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Tony Bennett

 
Date Of Birth:
August 03, 1926 (96)
Birth Place:
Astoria, NY, USA
Bio:
Tony Bennett’s life and philosophy is the embodiment of the Great American Story. Having celebrated his 90th birthday on August 3rd 2016, his career as the pre-eminent singer of the 20th and 21st centuries is unprecedented. He continues to be embraced and loved by audiences of all ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: August 03, 1926 (96)

Birth Place: Astoria, NY, USA

Bio:
Tony Bennett’s life and philosophy is the embodiment of the Great American Story. Having celebrated his 90th birthday on August 3rd 2016, his career as the pre-eminent singer of the 20th and 21st centuries is unprecedented. He continues to be embraced and loved by audiences of all ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
1993
Performer
  [Broadway]
Concert [Broadway], 1974
Performer
  [Broadway]
1974
Performer

Tony Bennett Movies

The Marriage-Go-Round
 
[1961]
Self - Vocalist - Title Song - Voice
Freedom Spectacular
 
[1964]
The Oscar
 
[1966]
Hymie Kelly
Tony & Lena
 
[1973]
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can
 
[1982]
("I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan")
An American Reunion: The People's Inaugural Celebration
 
[1993]
Abbey Lincoln: You Gotta Pay the Band
 
[1993]
The Scout
 
[1994]
Tony Bennett
Analyze This
 
[1999]
Tony Bennett
Christmas Dream
 
[2000]
Bruce Almighty
 
[2003]
Tony Bennett
Movies Rock
 
[2007]
Bee Gees: In Our Own Time
 
[2010]
Tony Bennett Duets 2: The Great Performances
 
[2012]
Real Change: Artists for Education
 
[2014]
Muppets Most Wanted
 
[2014]
Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!
 
[2014]
Bruce's Hall of Fame
 
[2014]
International Jazz Day
 
[2015]
Glastonbury Golden Greats
 
[2015]
International Jazz Day 10th Anniversary Celebration
 
[2021]

Tony Bennett TV Shows

The Danny Thomas Show
 
[1959]
Cousin Stephen
77 Sunset Strip
 
[1963]
Maximillian
The Doris Day Show
 
[1970]
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King
 
[1978]
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Remington Steele
 
[1985]
Tony Bennett
Evening Shade
 
[1994]
Tony Lombardi
Cybill
 
[1995]
Tony Bennett
Suddenly Susan
 
[1997]
Tony Bennett
Cosby
 
[1998]
Tony Bennett
Christmas in Vienna
 
[2000]
Entourage
 
[2008]
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Blue Bloods
 
[2011]
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30 Rock
 
[2012]
Tony Bennett
The Simpsons
 
[1990-2013]
Tony Bennett, Capital City Singer
Wallykazam!
 
[2014]
Bobgoblin's Singing Voice

Tony Bennett Biography

Tony Bennett’s life and philosophy is the embodiment of the Great American Story. Having celebrated his 90th birthday on August 3rd 2016, his career as the pre-eminent singer of the 20th and 21st centuries is unprecedented. He continues to be embraced and loved by audiences of all generations.

Through his dedication to excellence and his insistence on quality, he has become the keeper of the flame by extolling the virtues and values represented by the Great American Songbook. Tony Bennett has been on the front lines of every major issue impacting the cornerstones of this country’s modern history. He has performed for eleven U.S. Presidents, is a World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and participated in the liberation of a concentration camp, and marched side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King in Selma to support civil rights. Throughout his life, Tony Bennett has been a dedicated pacifist and proactive humanitarian selflessly supporting many causes whose goals benefit the lives of millions. His love for his country has earned him the distinction of national treasure and the United Nations has named him a Citizen of the World as one of their foremost ambassadors.

Through his music, Tony Bennett has connected in unprecedented fashion with all generations of audiences. His commitment to humanitarian ideals has bridged our differences by highlighting what we have in common as citizens of the planet. He has fought for the hard issues when others have turned a blind eye and has remained true to the authenticity and creativity of his musical vision. Tony has achieved the Great American Dream but has never forgotten his own roots and is constantly working toward ensuring that others can achieve their dreams as well. His life story is compelling in the lessons and values that it teaches: dedication, commitment, courage, and compassion.

