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Tony Bennett’s Life in Photos

The storied singer died on July 21, 2023, at 96 years old

Tony Bennett! Celebrate His 96th with His Life in Photos

Tony Bennett was born on Aug. 3, 1926, in Astoria, New York, and beginning in the 1950s dropped hit after hit that had audiences swooning and crooning.

Over the course of his iconic decades-long career, Bennett amassed 20 Grammy Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, and welcomed four children along the way.

As news breaks that the icon died on July 21, 2023, at age 96, take a look back at his long life in photos.

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Tony Bennett’s Early Years

Columbia recording artist Tony Bennett as a teen idol.
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Tony Bennett — born on Aug. 3, 1926, in New York City — pictured as a teen.

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Tony Bennett in 1952

circa 1952: American pop and jazz singer Tony Bennett performs on stage as local radio disc jockey Bill Randall (left) applauds and teenage girls scream in the audience at a high school in Cleveland, Ohio
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The singer performing in Cleveland in 1952.

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Tony Bennett and Wife Patricia Beech

Tony Bennett and Bride Patricia Beech In Wedding Car
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With wife Patricia Beech leaving St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City following their Feb. 12, 1952, wedding. The two parted ways in 1971.

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Tony Bennett in 1959

THE DINAH SHORE CHEVY SHOW -- Aired 5/31/59 -- Pictured: Singer Tony Bennett
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On The Dinah Shore Chevy Show in 1959.

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Tony Bennett and Bob Hope

THE BOB HOPE SHOW, from left: Tony Bennett, Bob Hope
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Joking around with Bob Hope during a 1967 visit to his show.

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Tony Bennett and Wife Sandra Grant

Tony Bennett and his wife, actress Sandra Grant Bennett
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With second wife Sandra Grant Bennett at the ABC Cinema in London for the 1973 premiere of Lady Sings the Blues. The couple split in 2007.

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Tony Bennett in 1979

Tony Bennett is seen during an interview in New York in July 1979
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During a 1979 interview in New York City.

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Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra

Pop singers Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra pose for a portrait wearing tuxedos in front a of a gold curtain in July of 1980 in Reno, Nevada
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With friend and collaborator Frank Sinatra in Reno, Nevada, in 1980.

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Tony Bennett’s Grammys

Tony Bennett holds up his award for the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance during the 35th Annual Grammy Awards on February 24, 1993 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles
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Winning a Grammy for best traditional pop vocal performance at the 1993 awards in Los Angeles. The singer has 20 Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award.

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Tony Bennett at the Kennedy Center Honors

President George W. Bush congratulates Tina Turner during a reception for the Kennedy Center Honors in the East Room of the White House Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005. From left, the honorees are singer Tony Bennett, dancer Suzanne Farrell, actress Julie Harris, actor Robert Redford and singer Tina Turner
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President George W. Bush congratulates the 2005 Kennedy Center honorees — who include Bennett, far left — on Dec. 4 of that year. Also recognized that year: dancer Suzanne Farrell, actress Julie Harris, actor Robert Redford and singer Tina Turner.

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Tony Bennett’s Daughters

Antonia Bennett, Tony Bennett and Joanna Bennett
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With his daughters Antonia and Joanna Bennett at his 80th birthday party in New York City in 2006.

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Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse

Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse attend the after show party for Tony Bennett's concert at Royal Albert Hall on July 1, 2010 in London, England
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With singer Amy Winehouse in 2010; together, the two won a Grammy for best pop performance by a duo or group for a duet following Winehouse’s tragic death in June of 2011. When accepting the award, Bennett invited Winehouse’s parents on stage and let them say a few words.

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Tony Bennett And Lady Gaga Headline New Year's Eve At The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas
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Performing with friend Lady Gaga on New Year’s Eve 2014 in Las Vegas. In 2021, the pair returned to the stage in N.Y.C. for two concerts in honor of his 95th birthday.

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Tony Bennett Turns 90

Tony Bennett waves while standing with his wife, Susan Crow, after he was presented with a heart shaped birthday cake outside the Fairmont Hotel, in San Francisco
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Receiving a heart-shaped birthday cake in San Francisco in 2016 in honor of his 90th birthday and his famed song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” with current wife Susan Crow by his side. The two wed in 2007.

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Tony Bennett and His Sons

Danny Bennett. Tony Bennett and Dae Bennett, winners of Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for 'Tony Bennett Celebrates 90' pose in the press room during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City
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Posing with sons Danny and Dae while picking up more Grammys at the 2018 awards in N.Y.C.

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Tony Bennett’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Tony Bennett
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At one of his last public outings before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, at The Art Students League’s 2019 Gala in New York City on Nov. 4, 2019. In early 2021, Bennett’s family revealed to AARP The Magazine that the singer was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016.

“Life is a gift — even with Alzheimer’s,” read a note from Bennett’s Twitter account the same day. “Thank you to Susan and my family for their support, and @AARP The Magazine for telling my story.”

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Tony Bennett Dies

Montreal concerts in September 2015 include an appearance by the legendary Tony Bennett.
Above: Tony Bennett performing at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Hot Pink Party: The Pink Standard at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on April 30, 2015 in New York. KEVIN MAZUR / GETTY IMAGES

On July 21, 2023, news broke that Bennett had died at age 96. The singer left behind an incomparable legacy filled with hits that changed music.

Bennett is survived by wife Susan and his four children.

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