NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - For whatever reason, New Orleans has had the great fortune to see a number of living legends either come to town or planning to come. Wednesday night at the Saenger, there's another one to check off of the list: 90-year-old Tony Bennett.
The Queens, N.Y.-born superstar crooner has made fans swoon for 70 years. The master of the great American Songbook has charted albums in every decade since the 50s, selling millions of albums and winning 19 Grammy Awards along the way.
Anthony Dominick Benedetto became Tony Bennett in 1949 when Bob Hope discovered the young singer and invited Anthony to sing with him. At the time, Bennett used the stage name Joe Bari but said Hope didn't like it and named him Tony Bennett. Since then, Bennett has released dozens of gold and platinum albums.
The last couple of decades Bennett has been incredibly successful with his duet albums introducing him to millions of new, younger fans. His album Cheek to Cheek with Lady Gaga helped add to Bennett's legend as it made him the oldest artist to hit number one on the Billboard chart at age 88. The two would take that show on the road and headline at the 2015 Jazz Fest.
It's at the Jazz Fest where Bennett, a world-renowned painter, was tapped to provide the artwork for one of the festival's coveted posters. Bennett paints under his real name, Anthony Benedetto, and he painted the portrait of Louis Prima for the 2010 Jazz Fest poster. Bennett and Prima were friends, and his portrait is a lasting tribute to the New Orleans musical icon.
At 90, Bennett has shown the world that his talent is timeless and ageless, and you can expect just that at the Saenger on Wednesday night.
There are still tickets remaining at the Saenger box office, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.and the show is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.