No one in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence than Tony Bennett. In the last ten years alone he has sold ten million records. The essence of his longevity and high artistic achievement was imbued in him in his loving, childhood home in the Astoria section of Queens where he was born on August 3, 1926. His father died when Tony was 10 and his mother, Anna, raised Tony and his older brother and sister, John and Mary, in a home surrounded by loving relatives who were Tony’s first fans, filling him with encouragement and optimism. He attended the High School of Industrial Arts in Manhattan, where he continued nurturing his two passions: singing and painting. From the radio, he developed a love of music hearing Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, and James Durante.

As a teenager, Tony sang while waiting on tables and then enlisted in the Army during World War II and while in Europe he performed with military bands. He later had vocal studies at the American Theatre Wing School. The first time Bennett sang in a nightclub was in 1946 when he sat in with trombonist Tyree Glenn at the Shangri-La in Astoria. Bennett’s big break came in 1949 when comedian Bob Hope noticed him working with Pearl Bailey in Greenwich Village in New York City. As Bennett recalls, “Bob Hope came down to check out my act. He liked my singing so much that after the show he came back to see me in my dressing room and said, ‘Come on kid, you’re going to come to the Paramount and sing with me.’ But first he told me he didn’t care for my stage name (Joe Bari) and asked me what my real name was. I told him, ‘My name is Anthony Dominick Benedetto,’ and he said, ‘We’ll call you Tony Bennett.’ And that’s how it happened. A new Americanized name—the start of a wonderful career and a glorious adventure that has continued for over 60 years.”

With millions of records sold world-wide and platinum and gold albums to his credit, Bennett has received nineteen Grammy Awards—including a 1995 Grammy for Record of the Year for his MTV Unplugged CD which introduced this American master to a whole new generation—and the Grammy Lifetime Award. His initial successes came via a string of Columbia singles in the early 1950s, including such chart-toppers as “Because of You,” “Rags to Riches,” and a remake of Hank Williams’ “Cold, Cold Heart.” He had 24 songs in the Top 40, including “I Wanna Be Around,” “The Good Life,” “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me),” and his signature song, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” which garnered him two Grammy Awards.

Tony Bennett is one of a handful of artists to have new albums charting in the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and now in the first two decades of the 21st century. He has introduced a multitude of songs into the Great American Songbook that have since become standards for pop music. He has toured the world to sold-out audiences with rave reviews whenever he performs. Bennett re-signed with Columbia Records in 1986 and released the critically acclaimed The Art of Excellence. Since his 1991 show-stopping performance at the Grammy Awards of “When Do The Bells Ring For Me," from his Astoria album, he has received a string of Grammy Awards for releases including Stepping Out, Perfectly Frank, and MTV Unplugged.

In the new millennium, Bennett’s artistry and popularity was higher than ever. In 2006, the year of his 80th birthday, his Duets: An American Classic was released. The album—which included performances with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Bono, and others—won three Grammy Awards and went on to be one of the best-selling CDs of the year and Tony’s career. Bennett’s first Duets album also inspired the Rob Marshall-directed television special Tony Bennett: An American Classic, which won seven Emmys making it the most honored program at the 2007 Emmy Awards. In celebration of his 85th birthday in 2011 the release of Bennett’s highly anticipated, Duets II, featured Tony performing with a new roster of celebrated artists including, the late Amy Winehouse (her last recording was their duet of “Body and Soul”), Michael Bublé, Aretha Franklin, Josh Groban, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, and many others. Duets II debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album charts, making Tony the only artist at the age of 85 to achieve this in the history of recorded music. Bennett won two Grammys for Duets II in the 2012 Grammy ceremony and that year marked the 50th Anniversary of the recording and release of his signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” A documentary entitled, The Zen of Bennett, which was created and conceived by Danny Bennett, Tony’s son and manager, was premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2012. At the end of 2012, Bennett also authored his fourth book, the New York Times bestseller, Life is a Gift, which highlights his personal philosophies learned throughout his life and career. Tony’s collaborative jazz album with Lady Gaga, released in 2014, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts, making Bennett, at the age of 88, the oldest artist to have a #1 album—breaking his own previously established historical record. “Cheek To Cheek” won a Grammy in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal category. Bennett’s 2015 release, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern won a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal album.

