Bennett, Tony, 1926-

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Anthony Dominick Benedetto (born August 3, 1926), known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz. He is also a painter, having created works under the name Anthony Benedetto that are on permanent public display in several institutions. He is the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, New York. Born and raised in Astoria to an Italian-American family, Bennett began singing at an early age. He fought in the final stages of World War II as a U.S. Army infantryman in the European Theater. Afterward, he developed his singing technique, signed with Columbia Records and had his first number-one popular song with "Because of You" in 1951. Several top hits such as "Rags to Riches" followed in early 1953. He then refined his approach to encompass jazz singing. He reached an artistic peak in the late 1950s with albums such as The Beat of My Heart and Basie Swings, Bennett Sings. In 1962, Bennett recorded his signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco". His career and personal life experienced an extended downturn during the height of the rock music era. Bennett staged a comeback in the late 1980s and 1990s, putting out gold record albums again and expanding his reach to the MTV generation while keeping his musical style intact. He remains a popular and critically praised recording artist and concert performer to date. He has won 19 Grammy Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented in 2001) and two Emmy Awards, and was named an NEA Jazz Master and a Kennedy Center Honoree. Bennett has sold over 50 million records worldwide.
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creatorOf Bennett, Tony, 1926-.... Are you havin' any fun ? [Multimédia multisupport] / Bennett, chant. ; Basie, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Bennett, Tony, 1926-.... Poor little rich girl [Multimédia multisupport] / Bennett, chant. ; Basie, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Bennett, Tony, 1926-.... Chicago [Multimédia multisupport] / Bennett, chant. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Bennett, Tony, 1926-.... With plenty of money and you [Multimédia multisupport] / Bennett, chant. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Bennett, Tony, 1926-.... I guess I'll have to change my plan [Multimédia multisupport] / Bennett, chant. ; Count Basie, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Rome, Harold, 1908-1993. The Harold Rome papers, 1873-1988 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Bennett, Tony, 1926-.... Jeepers Creepers [Multimédia multisupport] / Bennett, chant. ; Basie, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn The Harold Rome Papers, 1873-1988 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Teo Macero collection, 1949-1992, 1958-1975 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
referencedIn American Vaudeville Museum collection, 1845-2007, (bulk 1910-1940) University of Arizona Libraries, Library Special Collections
creatorOf Bennett, Tony, 1926-.... Poor little rich girl [Multimédia multisupport] / Bennett, chant. ; Basie, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Gypsy Rose Lee papers, 1910-1970 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Duke Ellington recordings collection Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Bennett, Tony, 1926-.... Are you havin' any fun ? [Multimédia multisupport] / Bennett, chant. ; Basie, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Southern Folklife Collection Artist Name File, 1940-2005 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
creatorOf Bennett, Tony, 1926-.... I guess I'll have to change my plan [Multimédia multisupport] / Bennett, chant. ; Count Basie, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1850-2020 (inclusive), 1936-2008 (bulk) Houghton Library
creatorOf Bennett, Tony, 1926-.... Growing pains [Multimédia multisupport] / Bennett, chant. ; Basie, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Bennett, Tony, 1926-.... With plenty of money and you [Multimédia multisupport] / Bennett, chant. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Bennett, Tony, 1926-.... Growing pains [Multimédia multisupport] / Bennett, chant. ; Basie, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Tony Bennett collection, [ca. 1980-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
referencedIn Abe Burrows collection of sound recordings [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Bennett, Tony, 1926-.... Jeepers Creepers [Multimédia multisupport] / Bennett, chant. ; Basie, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Bennett, Tony, 1926-.... Anything goes [Multimédia multisupport] / Bennett, chant. ; Basie, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Bigelow, Betty Anne, 1916-1992. Betty Anne Bigelow collection, 1916-1969. Historical Society of Washington, Dc
creatorOf Bennett, Tony, 1926-.... Anything goes [Multimédia multisupport] / Bennett, chant. ; Basie, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
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referencedIn Official Military Personnel File for Anthony Dominick Benedetto. 1944-1946 National Archives at St. Louis
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associatedWith American Museum of Vaudeville corporateBody
associatedWith Bigelow, Betty Anne, 1916-1992. person
associatedWith Burrows, Abe, 1910-1985 person
associatedWith Cullen, Frank, 1936- person
associatedWith Dodge, Joseph Jeffers person
associatedWith Harold Rome person
associatedWith Lee, Gypsy Rose, 1914-1970 person
associatedWith Macero, Teo, 1925-2008 person
associatedWith McNeilly, Donald, 1945- person
associatedWith Rome, Harold, 1908-1993. person
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
memberOf United States. Army corporateBody
associatedWith Vidal, Gore, 1925- person
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Astoria NY US
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Painters (artists)
Singers
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Birth 1926-08-03

Active 1945

Male

Americans

English

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