|Tony Bennett Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||August 3, 1926|
|Date of Death||July 21, 2023|
Tony Bennett was an American singer who was widely renowned as one of the legendary practitioners of jazz and popular music. In a stellar career spanning more than 50 years, he had won 20 Grammy Awards and sold more than 50 million records globally. He was also an accomplished painter whose works have been on permanent public display in several institutions.
Anthony Dominick Benedetto
Tony, Joe Bari
He was born on August 3, 1926.
He died at the age of 96 on July 21, 2023, in New York City, U.S.
Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York, United States
New York City, New York, United States
Tony had attended the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan, New York City, where he had studied painting and music. He had dropped out at the age of 16.
- Father – Giovanni ‘John’ Benedetto (Grocer) (d. 1936)
- Mother – Anna Maria Benedetto (née Suraci) (Seamstress)
- Siblings – John Benedetto Jr. (Older Brother), Mary Benedetto (Older Sister)
- Others – Giovanni Battista Benedetto (Paternal Grandfather), Maria Suraci (Paternal Grandmother), Antonio Suraci (Maternal Grandfather), Vincenza Suraci (Maternal Grandmother), Dayl Crow (Father-in-Law), Marion Crow (Mother-in-Law), Ronen Helmann (Son-in-Law)
Traditional Pop, Show Tunes, Swing, Jazz, Easy Listening
- Columbia Records
- MGM Records
- Legacy Recordings
- Verve Records
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
76 kg or 167.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Tony had dated –
- Tura Satana
- Betty Kelly
- Patricia Beech (1952–1971) – Tony had married Patricia Beech on February 12, 1952. They had 2 sons together named Danny Bennett (b. 1954) (TV Producer) and Dae Bennett (b. 1955) (Audio Engineer). They had parted ways in 1971.
- Sandra Grant (1971–1984) – Tony got married to actress Sandra Grant on December 29, 1971. They had 2 daughters together named Antonia Bennett (b. April 7, 1974) (Singer) and Joanna Bennett (Actress). They got divorced in 1984.
- Kathy Simmons (1984)
- Susan Crow (1987-2023) – He had started dating teacher and talent manager Susan Crow in 1987 and they eventually got married on June 21, 2007. The relationship ended all of a sudden due to Tony’s death in July 2023.
Race / Ethnicity
He was of Italian descent.
- Mildly stocky frame
- Short-cropped hair
- Often sported a mustache
- Puffy face
- Affable smile
In the past, Tony was featured in a commercial for Barnes & Noble.
Tony Bennett Facts
- Tony’s ailing father was unable to work in his later years and had passed away when Tony was just 10 years old. Consequently, he had started singing for money from the age of 13 and would work as a waiter and singer at several Italian restaurants in and around the area of Queens.
- He had served in the US Army in the later stages of World War II, until April 1945. He was also involved in a mission that led to the liberation of a Nazi concentration camp in Landsberg, Germany. After the war, he had joined the Army military band and used to sing under the stage name ‘Joe Bari’.
- He suffered a near-fatal cocaine overdose in 1979.
- Tony was also a painter. His paintings had been featured in ARTnews and several other magazines. In 1996, his work was published in the art book Tony Bennett: What My Heart Has Seen.
- In 1997, Tony was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.
- In 2001, he had founded The Frank Sinatra High School of Performing Arts in Queens, New York City, in honor of the iconic musician and his long-time friend Frank Sinatra.
- During the 2001 Grammy Awards, he was honored with the “Lifetime Achievement Award”.
- In 2002, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers honored him with the “Lifetime Achievement Award”.
- In 2002, his name was included in Q magazine‘s “50 Bands To See Before You Die” list.
- In December 2005, he was the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor.
- He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street.
- In 2006, Tony received the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Humanitarian Award.
- Bennett was honored with the “National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award” in 2006. It is the highest honor that the United States bestows upon jazz musicians.
- In the past, he released a memoir titled Life is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett.
- In 2006, Tony was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
- In September 2011, when his album Duets II had topped the ‘Billboard 200’ chart, he had become the oldest living musician in history to have scaled that peak position. Exactly 3 years later, aged 88, he had broken his own record when his duet album with Lady Gaga, titled Cheek to Cheek, had debuted at number 1.
- In 2016, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
- In August 2016, an 8-foot tall statue in his likeness was unveiled in front of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.
- In August 2021, Tony and Lady Gaga released a new song titled I Get a Kick Out of You. The duo later released the title track from their album, Love For Sale in September 2021. Later that month, the duo released the album, Love For Sale.
- In August 2021, Tony announced his retirement from concerts.
- Tony and Susan Crow were the founders of the charitable organization, Exploring the Arts.
Featured Image by Tony Bennett / Instagram