Tony Bennett

Singer / Songwriter

Born: 3 August 1926
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Best known as: The crooner who did "I Left My Heart in San Francisco"

Name at birth: Anthony Dominick Benedetto

Tony Bennett is an American pop singer, a "crooner" who made his name in the 1950s who's best known for his 1962 signature tune, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." His first hit was 1951's "Because of You." After several singles in the 1950s he turned to a more jazz-oriented style of singing, and during the 1960s and '70s he recorded with several jazz greats, including Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Bill Evans. With the popularity of rock music in the same period, his career suffered. But Bennett bounced back in the 1990s, rediscovered as a master stylist somewhere between Perry Como and Frank Sinatra. His 1994 MTV Unplugged appearance won him a new audience, and the recording of it won a Grammy for album of the year. One of the most celebrated American singers of the last half century, he's won more than a dozen Grammys during his career, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

Extra credit:

Bennett says he got his stage name from Bob Hope.

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