Tony Bennett Dies At 96


by Roy Trakin

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July 21, 2023

Tony Bennett

ANTHONY DOMINICK BENEDETTO, known professionally as TONY BENNETT, the last of the old-time torch singers equally adept at jazz, pop and R&B, died FRIDAY (7/21) in NEW YORK at 96.

Born AUGUST 3rd, 1926, in ASTORIA, QUEENS, NY, BENNETT performed with military bands in GERMANY during WORLD WAR II. In 1946, he made his debut in a nightclub, sitting in as a singer with trombonist TYREE GLENN at the SHANGRI-LA in ASTORIA.  His big break came three years later, when BOB HOPE discovered him working with PEARL BAILEY at a club in NEW YORK’s GREENWICH VILLAGE.

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  1. His recording of “Just in Time.” arranged and conducted by Percy Faith, remains one of the greatest songs of the fifties.


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