Tony Bennett is an American singer and painter who was born on August 3, 1926, in Astoria, New York City, New York in the United States. His full name is Anthony Dominick Benedetto and he grew up in the Astoria neighborhood of New York City's Queens borough. Bennett was born to a grocer named John Benedetto and a seamstress named Anna Suraci. His father emigrated from southern Italy to New York in 1906 during the mass migration of Italians to America. Bennett grew up with his older sister Mary and an older brother named John Jr. His father died when he was 10-years-old but not before fostering a love of art and literature in him. Bennett was drafted in November of 1944 into the United States Army and went on to participate in the end of World War II.
He was discharged and returned to the United States in 1946 and began his career as a singer of commercial pop music a few years later. Bennett's first major hit was the song "Because of You" which went on to reach number one on the pop charts for ten weeks in 1951. The song also sold over a million copies. In the 1980s, Bennett began dating a school teacher from New York named Susan Crow who was 40 years younger than him. By 2007, the couple was married and the former Governor Mario Cuomo in attendance.