Tony Bennett (US jazz/standards vocalist)

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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 the early 1950s. 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 his 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 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. He has sold over 50 million records worldwide.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Take My Hand Tony Bennett 1
2005 A Life in Song Tony Bennett 1
2005 Solitare Tony Bennett 1
2006 Sings for Lovers Tony Bennett 1
2006 Here's Tony Bennett Tony Bennett 1
2006 Tony Bennett's Greatest Hits of the 60's Tony Bennett 1
2007 Collections Tony Bennett 1
2007 Sings the Ultimate American Songbook, Volume 1 Tony Bennett 2
2008 Through the Years Tony Bennett 1
2008 Playlist: The Very Best of Tony Bennett Tony Bennett 1
2011 The Classic Christmas Album Tony Bennett 1
2011 All Time Greatest Hits Tony Bennett 1
2011 The Complete Collection Tony Bennett 1
2012 Coleção Folha grandes vozes, Volume 8: Tony Bennett Tony Bennett 1
2013 The Great American Songbook Tony Bennett 1
2013 As Time Goes By: Great American Songbook Classics Tony Bennett 1
2014 The Classics Tony Bennett 2
All About Tony Bennett - I Left My Heart In San Francisco Tony Bennett 1
All the Best Tony Bennett 1
Bennett and Basie Tony Bennett 1
Dean Martin & Tony Bennett Dean Martin & Tony Bennett 1
Listener's Choice Tony Bennett 1
The Best of Count Basie Count Basie feat. Tony Bennett 1
The Bravo Card Collection Tony Bennett 1
The Crooners Tony Bennett 1
Tony Bennett - 14 Special Hits Tony Bennett 1
Tony Bennett Swings Tony Bennett 1
Tony Bennett: His Greatest Hits and Finest Performances Tony Bennett 1
Tony Bennett's All-Time Greatest Hits Tony Bennett 1
When I Fall in Love Tony Bennett 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1959 In Person! Tony Bennett with Count Basie & His Orchestra 2
1990 Tony Bennett in Concert With Count Basie Tony Bennett 1
1994 MTV Unplugged Tony Bennett 4
1997 At Carnegie Hall: The Complete Concert Tony Bennett 1
2001 Our Favorite Things: Christmas in Vienna Tony Bennett, Charlotte Church, Plácido Domingo & Vanessa Williams 5 1
2013 The White House Sessions, Live 1962 Brubeck / Bennett 1
2015 Cheek to Cheek - Live! Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga 1
Guard Sessions Tony Bennett & The Gene Krupa Quartet 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1951 Blue Velvet / Solitaire Tony Bennett 2
1951 I Won't Cry Anymore / Because of You Tony Bennett 1
1951 While We're Young / Cold, Cold Heart Tony Bennett with Percy Faith & his Orchestra 1
1953 Rags to Riches / Here Comes That Heartache Again Tony Bennett with Percy Faith and His Orchestra 2
1953 Stranger in Paradise / Why Does It Have to Be Me? Tony Bennett with Percy Faith & His Orchestra & Chorus 1
1953 Until Yesterday (Non È La Pioggia) / Please Driver (Once Around the Park Again) Tony Bennett with Percy Faith and his Orchestra 1
1954 My Heart Won't Say Good-Bye / There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight Tony Bennett with Percy Faith & his Orchestra 1
1954 Funny Thing / My Pretty Shoo-Gah Tony Bennett with Percy Faith & his Orchestra 1
1954 Madonna, Madonna / Not as a Stranger Tony Bennett with Percy Faith & his Orchestra 1
1957 In the Middle of an Island / I Am Tony Bennett 1
1962 I Wanna Be Around / I Will Live My Life for You Tony Bennett 2
1965 (I Left My Heart) In San Francisco Tony Bennett 1
1975 As Time Goes By / Bridges Tony Bennett 1
1975 Life Is Beautiful / There'll Be Some Changes Made Tony Bennett 1
2011 Body and Soul Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse 1
2012 For Once in My Life Tony Bennett & Marc Anthony 1
2014 Anything Goes Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga 1
2014 I Can’t Give You Anything But Love Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga 1
2014 Winter Wonderland Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Get Happy With The London Philharmonic Orchestra Tony Bennett With London Philharmonic Orchestra 1

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