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TONY BENNETT Brief Biography


Tony Bennett was born Anthony Dominick Benedetto on August 3rd, 1926, in Astoria, Queens in New York City, and is one of the most respected singers in the history of popular music.

Respected for his humanitarian values, as much as his vocal talents, Tony Bennett has recorded pop classics such as 'Stranger In Paradise', 'The Good Life', 'If I Ruled The World', and, of course, 'I Left My Heart In San Francisco'.

Bennett survived World War II, as an infrantyman, and, reflecting on his experiences, once said: "Anybody who thinks that war is romantic obviously hasn't gone through one." Tony Bennett has been a long-time supporter of the American Civil Rights movement, and participated in the legendary Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965. He also refused to sing in South Africa during the apartheid era.

Though being most famous as a singer, Tony Bennett is an accomplished painter, and his work has been widely exhibited. Tony Bennett's music has also attracted a young and enthusiastic audience in the last 20 years, and, in both his art and his music, his enthusiasm shows no sign of waning.

- Paul Rance/

Tony Bennett Albums Discography

1952 Because Of You
1955 Cloud 7
1955 Alone At Last With Tony Bennett
1957 Tony
1957 The Beat Of My Heart
1958 Blue Velvet
1958 Long Ago And Far Away
1958 A String Of Hits (Tony's Greatests Hits) (Compilation)
1959 In Person! With Count Basie And His Orchestra
1959 Hometown, My Town
1960 To My Wonderful One
1960 Alone Together
1960 A String Of Hits (More Of Tony's Greatests Hits)
1961 A String Of Harold Arlen
1961 Tony Sings For Two
1961 My Heart Sings
1962 Mr. Broadway: Tony Bennett's Greatest Broadway Hits
1962 I Left My Heart In San Francisco
1962 Tony Bennett At Carnegie Hall (Live)
1963 I Wanna Be Around
1963 This Is All I Ask
1964 The Many Moods Of Tony
1964 When Lights Are Low
1964 Who Can I Turn To
1965 If I Ruled The World
1965 Tony Bennett's Greatest Hits, Vol. III (Compilation)
1966 The Movie Song Album
1966 A Time For Love
1967 Tony Makes It Happen
1967 For Once In My Life
1968 Yesterday I Heard The Rain
1968 Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album
1969 Tony Bennett's Greatest Hits, Vol. IV (Compilation)
1969 I've Gotta Be Me
1969 Love Story: 20 All-Time Great Recordings
1970 Tony Sings The Great Hits Of Today
1970 Tony Bennett's Something
1970 Tony Bennett Sings His All-Time Hall Of Fame Hits
1971 Love Story
1971 The Very Thought Of You
1971 Get Happy With The London Philharmonic Orchestra
1972 The Summer Of '42
1972 With Love
1972 Tony Bennett's All-Time Greatest Hits (Compilation)
1972 The Good Things In Life MGM/Verve/Philips
1973 Listen Easy MGM/Verve/Philips
1973 Tony!
1973 Sunrise, Sunset
1975 Let's Fall In Love With The Songs Of Harold Arlen And Cy Coleman
1986 The Art Of Excellence
1987 Tony Bennett: Jazz
1987 Bennett/Berlin
1989 Astoria: Portrait Of The Artist
1991 Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett (Compilation)
1992 Perfectly Frank
1993 Steppin' Out
1994 MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett (Live)
1995 Here's To The Ladies
1997 Tony Bennett On Holiday
1998 Tony Bennett: The Playground
1999 Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool
2000 The Ultimate Tony Bennett (Compilation)
2001 Playing With My Friends: Bennett Sings The Blues
2002 The Essential Tony Bennett
2002 A Wonderful World
2004 The Art Of Romance
2006 Duets: An American Classic

1973 Tony Bennett Sings 10 Rodgers And Hart Songs (All Improv records reissued on Concord, 2003 - )
1973 Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers And Hart
1975 Life Is Beautiful
1975 The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album Fantasy
1977 Tony Bennett And Bill Evans Together Again
1977 Tony Bennett With The McPartlands And Friends Make Magnificent Music (Live)
1979 The Special Magic Of Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett DVDs

Tony Bennett - Live By Request DVD
Tony Bennett - Live By Request

Tony Bennett - Live In Concert

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