From rags to riches! Tony Bennett has had a protracted and profitable profession as a jazz artist – however the “Due to You” singer began out with humble beginnings.
The 19-time Grammy award winner (actual identify Anthony Dominick Benedetto) was born in Queens, New York in 1926 to a low-income household. His father, Giovanni “John” Benedetto, was a grocer and his mom, Anna Maria Suraci, was a seamstress. The Nice Despair hit the household onerous as John’s well being declined. He died by the point Bennett was 10 years previous.
The New York native started singing from a younger age and would observe whereas ready tables with the intention to assist his household financially. “I began once I was about 6. I by no means met an Italian descent household in America that isn’t musical,” Bennett stated in an interview with Jazz Skilled in 1966.
The “I Left My Coronary heart in San Francisco” artist had his large break in 1949 when vaudeville singer Pearl Bailey invited him to open for her live performance sequence in Greenwich Village. Entertainer Bob Hope attended one of many performances and provided Bennett a spot in his present on the Paramount Theater. On the time, Bennett was going by the stage identify Joe Bari and it was Hope that steered he change it to Tony Bennett.
One 12 months later, the crooner signed with Columbia Information and launched chart-topping songs together with “Due to You” and “Blue Velvet.”. He received his first Grammy in 1962 for his recording of “I Left My Coronary heart in San Francisco” and would proceed to gather a complete of 19 wins with 41 nominations.
Bennett stayed within the highlight all through the many years by gaining reputation with a youthful viewers, at the same time as pop music started to shift and alter within the ‘90s. His 1994 look on MTV Unplugged resulted in a platinum album and a Grammy win for Album of the Yr.
Bennett continued to attain nice success and recognition all through the 2000s, together with being honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 and receiving the Kennedy Heart Honors Award 4 years later. It was in 2011 that he started a close-knit friendship with Woman Gaga, who would develop into a frequent collaborator over the subsequent decade.
Bennett and the “Simply Dance” artist launched the Grammy-winning album Cheek to Cheek in 2014, whereas additionally incomes Bennett – who was 88 on the time – a Guinness World File for “oldest particular person to achieve No. 1 on the U.S. Album Chart with a newly recorded album.” The duo additionally launched a live performance particular, Tony Bennett and Woman Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Stay!, in celebration of the file’s reputation. Bennett’s last album was launched September 2021, and it was one other collaborative effort with Gaga, this one entitled Love For Sale.
One month prior, Bennett introduced his retirement amid his Alzheimer’s prognosis. His last stay and recorded performances with the “Shallow” artist have been was the TV particular, One Final Time: An Night with Tony Bennett and Woman Gaga, which debuted in November that 12 months.
All through the “Love For Sale” singer’s huge profession success, he’s additionally discovered love quite a few occasions. Bennett married his first spouse, Patricia Beech, in 1952 and collectively welcomed two sons, Danny and Dae, earlier than finalizing their divorce in 1971. Bennett welcomed his first daughter, Joanna, in 1970, along with his second spouse, Sandra Grant, whom he wed after his divorce from Beech. The couple went on to have one other daughter, Antonia. The duo separated in 2007, and Bennett married his third spouse, Susan Crow, that very same 12 months.
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