Tony Bennett Quotes

Tony Bennett is one of the most successful legendary jazz and popular musicians of our time. He’s one of the world’s best-selling musicians, with 17 Grammy Awards to his name.

“I have a simple life. I mean, you just give me a drum roll, they announce my name, and I come out and sing. In my job I have a contract that says I’m a singer. So I sing.” – Tony Bennett

“Intimate singing had a wonderful style in the ’30s and ’40s. It came out of Broadway and the jazz of Louis Armstrong and Billie Holliday. But Sinatra created the best romantic era that we’ve ever had.” – Tony Bennett

“More than anybody else I’d like to thank Count Basie for teaching me how to perform.” – Tony Bennett

“The young people look great on television. They’re youthful and have a lot of zip and energy, but when you see them live, they can only do about 20 minutes because they haven’t got the training to hold an audience for an hour and a half or so.” – Tony Bennett

“I’m the kid of baby boomers, and the baby boomers listened to rock-and-roll, not thinking that Sinatra and Bennett were cool. I discovered this music on my own, which is why I really adopted it as my own music.” – Tony Bennett

“I’m just so thrilled that all these contemporary artists want to sing with me. They’re all making me feel so good.” – Tony Bennett

“To work is to feel alive.” – Tony Bennett

“My record royalties right now are four times stronger than when I was the Madonna of my day, … Now it’s over the top. I mean the records, they all hold up through the years.” – Tony Bennett

“This is amazing. I’m overwhelmed. It’s music that I love so much from all of these magnificent artists.” – Tony Bennett

“I still insist that American performers are the best performers in the world.” – Tony Bennett

“I know the history of the record business so well because I followed Billie Holiday into the record studios. It was so primitive compared to the sophisticated business today.” – Tony Bennett

“My favorite song is “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” because it’s become my signature song. I sang it for six American presidents and five command performances… it’s made me a world citizen.” – Tony Bennett

“I think one of the reasons I’m popular again is because I’m wearing a tie. You have to be different.” – Tony Bennett

“I’ve been so fortunate because I never really had ups and downs as far as my career. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I’ve been sold out all over the world.” – Tony Bennett

“I’ve taken stuff from people, too. You know though, if you steal from one person, you’re just a thief. But if you steal from everyone, that’s research.” – Tony Bennett

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