On August 3rd 2016, Tony Bennett celebrated his 90th birthday which was marked by the lighting of the Empire State Building in honor of his musical legacy along with a star-studded celebration at the famed Rainbow Room. Later that year NBC aired a two-hour prime time special, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come, which featured performances by Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Michael Bublé, and many more. Columbia Records released a companion CD to the television special, and Tony’s fifth book was published, Just Getting Started.

Tony Bennett became a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2005, was named an NEA Jazz Master in January of 2006, a Citizen of the World award from the United Nations, and a Billboard Magazine Century Award in honor of his outstanding contributions to music. In November 2017, the Library of Congress will present Tony with The Gershwin Prize, marking the first time the honor has been bestowed upon an “interpretive singer” as, to that date, it had only been given to composers.

Tony Bennett is a dedicated painter whose interest in art began as a child. He continues to paint every day, even as he tours internationally. He has exhibited his work in galleries around the world. The United Nations has commissioned him for two paintings, including one for their 50th anniversary. His original painting, “Homage to Hockney,” is on permanent display at the Butler Institute of American Art, and the landmark National Arts Club in New York is home to Tony’s painting “Boy on Sailboat, Sydney Bay.” Three of his paintings are part of the Smithsonian Museums permanent collections, including his portrait of his friend Duke Ellington that became part of the National Portrait Gallery’s collection in 2009.

Throughout his career, Tony Bennett has always put his heart and time into humanitarian concerns. He has raised millions of dollars for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, which established a research fund in his name. His original paintings each year grace the cover of the American Cancer Society’s annual holiday greeting card, proceeds from which are earmarked for cancer research. He is active in environmental concerns and social justice. He marched with Dr. King in the historical Selma-to-Montgomery Civil Rights movement, and the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta bestowed upon him their Salute to Greatness Award for his efforts in fighting racial discrimination.

In 1999, Tony Bennett and his wife, Susan Benedetto, a former public-school teacher, founded Exploring the Arts (ETA) to strengthen the role of the arts in public high school education. ETA connects private funders, individual artists, and cultural institutions to Partner Schools to achieve greater equality of resources and opportunity for youth of all means and backgrounds. ETA programs are designed to help school principals and teachers sustain the arts in the face of budget cuts and better leverage the arts to strengthen student learning and engagement. ETA’s first endeavor was the establishment of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (FSSA), a public high school founded in 2001 by Tony and Susan in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. FSSA is housed in a newly constructed building in Tony’s hometown of Astoria, Queens. Its state-of-the-art facilities include visual-art studios and a gallery, black-box theatres and a stagecraft workshop, dance studios, choral and orchestral classrooms, an 800-seat concert hall, a multi-media technology lab, and a rooftop performance garden. All students major in Dance, Theatre, Film, Fine Art, Vocal or Instrumental Music. FSSA also offers a rigorous academic curriculum and holds one of the highest graduation and college enrollment rates for NYC public high schools. ETA continued beyond its commitment to FSSA to expand their support and, to date, ETA currently partners with 37 public high schools—in all five boroughs of New York City and Los Angeles with expansion plans to serve more schools underway. (To learn more about Exploring the Arts visit exploringthearts.org.)

Today Tony Bennett's artistry and accomplishments are applauded here at home and all over the world from people from 12- to 90-years old. On the occasion of Tony Bennett’s 85th birthday, former President Bill Clinton observed, “Now in his seventh decade of singing, Tony Bennett has somehow kept his unique voice, with its beauty and range, its strength and style, and still in perfect pitch. But as talented as he is, Tony's most impressive quality is his giving spirit!”

For more about Tony Bennett and to get a glimpse into the mind of his creative process take a look at the documentary film Zen of Bennett at zenofbennett.com.




