Monday, April 22, 2024

Happy 96th Birthday to Tony Bennett, Beloved Crooner and Philanthropist, Activist (See DeNiro Tribute Message)


Happy 96th birthday, Tony Benedetto aka Tony Bennett!

A year ago tonight Tony took the stage at Radio City Music Hall and celebrated his 95th birthday with an amazing concert featuring Lady Gaga. Fans wondered if he could do it, but Tony performed like a young man, belting out a set of classic American songs with confidence and charisma. The voice and the sensibility have never gone away.

Even now, Tony is still vocalizing at three times a week at home in his Manhattan aerie for friends and family. You can’t keep a good man down!

And it’s not just the huge number of Grammys, Emmys, and other awards that marks Tony’s 96 years. He was always a political activist, marching with and singing for Martin Luther King. He’s also been a huge philanthropist with his Exploring the Arts Foundation and the Frank Sinatra High School for the Arts he built in Queens with his wife, Susan.

Stay cool, Tony!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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