Tony Bennett kicks off 80th Season of the Marshall Artists Series

Updated 3 years ago by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series

HUNTINGTON, WV – The Marshall Artists Series  presents the legendary Tony Bennett at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Thursday, September 29 @ 7:30. This 19 time Grammy Award-winning musician is coming to Huntington, WV. Bennett will be delighting audiences with his charm and legendary vocals.


Over a span of 60 years, Bennett’s achievements have surpassed many, including winning nineteen Grammy Awards. One being the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, making him such a sensation in the music industry today. His classic songs such as “Steppin’ out with My Baby” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” provide such a stepping stone to the American music culture we have today. Tony Bennett still continues to peak, even though he just celebrated his 90th birthday.


Bennett is always in high demand for collaborations with other artists. His most recent ones included collaborations with Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Sting, Bono, and John Legend. These have allowed for more exposure of his music to fans of all ages.


It’s exertions such as these that make Bennett one of the longest American recording artists of our time, and doing so while achieving such a high level of excellence. Just in the past ten years alone he has sold ten million records. He started off just as any other, though. A young Tony would sing while waiting tables before enlisting in the Army during World War II. His time spent in Europe focused a lot around performing with military bands, leading up to vocal studies at the American Theatre Wing School, kick starting his career.


Bennett’s big break came in 1949 when comedian Bob Hope noticed him working with Pearl Bailey in Greenwich Village in New York City. Bennett recalled, “Bob Hope came down to check out my act.  He liked my singing so much that after the show he came back to see me in my dressing room and said, 'Come on kid, you’re going to come to the Paramount and sing with me.'  But first he told me he didn’t care for my stage name (Joe Bari) and asked me what my real name was.  I told him, ‘My name is Anthony Dominick Benedetto’ and he said, ‘We’ll call you Tony Bennett.’ And that was it. A new name, a new start and the beginning of an adventure that has prolonged over 60 years.


In this new millennium, Bennett’s popularity on the charts sky-rocketed. His album Duets: An American Classic was released in 2006 including performances with stars such as Elton John, Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Bono and others, allowing it to easily become one of the best-selling albums of the year. This led up to the release of Duets II in 2011 which included a different set of performers such as Michael Buble, Aretha Franklin, Josh Groban, and many others.Duets II debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album charts, making Tony the only artist at the age of 85 to achieve this in the history of recorded music.


Tony Bennett is a proud supporter of the arts and has been a dedicated painter since he was a young child. Even today he continues to paint while on his international tours. These passions led Bennett, with his wife Susan Benedetto, a former public school teacher, to found the Exploring the Arts (ETA) to strengthen the role of the arts in public high school education. Bennett’s passions just add to his dedication to his excellence.


Tickets for Tony Bennett are $138.75/$95.95/$69.20/$53.15. To see this 19 time Grammy Award winning artist contact the Marshall Artists Series Box Office at 304-696-6656. Or order tickets online at You may also visit our box office located in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on the Marshall University campus. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Tony Bennett is sponsored by Reynolds and Associates, American Babbitt Bearing, Prichard Electric, Chapman Printing, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Radiology, Inc., Senator Bob Plymale, David and Kim Robinson, Hilliard Lyons, KEE 100, B97, WSAZ, The Herald Dispatch, Marshall University, and The Marshall Artists Series.

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