Awarded: April 2000
(b. Aug. 3, 1926)
Tony Bennett has won ten Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and “Album of the Year” for 1995’s MTV Unplugged special. He showed vocal talent as a child as a singing waiter. He later perfected his skills singing with military bands while in the U.S. Army. After he was discharged, he made an appearance on “The Arthur Godfrey Talent Show,” and his star steadily rose. By 1964, he had 24 top-40 hits to his credit. His signature tune “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” is a classic pop recording and set the standard for romantic ballads.