We Celebrate Tony Bennett Day on The Florida Suncoast.
On August 3, the United States officially declared it as Tony Bennett Day, a day to honor the memory and legacy of the legendary singer, who passed away the previous week on what would have been his 97th birthday. The Senate unanimously passed a resolution to commemorate the iconic crooner, highlighting his remarkable musical talent and accomplishments, as well as his contributions as a compassionate human being.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New Yorker like Bennett, spoke fondly of the singer, emphasizing that Tony Bennett was a once-in-a-lifetime talent. He remarked on Bennett’s universal appeal, with people of all ages and backgrounds admiring his music. Schumer praised Bennett not only for his musical prowess but also for his service to his country, as he had served in World War II. He also commended Bennett’s commitment to civil rights and his courage in marching alongside Martin Luther King Jr. during the historic Selma march in 1965, even when other entertainers were discouraged from doing so due to potential backlash from fans. Tony Bennett’s unwavering belief in equality made him a true champion of civil rights.
Born and raised in Astoria, Queens, Tony Bennett had a special bond with New York City, where he left an indelible mark. He was celebrated for his artistic contributions that transcended genres and generations, earning him the title of the “King of Croon.” While Bennett’s fame extended nationwide, he remained rooted in his New York identity, and his soul always resided in the city that had shaped him.
Shortly after Bennett’s passing, Schumer held a press conference at Bennett’s bench in Central Park and called for the establishment of Tony Bennett Day. The proposal was met with bipartisan support, and a similar resolution was introduced in the House by Representative Nancy Pelosi, a close friend of the late singer.
Rep. Pelosi hailed Tony Bennett as an extraordinary artist and a patriotic leader, noting that the resolution appropriately honored his remarkable legacy. Tony Bennett’s music and philanthropic efforts had touched the hearts of countless people, and his impact on American culture and society will forever be remembered.
As the nation celebrates Tony Bennett Day, people from all walks of life come together to pay tribute to the man whose voice brought joy to millions and whose actions reflected his genuine and compassionate character. Tony Bennett’s memory lives on in the hearts of music enthusiasts, civil rights advocates, and all those who appreciate the power of art and the spirit of humanity.Top of Form
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