A handful of entertainers are so deeply ingrained into global pop culture that they need no introduction and New York native Tony Bennett is one such star. Famous for lending his hypnotically smooth vocal talent to landmark pop songs and show tunes such as 'I Left My Heart in San Francisco' and 'The Shadow of Your Smile', the crooner has gathered a cross-generational fan base that continues to grow with every new album and tour.
Frank Sinatra once deemed Bennett 'the best singer in the business' - and who's going to argue with Ol' Blue Eyes? In the last decade alone, the affectionately-tagged 'Singer's Singer' has sold over 10 million records. This number increased massively after the release of his collaborative jazz album Cheek to Cheek with Lady Gaga. For a masterclass in entertainment, grab Tony Bennett tickets now on StubHub UK.
With a stunning seventeen Grammy Awards and over 50 million record sales under his belt, Tony Bennett is easily one of the most successful musicians of all time but hails from surprisingly humble roots. As a young boy growing up in poverty in Depression era Queens in NYC, he spent his youth singing along to the cinematic hits of Bing Crosby and Judy Garland, as well as finding escape in the voices of jazz artists like Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden. Starting his professional career singing in nightclubs, it wasn't long before Bennett was drafted into the army upon the dawn of World War II.
In 1951, he achieved his first number one hit with 'Because of You' and became an instant heartthrob (hundreds of teenage girls gathered outside his wedding ceremony dressed in black mourning clothes). Over the 50s and 60s, smash singles including 'Chicago' and the brilliant 'I Left My Heart in San Francisco' helped him become one of the biggest international stars of his day. The 60s and 70s are known as Bennett's 'years of struggle', as his Las Vegas residency and the rising popularity of contemporary rock songs depleted his reputation as a formidable entertainer. But all this was to change in the late 70s, when a new surge of creativity sustained an ultra-successful comeback, opening his music up to whole new audiences.
Never officially retired, teaming up with contemporary artists like Amy Winehouse and John Mayer has helped Bennett stay fresh and relevant. His top-rated jazz album Cheek to Cheek with Lady Gaga has proven to be one of the most exciting chapters in his career to date, so what are you waiting for? Purchase Tony Bennett tickets and hear tracks like 'The Lady is a Tramp' live in the majestic surrounds of the Royal Albert Hall.
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