Tony Bennett, King of the American Songbook, Dead at 96

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Tony Bennett, the iconic singer and Grammy winner who defined the American Songbook, died on Friday at the age of 96. Bennett's death was announced by his family in a statement.

"It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband and father, Tony Bennett," the statement said. "He died peacefully at home early this morning surrounded by his loving family."

Bennett was born Anthony Dominick Benedetto in Astoria, Queens, New York, in 1926. He began his career as a jazz singer in the 1940s, and his first album, "Because of You," was released in 1951. Bennett went on to release over 70 albums, and his career spanned six decades.

He was known for his smooth vocals and his interpretations of classic American songs. He won 19 Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Bennett was also a popular television performer, and he hosted his own variety show on NBC from 1962 to 1965. He continued to perform and record until recently, and he released his last album, "Love Is Here to Stay," in 2020.

Bennett's death is a major loss for the music world. He was a beloved figure who touched the lives of millions of people. His music will continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.

Keywords: Tony Bennett, American Songbook, singer, Grammy winner, death, jazz, television, variety show, Love Is Here to Stay

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