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How singer Tony Bennett became Tony Bennett

The Story

At first, he was Anthony Dominick Benedetto. Then he started performing as a singer using the marquee-friendly name Joe Bari. But it was comedian Bob Hope who bestowed the name that stuck: Tony Bennett. In 1965 he got a huge boost when Frank Sinatra called him "the best singer in the business," and in 1977 he's playing a benefit concert for the Ontario Crippled Children's Centre. In this TV interview with Peter Gzowski, Bennett talks about how his career took off and how he relaxes in his spare time.   

Medium: Television
Program: 90 Minutes Live
Broadcast Date: March 8, 1977
Host: Peter Gzowski
Guest: Tony Bennett
Duration: 17:42

Did You know?

• Tony Bennett was born in Queens, N.Y. on Aug. 3, 1926.

• "To me, the hallmark of success in singing is “honesty”... Emotional honesty really became the premise of every record I’ve made and every performance I’ve given. I like to think that what [Frank Sinatra] heard in my singing was the same honesty that I, and millions of others, found in his." -- Tony Bennett writing in Vanity Fair magazine, July 2009

• The Ontario Crippled Children's Centre, in Toronto, opened in 1899. Its name changed in the 1980s and it is now known as Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.



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