Anthony Dominick Bennetto, also known as Tony Bennett was born in the New York City Neighborhood of Astoria in New York on August 3, 1926. Tony grew up in a poor family during the Depression. While in high school, Bennett started working as a singing waiter. After high school, Bennett joined the army and eventually took advantage of the G.I. Bill so he could study singing and acting at the American Theatre Wing.
Pearl Bailey discovered Bennett in Greenwich Village in 1949, changed Tony’s name, and took him on the road. In 1997, Bennett said in an interview with Billboard that he had “been on the road ever since.” Beyond the music, Bennett has released many different books as well as a documentary entitled The Zen of Bennett. Most recently, he has released a Latin album called Viva Duets where he sang with talents like Marc Athony and Gloria Estefan and is on tour promoting it now.
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