8 Key facts about Tony Bennett pop artist

Anthony Dominick Benedetto was born on August 3, 1926, in Astoria, Queens, New York, to Italian immigrant parents.

He joined with Columbia Records and had his first number-one hit with "Because of You" in 1951.

– Winner of 18 Grammy Awards (with 36 total nominations), and a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in 2001, Bennett also garnered two Emmy Awards. He was a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2005 and a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master in 2006.

Frank Sinatra referred to him as the world's most popular vocalist.

Bennett's "MTV Unplugged" record, released in 1994 when he was 67, received a Grammy for album of the year.

In 1996 and 2007, he wrote books on his work. (An autobiography, “The Good Life,” written with Will Friedwald, was issued in 1998.)

Pop artist died at the age of 96, leaving behind his wife, Susan Benedetto, two sons, Danny and Dae Bennett, two daughters, Johanna Bennett and Antonia Bennett, and nine grandkids.