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Tony Bennett
Born Anthony Dominick Benedetto in Queens, New York. His first hit, "Because of You," topped the charts in September 1951, succeeded at number one by his cover of Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart." Following another five chart entries over the next two years, he returned to number one in November 1953 with "Rags to Riches." In 1962, Bennett introduced "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," a ballad written by two unknown songwriters, George Cory and Douglass Cross, who had pitched it to his pianist, Ralph Sharon. Released as a single by Columbia, the song took time to catch on, and although it peaked only in the Top 20, it remained on the national charts for many months. It became Bennett's signature song, pushed his career to a higher level and won him Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Solo Vocal Performance. In the mid-'80s, there was a growing appreciation of traditional pop music, and by the early '90s, he was as popular as he had ever been. The albums Perfectly Frank (1992, a tribute to Frank Sinatra) and Steppin' Out (1993, a tribute to Fred Astaire) went gold and won Bennett back-to-back Grammys for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance. A successful MTV Unplugged album brought his music to even a wider audience, with k.d. lang and Elvis Costello featured on duets. In a natural culmination of the collaboration with lang first heard on Unplugged, the two artists released a full-length album A Wonderful World in 2002. Mr. Bennett is pictured here April 22nd, 2004 at Mystic Lake in Shakopee, MN.

selected discography:
A Wonderful World (2002)
The Essential Tony Bennett (2002)
Playing With My Friends: Bennett Sings The Blues (2001)
This Is Jazz #33-Tony Bennett (1998)
Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett (1997)
MTV Unplugged (1994)
Steppin' Out (1993)
Perfectly Frank (1992)
Astoria: Portrait Of The Artist (1990)
Jazz (1987)
The Art Of Excellence (1986)
I Left My Heart In San Francisco (1962)
Live By Request - An All-Star Tribute DVD (2001)
MTV Unplugged DVD (1994)
Official Columbia Records Tony Bennett Site
Official Tony Bennett Art Site
NPR's Jazz Profiles: Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett at the Copa, 1958