On This Day

Tony Bennett

Singer Tony Bennett
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Full Name: Anthony Dominick Benedetto
Profession: Singer

United States of America

Biography: With over 50 million records sold, Bennett recorded his signature song "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" in 1962.

Despite experiencing a career downturn at the height of rock music, Bennett reached a new audience in the 1980s and 1990s.

Born: August 3, 1926
Birthplace: Queens, New York, USA
Age: 95 years old

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Leo

Married Life

  • 1952-02-12 American singer Tony Bennett (25) weds art student Patricia Beech, at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, New York; separate in 1965, divorce in 1971
  • 1971-12-29 American singer Tony Bennett (45) weds actress Sandra Grant in Manhattan, New York; divorce in 1983
  • 2007-06-01 Legendary crooner Tony Bennett (80) weds his longtime girlfriend Susan Crow (47) in New York City

Historical Events

  • 1962-06-09 Singer Tony Bennett makes his Carnegie Hall concert debut, NYC
  • 1962-10-01 Johnny Carson hosts his 1st "The Tonight Show" on NBC; guests include Rudy VallĂ©e, Tony Bennett, Mel Brooks and Joan Crawford
  • 1994-04-15 Jazz singer Tony Bennett records a session for "MTV's Unplugged" series at Sony Studios, NYC, featuring the Ralph Sharon trio, and guest appearances by Elvis Costello, and k.d.lang; album release wins 2 Grammy Awards
  • 1996-02-14 "Live by Request" debuts on the A&E Network, based on singer Tony Bennett's idea, the set list was determined by viewer phone calls; Bennett starred in the first episode, wins an Emmy Award (Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program)
  • 1998-06-26 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Primal Scream, Blur, and Pulp headline; other performers include Bob Dylan, Tony Bennett, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Tori Amos, The Foo Fighters, and Hothouse Flowers
  • 1999-04-17 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Don Henley, Ricky Martin and Charles Aznavour
  • 2008-07-18 Billy Joel performs last of two concerts dubbed "The Last Play at Shea"; the final concert event before demolition of the 1964 baseball stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens, NYC; featured guests include Roger Daltrey, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, and Paul McCartney
  • 2014-09-19 Columbia Records releases "Cheek To Cheek", a duet album of jazz standards by singers Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga; debuts at #1 on Billboard 200, Jazz Albums, and Traditional Jazz Albums charts.
  • 2021-08-03 Singer Tony Bennett celebrates his 95th birthday with Lady Gaga in the first of 2 "farewell" performances at Radio City Music Hall, NYC

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