14 Facts About Tony Bennett

1. In September 2011, Tony Bennett appeared on The Howard Stern Show and named American military actions in the Middle East as the root cause of the September 11 attacks.

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2. In 2008 Tony Bennett made two appearances on "New York State of Mind" with Billy Joel at the final concerts given at Shea Stadium, and in October releasing the album A Swingin' Christmas with The Count Basie Big Band, for which he made a number of promotional appearances at holiday time.

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3. On June 21, 2007, Tony Bennett married Crow in a private civil ceremony in New York that was witnessed by former Governor Mario Cuomo.

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4. Since his comeback, Tony Bennett has financially prospered; by 1999, his assets were worth $15 to 20 million.

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5. As the decade neared its end, Tony Bennett had no recording contract, no manager, and was not performing many concerts outside of Las Vegas.

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6. Over the next couple of years, Tony Bennett had minor hits with several albums and singles based on show tunes; his last top-40 single was the number 34 "If I Ruled the World" from Pickwick in 1965, but his commercial fortunes were clearly starting to decline.

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7. In September 2014, Tony Bennett performed for the first time in Israel, with his jazz quartet at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv, receiving a standing ovation.

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8. On October 31, 2012, Tony Bennett performed "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" in front of more than 100,000 fans at a City Hall ceremony commemorating the 2012 World Series victory by the San Francisco Giants.

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9. In February 2010, Tony Bennett was one of over 70 artists singing on "We Are the World 25 for Haiti", a charity single in aid of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

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10. In the late 1980s, Tony Bennett entered into a long-term romantic relationship with Susan Crow, a former New York City schoolteacher.

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11. On December 4, 2005, Tony Bennett was the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor.

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12. In 1993, Tony Bennett played a series of benefit concerts organized by alternative rock radio stations around the country.

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13. In June 1962, Tony Bennett staged a highly promoted concert performance at Carnegie Hall, using a stellar line-up of musicians including Al Cohn, Kenny Burrell, and Candido, as well as the Ralph Sharon Trio.

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14. On February 12, 1952, Tony Bennett married Ohio art student and jazz fan Patricia Beech, whom he had met the previous year after a nightclub performance in Cleveland.

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