About Tony Bennett
With a career that’s spanned eight decades, singer Tony Bennett is one of the most successful jazz, big band, and pop standards artists of all time.
∙ The Percy Faith-produced “Because of You” and a cover of the Hank Williams track “Cold, Cold Heart” were two of Bennett’s No. 1 Pop chart hits in the early 1950s.
∙ His 1962 signature song, “(I Left My Heart) In San Francisco,” is an official anthem of the Bay Area city and became part of the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2018.
∙ Younger generations discovered his music via 1994’s MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett, which featured Elvis Costello and k.d. lang and won an Album of the Year Grammy.
∙ He’s won two Emmy Awards, including one for 1996’s fan-driven Live By Request concert special—an idea he had that soon turned into a successful TV series featuring other superstars.
∙ Bennett is the oldest living artist to have a No. 1 album—he was 88 when the Lady Gaga collaboration Cheek to Cheek topped the charts in 2014.
∙ In addition to winning 19 Grammys (including a Lifetime Achievement Award), he’s a Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame inductee, an NEA Jazz Master recipient, and Kennedy Center Honoree.
HOMETOWNNew York, NY
BORN03 August 1926