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Everybody Loves Tony Bennett

As he turns 85, the pop legend plays mentor to his artistic heirs

Tony Bennett remembers as if it were yesterday: "I was playing the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, and Bob Hope came to see me," he says. "When he was leaving, one of my musicians scooted out and asked him, 'How did you like Tony?'" It wasn't just idle curiosity. Seven years earlier, Hope had given young Bennett his start, even coming up with a streamlined name to replace his real one, Anthony Benedetto. In those days, Bennett says, it wasn't uncommon for veteran stars to take newcomers under their wings.
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