When it comes to popular American music, only Mr. Tony Bennett has achieved having continuously recorded at such a high level of performance across the span of so many decades. With sales of ten million records in the past decade alone, his popularity remains, as he continues to exude excellent showmanship in his work. After all, what other 89-year-old could keep up with Lady Gaga? Check out their performance of the title track of their new album “Cheek To Cheek” at the 57th Annual Grammy’s:
Born Anthony Dominick Benedetto on August 3, 1926, and raised by his mother after losing his father when he was just 10 years old, his love for music developed as he listened to such greats as Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, and James Durante.
He began singing in nightclubs in 1946, but got his big break when comedian Bob Hope discovered him in New York City working with Pearl Bailey in 1949. Hope deemed him “Tony Bennett” and the rest is music history.
Bennett’s popularity grew as he released a number of hit singles in the early 1950’s, with a total of 24 songs making the Top 40, including his signature song, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” for which he won two Grammy’s. He is among a short list of music artists to have released new albums in every decade from the 1950’s through present-day 21st Century that have all made the charts.
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