Tony Bennett News

State Theatre New Jersey Presents THE NUTCRACKER With American Repertory Ballet Photo State Theatre New Jersey Presents THE NUTCRACKER With American Repertory Ballet
by Stephi Wild - Dec 6, 2022

State Theatre New Jersey presents The Nutcracker with American Repertory Ballet for five performances on Friday, December 16 at 7:30pm; Saturday, December 17 at 2pm and 7pm; and Sunday, December 18 at 1pm and 5pm. These are the only American Repertory Ballet performances featuring a live orchestra and choir.

SONGBOOK LIVE! to Present THE HOLIDAY SONGBOOK This Month Photo SONGBOOK LIVE! to Present THE HOLIDAY SONGBOOK This Month
by Blair Ingenthron - Dec 4, 2022

Songbook Live! will present The Holiday Songbook at Lakeshore Players Theatre this month. There will be two performances on Monday, December 12th and Tuesday, December 13th at 7:30pm.

Dave Stryker Organ Trio, Kurt Elling And More Coming Up At Birdland, December 6 - De Photo Dave Stryker Organ Trio, Kurt Elling And More Coming Up At Birdland, December 6 - December 18
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 2, 2022

Get all the details on all of the exciting jazz programming at Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater running December 6 through December 18.

Karen Mason to Present Holiday Concert CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS! at Birdland i Photo Karen Mason to Present Holiday Concert CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS! at Birdland in December
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 30, 2022

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present the return of Karen Mason with her concert “Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!” on Monday, December 19 at 7:00 PM. Mason’s legendary holiday show features unique interpretations of old and new seasonal classics.

News: WINTER RHYTHMS at Urban Stages Releases Full Lineup Photo News: WINTER RHYTHMS at Urban Stages Releases Full Lineup
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 27, 2022

URBAN STAGE's annual Winter Rhythms cabaret series has announced the full run-down of shows and acts to play in the 2022 season

Kurt Elling and Danilo Perez, Paloma, Frank Perowsky Orchestra, And More Coming Up A Photo Kurt Elling and Danilo Perez, Paloma, Frank Perowsky Orchestra, And More Coming Up At Birdland
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 25, 2022

Get details for all the jazz programming at Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater running November 29 through December 11. 

Photos: Jim Caruso Hosts A Jam-Packed CAST PARTY At Myron's At The Smith Center Photo Photos: Jim Caruso Hosts A Jam-Packed CAST PARTY At Myron's At The Smith Center
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 22, 2022

See photos from Jim Caruso’s Cast Party (with Billy Stritch at the piano)'s triumphant return to Las Vegas on Friday, November 18. The sold-out “extreme open mic” took place at Myron’s at The Smith Center, and featured a bevy of extraordinary Vegas musical talent.

Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso, and Billy Stritch to Star in 13th Annual SWINGING BIRDLA Photo Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso, and Billy Stritch to Star in 13th Annual SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 22, 2022

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present the 13th Annual “A Swinging Birdland Christmas” – starring vocalists Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso, and Billy Stritch – for six performances from Tuesday, December 20 to Sunday, December 25 at 5:30 PM.

Gene Pritsker's Sound Liberation Comes to the Bitter End Next Month Photo Gene Pritsker's Sound Liberation Comes to the Bitter End Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Nov 22, 2022

 On Tuesday, December 13th at 7pm, the eclectic chamber ensemble/band Sound Liberation takes the stage of the historic club The Bitter End to present a program of original compostions with a diverse range of musical genres.

Community Invited To Celebrate The Fox Cities P.A.C.'s 20th Anniversary Photo Community Invited To Celebrate The Fox Cities P.A.C.'s 20th Anniversary
by Stephi Wild - Nov 22, 2022

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on Friday, November 25, 2022. This anniversary marks 20 years since the Center opened its doors to the public, sharing multicultural live performing arts experiences with the Fox Cities communities.

