He fought in World War II and has delighted audiences for over 70 years, as an artist, Bennett never got stuck in time, and throughout his career he always appreciated new artists and genres, which contributed for his intact popularity to this day.
The living legend of music Tony Bennett turns 95
One of the last surviving living legends of the golden crooning and jazz era, Tony Bennett was born Anthony Dominick Benedetto in New York City on August 3, 1926. Bennett began singing at an early age and still fought in the final stages of World War II as a U.S. Army infantryman in Europe. After the war he begun his professional career as a singer, and after being signed to Colombia Records he scored his first No.1 in 1951 with “Because of You”. Throughout the 1950’s he released several hit songs and gained popularity worldwide as one of the biggest music stars of that era with songs such as “Rags to Riches”. During that period he started to engage into Jazz with albums like “The Beat of My Heart” and “Basie Swings, Bennett Sings”. In 1962 he released what would become his signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”. But due to the increasing popularity of Rock music during the 1960’s, Bennett’s career suffered a extended downturn, despite continuing to release new albums and songs. It was in the early 1990’s that surprisingly his music had a strong resurgence, supported by many of the Alternative Rock artists at the time who praised Bennett and performed alongside the legend, unexpectedly, Bennett started to reach a younger audience who had never heard his music or even about him. As an artist, Bennett never got stuck in time, and throughout his career he always appreciated new artists and genres, which contributed for his intact popularity to this day. By releasing the album “Duets” in 2006 he once again reached for newer generations by performing together his songs with both classic artists and new artists, and in 2011 he released “Duets II”, one of his best selling albums where he sings together with Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson but also contemporary singers including Amy Winehouse, Queen Latifah and Lady Gaga. Despite turning 95, Tony Bennett hasn’t yet thought of retiring, he continues as prolific as ever and also outspoken, when in 2012, in the wake of the premature deaths of Winehouse and Whitney Houston which he admired, he called for the legalization of drugs. His latest album “Love Is Here to Stay” with contemporary Jazz artist Diana Krall, was released in 2018.
Watch Tony Bennett performing “Body and Soul” with Amy Winehouse
Look back at Tony Bennett performing his signature song “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” in 1963 with Judy Garland at her TV show
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