Tony Bennett, our cover star from the Winter 2012 issue of Zoomer magazine, turns 87 today. He was born Anthony Dominick Benedetto on August 3, 1926 in New York, and his musical career spans several decades and genres including pop standards, show tunes and jazz. He is revered for his smooth, musical delivery, with his first number one hit ‘Because of You’ released in 1951. But his most well-known, signature song is the classic, ‘I Left My Heart in San Francisco.’

Singing has long been a family affair. His father, Giovanni Benedetto, who left Italy in 1906 to immigrate to New York, was also known to have quite the voice. “The legend from all my relatives was that he used to stand at the top of the mountain in Podargoni and the whole valley would hear him sing,” Bennett told Reuters.

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