Tony Bennett Videos

VIDEO: American Ballet Theatre Teases Summer Season at Metropolitan Opera House Videoplay
VIDEO: American Ballet Theatre Teases Summer Season at Metropolitan Opera House

by Stage Tube - Apr 26, 2022

American Ballet Theatre returns to the Metropolitan Opera House for the first time in three years for its Summer season, June 13–July 16, 2022.

VIDEO: Watch Lady Gaga Honor Tony Bennett at the GRAMMYs Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Lady Gaga Honor Tony Bennett at the GRAMMYs

by Michael Major - Apr 3, 2022

Lady Gaga took to the stage at the 2022 GRAMMY Awards to perform songs from, 'Love For Sale,' her second and final collaborative album with Tony Bennett. Watch Lady Gaga honor Bennett with a performance of 'Do I Love You?' now!

VIDEO: Lady Gaga Wants to Star on Broadway in Her Own Musical Videoplay
VIDEO: Lady Gaga Wants to Star on Broadway in Her Own Musical

by Michael Major - Dec 15, 2021

Lady Gaga revealed that she wants to star on Broadway in a musical that she has written. She explained her love of musicals and how it comes from her admiration of Elton John and his work in musical theatre. Lady Gaga also went on to reveal her love of Stephen Sondheim, Frank Loesser, and more.

VIDEO: Watch Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Perform 'Anything Goes' in ONE LAST TIME Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Perform 'Anything Goes' in ONE LAST TIME

by Michael Major - Nov 24, 2021

Last night, Stephen Colbert shared a clip fro, the upcoming One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, a new concert special honoring the musical legacy and enduring friendship of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Watch Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform 'Anything Goes', recorded live at Radio City Music Hall, now!

VIDEO: Watch Lady Gaga Perform 'Luck Be A Lady' in Upcoming ONE LAST TIME Special Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Lady Gaga Perform 'Luck Be A Lady' in Upcoming ONE LAST TIME Special

by Michael Major - Nov 23, 2021

CBS has released a new clip from the upcoming One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, a new concert special honoring the musical legacy and enduring friendship of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Watch Lady Gaga perform 'Luck Be A Lady' from Guys & Dolls now!

VIDEO: Jim Caruso Prepares For the Return of JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY to Birdland Videoplay
VIDEO: Jim Caruso Prepares For the Return of JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY to Birdland

by Stage Tube - Jul 3, 2021

The Cast Party will once again be held every Monday evening starting July 5 at 8:00 PM.  Caruso will move his popular virtual variety show 'Pajama Cast Party' to Wednesdays at 8:00 PM beginning July 7. Learn more about how to purchase tickets to the in-person shows here!

VIDEO: Watch Highlights From BENNETT & BABS as Part of Goodspeed By The River Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Highlights From BENNETT & BABS as Part of Goodspeed By The River

by Stage Tube - Jun 30, 2021

In an evening filled with classics like “The Way We Were”, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade”, you’ll also be enchanted by the stories behind the music. Song after song, hit after hit, Bennett & Babs is a love letter to the American Songbook.

VIDEO: Watch a Preview For Goodspeed Musicals' GOODSPEED BY THE RIVER Series Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch a Preview For Goodspeed Musicals' GOODSPEED BY THE RIVER Series

by Stage Tube - May 29, 2021

Beginning June 8, Goodspeed by the River returns bigger and better than ever. The summer-long series offers a variety of musical events under a big tent alongside the iconic Goodspeed Opera House.

VIDEO: Lady Gaga Performs the National Anthem at President Joe Biden's Inauguration Videoplay
VIDEO: Lady Gaga Performs the National Anthem at President Joe Biden's Inauguration

by Stage Tube - Jan 20, 2021

Lady Gaga honored America by performing the national anthem, 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' at the inauguration of Joe Biden earlier today.

VIDEO: Tony Bennett Performs 'Fly Me To The Moon' at Home Videoplay
VIDEO: Tony Bennett Performs 'Fly Me To The Moon' at Home

by Stage Tube - Jun 13, 2020

Tony Bennett recently performed the jazz standard “Fly Me To The Moon” while sheltering at home.


Tony Bennett Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Tony Bennett been in?
Tony Bennett has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Tony Bennett been in?
Tony Bennett has not appeared in the West End


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