TONY BENNETT ON PIANO JAZZ!
"I Thought About You" (Mercer, Van Heussen)
"Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" (Koehler, Harris, Moll)
"While We're Young" (Wilder, Engvick)
"Twilight World" (McPartland, Lee)
"Last Night When We Were Young" (Arlen, Harburg)
"Don't Worry 'Bout Me" (Bloom, Koehler)
"All of Me" (Marks, Simons)
"Blackberry Winter" (Wilder, McGlohon)
"Don't Get Around Much Anymore" (Ellington, Russell)
About Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett was born Anthony Dominick Benedetto on Aug. 3, 1926. His father, a grocer, and his mother, a seamstress, were recent immigrants from Southern Italy who settled in Astoria, Queens. Bennett grew up listening to Bing Crosby, Nat "King" Cole, Judy Garland and Al Jolson, and he was beginning to find his own singing voice by age 10. As a teenager, Bennett studied music and painting at the High School of Industrial Arts in Manhattan. He put his vocal talents to work after school, singing and waiting tables in neighborhood restaurants.
Bennett served in the Army during WWII, where he fought as an infantry man in Europe and performed with military bands. Upon his return, Bennett resumed his musical studies with the assistance of the GI Bill at the American Theatre Wing School. He also began singing in local nightclubs in around New York. While working with Pearl Bailey in Greenwich Village, Bennett was approached by comedian Bob Hope, who invited him to sing at the Paramount. Hope also suggested that the singer shorten his name from Anthony Benedetto to Tony Bennett.
Bennett signed with Columbia Records and released a series of successful singles during the early 1950s, including his first big hit, "Because of You." With the chart-topping success of his recordings of Hank Williams' "Cold Cold Heart," a big-band recording of "Rags to Riches" and his version of Broadway tunes such as "Stranger in Paradise," Bennett's fame began to spread to national and international audiences. Throughout the '50s and '60s, Bennett recorded and performed with such jazz legends as Count Basie, Art Blakey, Kenny Burrell and Herbie Mann.
Though rock 'n' roll supplanted Bennett's style of music throughout the '70s and '80s, his popularity began to rise again after an appearance with the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the 1993 MTV Video Awards ceremony. His subsequent appearance on MTV Unplugged and the resulting album introduced Bennett to a new generation of fans and earned the singer a Grammy for Album of the Year.
Bennett has sold more than 50 million records worldwide, with numerous platinum and gold albums to his credit, as well as 15 Grammy Awards. In 2006, at age 80, Bennett released his best-selling album to date. The Grammy-winning Duets featured Bennett collaborating with the likes of James Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Costello, Stevie Wonder and John Legend, among others.
Bennett continues to split his time between his two lifelong passions: music and painting.
Originally recorded March 10, 2004. Originally broadcast Nov. 2, 2004.
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