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The 19 time Grammy Award-winning singer had his first number one US hit, Because of You in 1951, which remained at the top of the charts for 10 weeks and went on to win his first Grammy Award in 1962 whilst signed to Columbia Records, with whom he is still signed today. In a glittering 67-year year career he has performed alongside the greatest artists of all time, including: Count Basie; Ella Fitzgerald; Duke Wellington; Barbra Streisand; Aretha Franklin; Paul McCartney and Elton John and more recent collaborations with Lady Gaga and the last ever recording with Amy Winehouse in London’s Abbey Road Studios. He has performed to 11 US Presidents, brought the house down at Glastonbury and the iTunes Festival and has performed to 4 generations of the Royal Family, including an unforgettable performance at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. He has sold millions of records world-wide and continues to play to sold-out houses throughout the US.
The past year has seen Tony celebrate his 90th year in style with Lady Gaga lighting up the Empire State Building on his birthday and the NYC Mayor proclaiming an official Tony Bennett Day. This was followed by a star-studded tribute show at New York’s Radio City Hall ‘Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet To Come’ with performances by amongst others: Elton John, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Michael Buble, Andrea Bocelli and Kevin Spacey. The show’s music was recorded and is currently released on Columbia Records worldwide. On March 9th his fifth book Just Getting Started is released by Harper Collins in the UK and celebrates the inspiration he has found in the people and places that have touched his life and career.