Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Tony Bennett Turns 80 Tomorrow

After the death of Ol' Blue Eyes [aka Frank Sinatra] there was a void in the adult contemporary pop music landscape. Tony Bennett, who for years was just as popular as Sinatra - became a fair alternative to the departed crooner. In fact it was in 1994, as grunge alternative rock and G-Funk gangsta rap reached a dual apex, Tony Bennett was dubbed a true alternative to the scene, established so by MTV with his hit, "Steppin' Out With My Baby" that catapulted his album, earning him the Grammy for 'Album Of The Year.'

Tony Bennett was born Anthony Benedetto out of Astoria, Queens on August 3rd, 1926. It wasn't until 1949 after performing in jazz clubs and lounges that he began to see his name on marquees. He wrote his signature piece, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" after this formative period and still performs the song to this day.

Bennett has always maintained a fair, nice-guy friendly image unlike the male vocalists of his era who were known to be alcoholics, gamblers and womanizers. Happy born day to the O.G. microphone crooner from Astoria, and many more.