Tony Bennett is a legendary Italian American pop and jazz singer from Astoria, Queens. He is the greatest living American Songbook singer. His signature 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 a huge comeback in the mid-1980s and 1990s that made him popular across the generations. At 95 (2021) Bennett is still going strong and is still popular.
Bennett plays the St George Theatre in St George, Staten Island on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 8pm (7pm doors). From $86. This show is cancelled because the doctor told Bennett to take a break from performing. “One Last Time” with Lady Gaga at Radio City Music Hall, may have been his last public performance.
Love is Here to Stay
The new duet by Tony Bennett & Diana Krall comes out Friday, September 14, 2018.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Bennett’s Recent New York Shows
He’s a New Yorker so he plays in town a lot.
One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga is at Radio City Music Hall on August 3 and 5, 2021 at 8pm. From $255 (at press time).
March 11, 2020, Wednesday ~ Bennett plays the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, New Jersey at 8pm. From $216
April 13, 2019, Saturday, ~ The singer returns to Radio City Music Hall with special guest Antonia Bennett at 8pm. Guess who she is? From $72
Follow Bennett at www.tonybennett.com