SINATRA’S ALL-TIME FAVORITE ARTIST CELEBRATES 91 YEARS. You know this man! Why it’s Anthony Dominick Benedetto who was born on August 3, 1926. He celebrated his 91st birthday yesterday. We know him as that Great Master of the Ballads, Mr. Tony Bennett.
No other vocalist has captured the heart of the public for as long as this Crooner who experienced his first Hit in 1951 with Because of You. As Wikipedia states, “It started out gaining popularity on jukeboxes (I remember them, do you?) then reached #1 on the pop charts and stayed there for ten weeks selling over a million copies.
1951-2017. Count ’em up. That’s 67 years on stage with a mic in his hands, with an orchestra behind him making music that people love to experience. In the last ten years he has become famous for duets, with All-Star performing artists the world over. He is particularly known for his duet album with Lady Gaga. When I first heard them sing, “The Lady Is A Tramp” I knew I wanted to purchase the album. It’s a favorite. I will listen to it often in the car as these two knock it out of the park with electrifying vocal chemistry!
So, what does this man think about himself? In his own words he said, “I get up and boy I can’t wait to paint (his favorite past time) and study music and keep learning. I just love it.” He goes on to say in another statement, “I love entertaining people. I strive to make them feel good.”
Well, he made Mr. Sinatra feel good enough that mid-way in Tony’s career, Sinatra identified Mr. Bennett as his favorite vocalist. He is in my Top 5 all time vocalists. Think about it. Here is an entertainer, who in his 91st year, can stand before an audience and deliver a musical lyric with phrasing, breath control and the engaging energy of love that in one word is …extraordinary. He knows what it means to bring artistic beauty and elegance to every ballad he sings…even when its I Left My Heart in San Francisco…which he just has to sing at every performance. His audience won’t let him off the stage!
I salute this great American vocalist. He embodies inspiration with his life calling…making music. He has said, “I never want to retire.” I hope he doesn’t.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Bennett.