right|thumb|Tony Bennett's "heart", left in San Francisco
"Tony Bennett" (born August 3 1926) is an American popular music, standards, and jazz singer who is widely considered to be one of the best interpretative singers in these genres.
After having achieved artistic and commercial success in the 1950s and early 1960s, his career suffered an extended downturn during the height of the rock music era. However, Bennett staged a remarkable comeback in the late 1980s and 1990s, expanding his audience to a younger generation while keeping his musical style intact. He remains a popular and critically praised recording artist and concert performer in the 2000s.
Tony Bennett is also a serious and accomplished painter.
"Anthony Dominick Benedetto" was born in Astoria, Queens in New York City. (Though some records show that the first name on his birth certificate is Antonio.) His father was a grocer and his mother a seamstress.
He grew up listening to Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, and jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, and Joe Venuti. An uncle was a tap dancer in vaudeville, giving him an early window into show business...