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BiographyAstoria, Queens, New York City
Anthony Benedetto was born in Astoria, Queens, New York City, the son of Ann (née Suraci) and John Benedetto. His father was a grocer who had emigrated from Podàrgoni, a rural eastern district of the southern Italian city of Reggio Calabria, and his mother was a seamstress. With two other children and a father who was ailing and unable to work, the family grew up in poverty. John Benedetto died when Anthony was 10 years old.
The young Benedetto grew up listening to Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Judy Garland and Bing Crosby as well as 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. By age 10 he was already singing and performed at the opening of the Triborough Bridge. Drawing and caricatures were also an early passion of his. He attended New York’s High School of Industrial Art where he studied painting and music, but dropped out at age 16 to help support his family.
Video with Tony Bennett
Albums by Tony Bennett
Cheek to Cheek (Deluxe Version)
The Classic Christmas Album
Sings the Ultimate American Songbook, Vol. 1 (Remastered)
The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album (Bonus Track Version)
The White House Sessions, Live 1962
MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett (Live)
Duets: An American Classic