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Tony Bennett's always been modern -- there was just a time there when the rest of the world had to catch up. He is the only singer to ever truly rival Frank Sinatra. He's been outspoken about racial segregation, and just recently, 9/11. And boy, has his music lasted.
His first big hit was 60 years ago. 'Because of You' went to number one on the pop charts, and people went crazy for his style. Then The Beatles came along and transformed our understanding of what pop music could be. Tony was pressured to get with the times and change his ways, but he couldn't bring himself to do it. His sales dwindled, he was left without a record label, and for awhile, he lost his way. His marriage broke down, he got into drugs... and it wasn't until 1979 when a cocaine overdose nearly killed him that Tony woke up hungry for a new beginning.
He believed his voice still had value. And with the help of his son Danny, Tony made one of the most successful comebacks in the history of music. Since then, he's performed with everyone from his mentor Sinatra to his friend Amy Winehouse, whom he'd hoped to help before she passed away.
Tony celebrated his 85th birthday with a new record called 'Duets 2'. It went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making Tony the oldest living male act ever to find himself at the top.