While the world knew him as Tony Bennett, a name given to him by Bob Hope, he was born Anthony Dominick Benedetto on August 3, 1926 in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, NY. His recordings – most of them made for Columbia Records, which signed him in 1950 – were characterized by ebullience, immense warmth, vocal clarity and emotional openness. Bennett hit the scene as a suave crooner and quickly established himself as one of radio's most popular hit-makers. He was a showman, with an intimate nightclub sensibility. He went on to make duet recordings with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Lady Gaga, who later became his biggest cheerleader and an ambassador to a legion of new fans. His professional career spanned eight decades, and he garnered a No. 1 album at age 85.