2009-11-13 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Tony Bennett Comes to Westbury

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett will perform two concerts at the Capital One Bank Theatre at West - bury on Saturday, November 21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 22 at 7 p.m. Bennett is best known for his hit singles like "Rags to Riches," "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," and "Steppin' Out With My Baby."

Tony Bennett is an Amer ican singer of popular music, standards, show tunes, and jazz. Raised in New York City, Bennett began singing at an early age. He fought in the final stages of World War II as an infantryman with the U.S. Army in the European Theatre. Afterwards, he developed his singing technique, signed with Columbia Records, and had his first number one hit "Because of You" in 1951. Several top hits followed such as "Blue Velvet," "Rags to Riches," "Stranger in Paradise" and "In the Middle of an Island."

In 1962, Bennett recorded his signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." The album of the same title was a top-five hit and both the single and the album achieved gold record status. The song won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Male Solo Vocal Performance. Bennett's following album, "I Wanna Be Around," was also a top-five success, with the title track and "The Good Life" each reaching the top-20 of the pop singles chart along with the top-10 of the Adult Contemporary chart.

Bennett staged a comeback in the late 1980's and 1990's, putting out gold record albums again and ex panding his audience to a younger generation while keeping his musical style in tact. During this time, Ben nett released the look-back, "Astoria: Portrait of the Art ist" in 1990. Bennett continued his quest for younger listeners with an ap pearance in 1994 on "MTV Unplug ged." The re - sulting "MTV Un plug ged: Tony Bennett" al bum went platinum and, besides taking the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance Grammy award for the third straight year, also won the top Grammy prize of Album of the Year. Bennett has won fifteen Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards, and has sold more than 50 million records world wide.

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