Tony Bennett

Bennett in 2011, Joe Seer /

Birth Name: Anthony Dominick Benedetto

Date of Birth: August 3, 1926

Place of Birth: Long Island City, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: July 21, 2023

Place of Death: New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Italian

Tony Bennett was an American singer of traditional pop standards, show tunes, and jazz, as well as a painter. His songs include “Because of You,” “Rags to Riches,” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” He became known in the 1950s and ’60s, before staging a comeback in the late 1980s. Tony founded the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens. He sold more than 50 million records worldwide. At two months over 95, he broke the Guinness World Record for oldest person to release an album of new material. Late in his career, he often collaborated with Lady Gaga.

Tony was the son of Anna Maria (Suraci), a seamstress, and Giovanni/John Benedetto, a grocer. His father was Italian, from Podargoni, Reggio Calabria, and moved to the U.S. in 1906. His mother was born in New York, to Italian parents, from Calabria. His parents were from poor farming families. His uncle, Dick, was a tap dancer in vaudeville, and another uncle, Frank, was the Queens borough library commissioner. Tony fought in WWII, in the European Theatre; his company moved from France into Germany in 1945, and Tony was part of the liberation of the Kaufering concentration camp in Bavaria.

Tony was married to schoolteacher Susan Crow, until his death. He had two children with his former wife Patricia Beech; and two children, including singer of adult alternative music, standards, and jazz, Antonia Bennett, with his former wife, actress Sandra Grant.

Tony’s paternal grandfather was named Giovanni Battista Benedetto. Giovanni was from Podargoni, above Reggio Calabria.

Tony’s paternal grandmother was named Maria Suraci (the daughter of Domenico Suraci). Domenico was the son of Giuseppe Suraci and Antonia Melana.

Tony’s maternal grandfather was Antonio Suraci (the son of Francesco Suraci and Maria Catalano). Antonio was born in Podargoni, Province of Reggio Calabria, Calabria. Francesco was the son of Domenico Suraci.

Tony’s maternal grandmother was Vincenza Suraci (the daughter of Domenico Suraci and Anna Sinicropi). Vincenza was born in Podargoni. Domenico was the son of Giuseppe Suraci and Antonia Melana. Anna was the daughter of Antonino Sinicropi and Antonia Morabito.

Source: Genealogy of Tony Bennett –


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14 Responses

  1. Manila says:

    He died today. Rest in Peace :(

  2. cwm85 says:

    I figured he was Italian and just shortened his name to try for a different public image.

  3. andrew says:

    David Evanier – All the Things You Are: The Life of Tony Bennett (2011):
    “Tony Bennett’s paternal grandfather, Giovanni Benedetto, grew up in the village of Podargoni, above Reggio Calabria. The family were poor farmers, producing figs, olive oil, and wine grapes. His mother’s family, the Suracis, also farmed in Calabria. Neither side of the family could read or write”

  4. P says:

    b rated frank sinatra wannabe

    frank, dean, = legends

    tony = not so much

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