UnCategorized Tony Bennett is an American 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 popular song with "Because of You" in 1951. Several top hits such as "Rags to Riches" followed in the early 1950s. Bennett then further refined his approach to en.pass jazz singing. He reached an artistic peak in the late 1950s with albums such as The Beat of My Heart and Basie Swings, Bennett Sings. In 1962, Bennett recorded his signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco". His career and his personal life then suffered an extended downturn during the height of the rock music era. Warned by Miller not to imitate Frank Sinatra , Bennett began his career as a crooner singing .mercial pop tunes. His first big hit was "Because of You", a ballad produced by Miller with a lush orchestral arrangement from Percy Faith. It started out gaining popularity on jukeboxes, then reached #1 on the pop charts in 1951 and stayed there for 10 weeks, selling over a million copies. This was followed to the top of the charts later that year by a similarly-styled rendition of Hank Williams’s "Cold, Cold Heart", which helped introduce Williams and country music in general to a wider, more national audience.The Miller and Faith tandem continued to work on all of Bennett’s early hits. Bennett’s recording of "Blue Velvet" was also very popular and attracted screaming teenaged fans at concerts at the famed Paramount Theater in New York (Bennett did seven shows a day, starting at 10:30 a.m.) and elsewhere. On February 12, 1952, Bennett married Ohio art student and jazz fan Patricia Beech, whom he had met the previous year after a nightclub performance in Cleveland.Two thousand female fans dressed in black gathered outside the ceremony at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral in mock mourning.Bennett and Beech would have two sons, D’Andrea (Danny, born around 1954) and Daegal (Dae, born around 1955). A third #1 came in 1953 with "Rags to Riches". Unlike Bennett’s other early hits, this was an up-tempo big band number with a bold, brassy sound and a double tango in the instrumental break; it topped the charts for eight weeks. Later that year the producers of the up.ing Broadway musical Kismet had Bennett record "Stranger in Paradise" as a way of promoting the show during a New York newspaper strike.The song reached the top, the show was a hit, and Bennett began a long practice of recording show tunes."Stranger in Paradise" was also a #1 hit in the United Kingdom a year and a half later and started Bennett’s career as an international artist. Once the rock and roll era began in 1955, the dynamic of the music industry changed and it became harder and harder for existing pop singers to do well .mercially. Nevertheless, Bennett continued to enjoy success, placing eight songs in the Billboard Top 40 during the latter part of the 1950s, with "In the Middle of an Island" reaching the highest at #9 in 1957. For a month in August September 1956, Bennett hosted a NBC Saturday night television variety show,called The Tony Bennett Show, as a summer replacement for The Perry .o Show. Patti Page and Julius La Rosa had in turn hosted the two previous months, and they all shared the same singers, dancers, and orchestra. In 1959, Bennett would again fill in for The Perry .o Show, this time alongside Teresa Brewer and Jaye P. M.an as co-hosts of the summer-long Perry Presents. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: