Tony Bennett is a legendary Italian-American Pop and Jazz singer from Astoria, Queens. He is the greatest living singer of the American Songbook. His signature song is “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
Bennett scored a number of hits in the 1950s, made an adult radio comeback in the 1960s, faded in the Rock era, and made huge comeback in the mid-1980s and 1990s that made him popular across the generations. At 91 (2017) Bennett is still going strong and is still popular.
Tony Bennett in New York City
Bennett plays Radio City Music Hall in Midtown, Manhattan on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 8pm. $62 – $401+
Tony Bennett is a New Yorker
Anthony Dominick Benedetto was born in Astoria Queens on August 3, 1926. He studied painting, but started singing very young. He performed at the opening of the Triborough Bridge in 1936.
Bennett founded the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens in 2001. It has one of the highest rates of college enrollment among New York City high schools.
Tony Bennett in the 1950s
Bennett’s break came when Bob Hope saw him performing in Greenwich Village and put him on Bob’s stage show.
Bennett’s first hit Because of You reached #1 in 1951. He also hit #1 with Cold Cold Heart and Rags to Riches.
Tony Bennett in the 1960s
I Left My Heart in San Francisco went platinum and reached #5 on the Billboard 100 chart in 1962.
Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album went platinum and reached #10 on the Billboard 100 chart in 1968.
Tony Bennett in the 1990s
MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett with Elvis Costello and k.d. lang went platinum and won Grammys for “Album of the Year” and “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance.” It reached #48 on the Billboard 100 chart in 1994 and made Bennett hugely popular with all generations.
Tony Bennett Today
Duets: An American Classic (2006) went platinum and reached #3 on the Billboard 100.
Duets II went platinum and reached #1 on the Billboard 100 in 2011.
The Classics (2013)
Winter Wonderland with Lady Gaga (2014)
Cheek to Cheek with Lady Gaga (2014) went platinum and hit #1 on the Billboard 100 chart.
The Silver Lining (2015) won a Grammy for “Best Tradtional Pop Vocal Performance.”
Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 (2016)
Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 is nominated for the 60th Grammy Awards “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.”
Viva Duets Features Duets with Latin Pop Stars
Viva Duets features duets Bennett singing the American Songbook with Latin American Pop singers in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. It is released October 23, 2017.
Guest artists include:
- Chayanne (Puerto Rican Pop)
- Thalía (Mexican Pop)
- Cristina Aguilera (Ecuadorian-American Pop)
- Marc Anthony (Puerto Rican New Yorker Salsa)
- Dani Martin (Spanish Punk)
- Franco De Vita (Venezuelan Pop Rock)
- Gloria Estefan (Cuban Pop)
- Juan Luis Guerra (Dominican Merengue)
- Vicentico (Argentine Reggae)
- Ricardo Arjona (Guatemalan Pop)
- Romeo Santos (Dominican New Yorker Bachata)
- Vicente Fernández (Mexican Ranchera Mariachi)
Love is Here to Stay
The new duet by Tony Bennett & Diana Krall comes out Friday, September 14, 2018.
For more information, visit www.tonybennett.com