Anthony Dominick Benedetto, known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, jazz. He is a painter, having created works under the name Anthony Benedetto that are on permanent public display in several institutions, he is the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, New York. Born and raised in Astoria to an Italian-American family, Bennett began singing at an early age, he fought in the final stages of World War II as a U. S. Army infantryman in the European Theater. Afterward, he developed his singing technique, signed with Columbia Records and had his first number-one popular song with "Because of You" in 1951. Several top hits such as "Rags to Riches" followed in early 1953, he refined his approach to encompass jazz singing. He reached an artistic peak in the late 1950s with albums such as The Beat of My Heart and Basie Swings, Bennett Sings. In 1962, Bennett recorded his signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco".
His career and personal life experienced an extended downturn during the height of the rock music era. Bennett staged a comeback in the late 1980s and 1990s, putting out gold record albums again and expanding his reach to the MTV generation while keeping his musical style intact, he remains a popular and critically praised recording concert performer in the 2010s. He has won 19 Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards, was named an NEA Jazz Master and a Kennedy Center Honoree. Bennett has sold over 50 million records worldwide. Anthony Dominick Benedetto was born on August 3, 1926, in the Astoria neighborhood of New York City's Queens borough to grocer John Benedetto and seamstress Anna Suraci. In 1906, John had emigrated from Podàrgoni, a rural eastern district of the southern Italian city of Reggio Calabria. Anna had been born in the U. S. shortly after her parents emigrated from the Calabria region in 1899. Other relatives came over as well as part of the mass migration of Italians to America. Tony grew up with an older sister, an older brother, John Jr.
With a father, ailing and unable to work, the children grew up in poverty. John Sr. instilled in his son a love of art and literature and a compassion for human suffering, but died when Tony was 10 years old. The experience of growing up in the Great Depression and a distaste for the effects of the Hoover Administration would make the child a lifelong Democrat. Bennett grew up listening to Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby as well as jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, Joe Venuti, his Uncle Dick was a tap dancer in vaudeville, giving him an early window into show business, his Uncle Frank was the Queens borough library commissioner. By age 10 he was singing, performed at the opening of the Triborough Bridge, standing next to Mayor Fiorello La Guardia who patted him on the head. Drawing was another early passion of his. S. 141 and anticipated a career in commercial art. He began singing for money at age 13, performing as a singing waiter in several Italian restaurants around his native Queens.
He attended New York's School of Industrial Art where he studied painting and music and would appreciate their emphasis on proper technique. But he dropped out at age 16 to help support his family, he worked as a copy boy and runner for the Associated Press in Manhattan and in several other low-skilled, low-paying jobs. However, he set his sights on a professional singing career, returning to performing as a singing waiter and winning amateur nights all around the city, having a successful engagement at a Paramus, New Jersey, nightclub. Benedetto was drafted into the United States Army in November 1944, during the final stages of World War II, he did basic training at Fort Robinson as part of becoming an infantry rifleman. Benedetto ran afoul of a sergeant from the South. Processed through the huge Le Havre replacement depot, in January 1945, he was assigned as a replacement infantryman to the 255th Infantry Regiment of the 63rd Infantry Division, a unit filling in for the heavy losses suffered in the Battle of the Bulge.
He moved across France, into Germany. As March 1945 began, he joined the front line and what he would describe as a "front-row seat in hell."As the German Army was pushed back to its homeland and his company saw bitter fighting in cold winter conditions hunkering down in foxholes as German 88 mm guns fired on them. At the end of March, they crossed the Rhine and entered Germany, engaging in dangerous house-to-house, town-after-town fighting to clean out German soldiers. During his time in combat, Benedetto narrowly escaped death several times; the experience made him a pacifist. I just said,'This is not life; this is not life.'" At the war's conclusion he was involved in the liberation of a Nazi concentration camp near Landsberg, where some American prisoners of war from the 63rd Division had been held. Benedetto stayed in Germany as part of the occupying force but was assigned to an informal Special Services band unit that would entertain nearby American forces, his dining with a black friend from high school – at a time when the Army was still racially segregated – led to his being demoted and reassigned to Graves Registration Service duties.
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The 2005 Chinese Grand Prix was the final Formula One motor race of the 2005 Formula One season which took place on 16 October 2005 at the Shanghai International Circuit. This was the second Chinese Grand Prix; the race was won by Renault's Fernando Alonso. McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen was four seconds behind in second position, a reflection of their season long duel for the championship. Toyota driver Ralf Schumacher was third. Renault won the Constructors' Championship at this race; this was the final race for Antônio Pizzonia, the Minardi and Jordan teams, although both teams continued into 2006 under different names. This was the last win for a car equipped with a 6-speed gearbox and with a V10 engine. During a warm up lap as the cars were lining up on the grid from the pit lane, Christijan Albers and Michael Schumacher's cars collided. Both were forced to start from the pits in their teams' spare car, along with Narain Karthikeyan who missed the start. Alonso dominated the race, taking a lights-to-flag victory, capping a best season for Renault which included victories in both titles.
Renault's number two driver Giancarlo Fisichella's chances of making the podium ended when he received a drive-through penalty for obstructive driving in the pits during the second safety car period. He ended the race less than a second behind Ralf Schumacher. Red Bull Racing's Christian Klien had a career best drive to take fifth position with Felipe Massa, Mark Webber and Jenson Button completing the point scoring finishers. Räikkönen recorded a record equalling tenth for the season. Qualifying took place on October 15. † Michael Schumacher, Narain Karthikeyan and Christijan Albers started from the pit lane. Bold text indicates the World Champions. Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings
Chris Bond is a former Australian rules footballer who played as a rover for the Carlton and Fremantle Football Clubs in the Australian Football League. Since retiring as a player he has coached Werribee in the Victorian Football League and has been an assistant coach for the Western Bulldogs, he is the football operations manager at Fremantle. Bond was selected in the 1989 VFL Draft from the North Hobart Football Club and played his first senior AFL game at Carlton in 1990, but after three seasons, had only played 22 games. Ready to turn his back on the AFL, Bond signed with the Central District of the South Australian National Football League. However, a friend and teammate at Carlton, Ian Herman, persuaded Bond to change his plans and join the Richmond Football Club. In 1994, Bond won the Richmond Fairest award. Through 1997, Bond missed only one game. At the end of the 1997 season, Bond was traded to Fremantle in exchange for an early draft pick. Bond's experience and reliability was a major attraction for Fremantle – facing the 1998 AFL season without the retiring Ben Allan and Scott Watters and a coach in Gerard Neesham on a one-year performance based contract extension.
Bond played two years for the second as captain of the team. After nine games in a row of losing to crosstown rivals West Coast Eagles, Bond led the team to their first Western Derby victory. After the 1999 season, Bond took a coaching job in Victoria with the Werribee Tigers, a VFL-affiliate of the Western Bulldogs. After winning the 2002 VFL finals, he was promoted to a coaching position with the Western Bulldogs, where he assisted head coach Rodney Eade, he left the Bulldogs after the 2007 AFL season to take a management role at Fremantle. Chris Bond's playing statistics from AFL Tables