Tony Bennett. In 1949, Bennett was invited on a concert tour by Bob Hope, who suggested him to use the name Tony Bennett. He was born Anthony (Antonio) Dominick Benedetto on August 3, 1926. He changed his stage name from "Joe Bari" to "Tony Bennett."
He may have 17 Grammys, a packed summer tour schedule and a new album on the way with Lady Gaga, but even Tony Bennett needs a break from the spotlight once in a while. That's when he picks up his paint set.