling of an 8-foot tall statue in his likeness in front of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco add something

 

On December 20, 2016, NBC will televise a special concert in honor of his 90th birthday add something


2018

A series of albums, often based on themes , has met with good acceptance; Bennett has won eleven more Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance or Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Grammys in the subsequent years, most recently for the year 2018 add something

 

In September 2018, Bennett re-recorded his own song " Fascinating Rhythm, after 68 years and 342 days, according to the Guinness adjudicator add something

 

Diana Krall - On September 14, 2018, the joint album between Krall and Tony Bennett, "Love Is Here to Stay", was released