Tony Bennett

Born Aug 3, 1926

Anthony Dominick Benedetto, better known as Tony Bennett, is an Italian-American singer of popular music, standards, show tunes, and jazz. Bennett is also a serious and accomplished 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 New York City. Raised in New York City, Bennett began singing at an early age.… Read More

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1926 Birth Born on August 3, 1926.


1945 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Processed through the huge Le Havre replacement depot, in January 1945, he was assigned as a replacement infantryman to the 255th Infantry Regiment of the 63rd Infantry Division, a unit filling in for the heavy losses suffered in the Battle of the Bulge. … Read More


1949 - 1950 2 More Events
1952 25 Years Old On February 12, 1952, Bennett married Ohio art student and jazz fan Patricia Beech, whom he had met the previous year after a nightclub performance in Cleveland. … Read More
1954 27 Years Old In 1954, the guitarist Chuck Wayne became Bennett's musical director.
1955 28 Years Old Bennett released his first long-playing album in 1955, Cloud 7. … Read More


1957 30 Years Old In 1957, Ralph Sharon became Bennett's pianist, arranger, and musical director, replacing Wayne. … Read More
In June 1962, Bennett staged a highly promoted concert performance at Carnegie Hall, using a stellar line-up of musicians including Al Cohn, Kenny Burrell, and Candido, as well as the Ralph Sharon Trio. … Read More
The next year brought the Beatles and the British Invasion, and with them still more musical and cultural attention to rock and less to pop, standards, and jazz. Over the next couple of years, Bennett had minor hits with several albums and singles based on show tunes; his last top-40 single was the number 34 "If I Ruled the World" from Pickwick in 1965, but his commercial fortunes were clearly starting to decline.
1966 39 Years Old An attempt to break into acting with a role in the poorly received 1966 film The Oscar met with middling reviews for Bennett; he did not enjoy the experience and did not seek further roles.


1969 42 Years Old …  In 1969, Patricia sued him for divorce on grounds of adultery. In 1971, their divorce became official.


1977 50 Years Old Taking matters into his own hands, Bennett started his own record company, Improv. He cut some songs that would later become favorites, such as "What is This Thing Called Love?", and made two well-regarded albums with jazz pianist Bill Evans, The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album (1975) and Together Again (1976), but Improv lacked a distribution arrangement with a major label and by 1977, it was out of business. … Read More
1979 52 Years Old After a near-fatal cocaine overdose in 1979, Bennett called his sons Danny and Dae for help. "Look, I'm lost here," he told them. "It seems like people don't want to hear the music I make." … Read More
1986 59 Years Old By 1986, Tony Bennett was re-signed to Columbia Records, this time with creative control, and released The Art of Excellence. … Read More


1993 - 2005 8 More Events
2006 79 Years Old 1 More Event
In August 2006, Bennett turned eighty years old. … Read More
2007 - 2009 3 More Events
2010 83 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2010, Bennett was one of over 70 artists singing on "We Are the World 25 for Haiti", a charity single in aid of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
In September 2011, Bennett appeared on The Howard Stern Show and named American military actions in the Middle East as the root cause of the September 11 attacks.
In the wake of the premature deaths of Winehouse and Whitney Houston, Bennett called for the legalization of drugs in February 2012.
2014 87 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 2014, Bennett performed for the first time in Israel, with his jazz quartet at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv, receiving a standing ovation. … Read More
On September 25, 2015, he released an album composed by Jerome Kern, featuring Bill Charlap on piano, called The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern.
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