Tony Bennett's Interesting Facts

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1 His favorite movie is The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).
2 Sting ("The Boulevard of Broken Dreams"), Bono ("I Wanna Be Around"), Juanes ("The Shadow of Your Smile"), Lady Gaga ("The Lady is a Tramp"), Elton John ("Rags to Riches"), Billy Joel ("The Good Life"), Stevie Wonder ("For Once in My Life"), Michael Bublé ("Just in Time"), Josh Groban ("This is All I Ask"), Céline Dion ("If I Ruled the World"), Mariah Carey ("When Do the Bells Ring for Me"), k.d. lang ("Blue Velvet"), Christina Aguilera ("Steppin' Out With My Baby"), Diana Krall ("I've Got the World On a String"), Elvis Costello ("Are You Havin' Any Fun?"), Andrea Bocelli ("Stranger in Paradise"), James Taylor ("Put On a Happy Face"), Norah Jones ("Speak Low"), Aretha Franklin ("How Do You Keep the Music Playing?"), Natalie Cole ("Watch What Happens"), Queen Latifah ("Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me")), Amy Winehouse ("Body and Soul"), Willie Nelson ("On the Sunny Side of the Street"), Alejandro Sanz ("Yesterday I Heard the Rain"), Dixie Chicks ("Lullaby of Broadway"), John Legend ("Sing You Sinners"), Carrie Underwood ("It Had to Be You"), Faith Hill ("The Way You Look Tonight"), Sheryl Crow ("The Girl I Love"),- Tim McGraw ("Cold, Cold Heart"), etc.
3 Tony's duet with wunderkind Jackie Evancho on "When You Wish Upon a Star" marked a unique collaboration, considering the age gap between both artists was over 73 years.
4 Englewood, New Jersey [November 2010]
5 When Tony recorded "Body and Soul" with Amy Winehouse for his "Duets II" album, it would mark Amy's final recording before her untimely death. The age gap between both artists was just over 57 years.
6 Father, with Patricia Beech, of son Danny Bennett, who is also Tony's manager.
7 With his 15th and 16th wins at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (with Amy Winehouse) for "Body and Soul" and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for "Duets II", Bennett captured the record for the longest Grammy participation span of 49 years between wins (Staples Center Los Angeles / 12 February 2012).
8 Bennett's Belvedere (California) mansion (9500 sq.ft / 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 7-car parking) went on sale for the asking price of $27.5 million.
9 Signs his paintings/portraits simply - Benedetto - his birth name.
10 When 85-year-old Bennett's album "Duets II" topped the Billboard 200 chart (Sep. 2011), he became the oldest living artist in history to capture the peak position. The record had previously been held by Bob Dylan, whose "Together Through Life" (2009) debuted at #1 when Dylan was 67. In September 2014 Bennett broke his own record at age 88 when his duet album "Cheek to Cheek" with Lady Gaga also debuted at number one.
11 His chance to perform at the Triborough Bridge opening in 1936 was arranged by his uncle Frank, the Queens Borough library commissioner. There he stood next to and received pats on the head from legendary Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.
12 He was inducted into the 2011 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Arts and Entertainment Industry.
13 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1560 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
14 Sang "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" at the celebrations for the inauguration of Nancy Pelosi as first female Speaker of the House of Representatives. (4 January 2007).
15 Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and his wife, Matilda Cuomo, were witnesses to the civil ceremony between Tony & Susan Crow.
16 Founded, with his wife Susan Crow, the charitable organization "Exploring the Arts".
17 His daughter Antonia Bennett has sung alongside her father since the age of four.
18 Despite his hit ballad song, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco," he was actually born in New York.
19 Recipient of the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors. Other recipients were Robert Redford, Tina Turner, Suzanne Farrell, and Julie Harris.
20 He is an accomplished painter with an art studio in New York City, USA.
21 Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1997.
22 Has founded The Frank Sinatra High School of Performing Arts in Queens, New York. Named after his long-time friend Frank Sinatra.
23 Received the Pied Piper lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. [May 2002]
24 Bob Hope suggested Tony change his stage name from "Joe Bari" to "Tony Bennett."
25 Was a close friend of Frank Sinatra.
26 Well known for hit ballads like "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" (a come back hit released in 1962), and "Rags to Riches" (released in 1954).
Sources:
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