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Tony Bennett's magical musical journey

Tony Bennett, shown here in September in New York City, performs tonight at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.

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Tony Bennett, shown here in September in New York City, performs tonight at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.

Sure, you know that Tony Bennett is the master of the great American songbook. And you adore his exquisite phrasing every time he sings I Left My Heart in San Francisco. But how well do you know some of the other facts about this extraordinarily talented artist? Take this quiz and see for yourself just how wide-ranging this 83-year-old's accomplishments are. Compiled by Anne Glover, Times staff writer

1 Which big-name comic of the time discovered Bennett performing with Pearl Bailey in Greenwich Village in 1949 and gave him his big break?

a) George Burns

b) Bob Hope

c) Milton Berle

2 He had his first hit in 1951 and it peaked at No. 1 and remained on the charts for 32 weeks. It was:

a) Because of You

b) Boulevard of Broken Dreams

c) I Left My Heart in San Francisco

3 Bennett is also a noted artist who paints under his given name, Anthony Dominick Benedetto. What sporting event commissioned him to be its official artist?

a) The 1988 Calgary Olympics

b) The 2001 Kentucky Derby

c) The XXXV Super Bowl

4 After hitting gold with San Francisco, Bennett became the first male pop solo performer ever at this venue in 1962:

a) Rainbow Room

b) Radio City Music Hall

c) Carnegie Hall

5 Bennett became an icon to an entire new generation of fans when he appeared at the MTV Video Awards in 1993. What group did he present with, to universal praise for his coolness?

a) Red Hot Chili Peppers

b) Pearl Jam

c) Aerosmith

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Tony Bennett presented with the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the 1993 MTV Awards. The answer key to Wednesday's quiz got garbled and named the wrong group.

Answers: 1. b 2. a 3. c 4. a. 5. a. Sources:,,

Catch the master

Tony Bennett is in concert at 8 p.m. today at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $68-$128. (727) 791-7400.

Tony Bennett's magical musical journey 01/05/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 10:54am]
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