1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Tony Bennett (born August 3, 1926)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Stranger in Paradise 1953
Tony Bennett also had hits with Because of You and Cold, Cold Heart in 1951, Rags to Riches in 1953, There’ll Be No Teardrops Tonight in 1954, and In the Middle of an Island in 1957.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1951-2007 Record Label: Columbia
The son of an Italian-born immigrant grocer, Anthony Benedetto was born in the Astoria section of Queens and attended the High School of Industrial Arts in Manhattan, where he nurtured two passions—singing and painting. His boyhood idols included Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole, both big influences on his easy, natural singing style. After singing in the US Army band, a break came in 1949 when Bob Hope noticed him working with Pearl Bailey in Greenwich Village and added him to his show at the Paramount Theater. Then Columbia A&R man, Mitch Miller, heard about the athletic kid with the golden voice and signed him to a contract. Early success came with a string of chart-topping singles. Rock ‘n’ roll caused his career to sag, but he came back with his smash signature hit in 1962: I Left My Heart in San Francisco. Still popular in the 21st century, the jazzy performer now sports the rumpled face of a singer who has weathered life.