Tony Bennett’s successful career had a long list of achievements. But the pop icon was not spared from perceived mob connections, as were his contemporaries in the showbiz industry, including Frank Sinatra.
This claim is put forward by author David Evanier in his biography of the musician All the Things You Are: The Life of Tony Bennett.
Alleging that the late singer’s early foray into show business was backed by mobsters who owned New York nightclubs.
The biographer claimed that the 96-year-old’s involvement in the underworld was not by choice; However, the author added that she “wasn’t Snow White, but isn’t anybody.”
To break ties with the Mafia, the rags to riches singer paid a whopping $600,000 in the 1960s. Nicky Swift.
The 76-year-old book also hit the singer’s family, which was unhappy with the mob connection claims. Daily News,
The report states that one of the singer’s “trusted associates” also told Evanier that notorious hitman Tony Spilotro had a relationship with Bennett in the ’70s, when Bennett was allegedly engaged to his girlfriend.
On Friday, the New York singer breathed his last at the age of 96.
The jazz singer’s Instagram account shared, “Tony left us today, but he was still singing at his piano the other day, and his last song was ‘Cause Of You’, his first #1 hit.
“Tony, it’s because of you that your songs are etched in our hearts forever.”
Bennett’s cause of death is unknown; However, he had Alzheimer’s disease since 2016.