Tony Bennett claims he 'met' his wife before she was born

There's love at first sight, and then there's Tony Bennett's story.

The 90-year-old singer has been married to Susan Benedetto for nine years, but says he "met" her long before they first spoke. Bennett writes in his new memoir, Just Getting Started, that he posed with his wife's parents, Dayl and Marion Crow, during a meet-and-greet in New York City in 1966. At the time, Bennett says that Benedetto's mother was pregnant with her.

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"As fate would have it, Marion was pregnant at the time with ...Susan!" Bennett, who was 40 years old at the time of the photo, recalls. "It's a photo we all laugh about [now], knowing the incredible turn of events that followed."

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Singer Tony Bennett on The Danish Shore Chevy Show, aired 5/31/59.

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Tony Bennett, whose records have been on everybody's hit parade recently, is ready to sing all over again as he meets son, D'Andrea. His wife, Pat and newborn are in Lebanon Hospital in the Bronx.

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American singers Sammy Davis Junior (1925 - 1990) and Tony Bennett performing on a television show circa 1960.

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Tony Bennett, 1960's.

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Singer Tony Bennett during a special presentation of Grammy winning songs and performances from the 8th Annual Grammy Awards.

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Tony Bennett presents a portrait of Louis Satchmo Armstrong at the Savoy Hotel in London on October 28, 1970.

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Tony Bennett and his wife Sandy at the Empire Room after his opening their shibla.

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Proud pop, singer Tony Bennett is all smiles as he poses with sons, Daegel (left), 23, and Danny, 24, after opening of 'Neon,' a rock 'n' roll group the sons belong to, at a club in Manhattan 1/17. Bennett flew in from Chicago to catch the opening. Danny, lead vocalist and guitarist for the group, has blue hair. Daegel, drummer, has dyed his hair red. 'Neon' is a five-member group. The other artists have purple, green and yellow tresses.

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Susan Crow and Tony Bennett during 1989 U.S. Open Tennis Tournament at Flushing Meadow Park in Queens, New York.

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Singer Tony Bennett and singer Whitney Houston attend the United Negro College Fund's 46th Annual Awards Dinner/Frederick D. Patterson Award to Whitney Houston on March 8, 1990 at the Sheraton Centre in New York City.

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Tony Bennett during Lester Cohen Archives in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Tony Bennett attends 21st Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards on May 30, 1990 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

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Tony Bennett, with one of his daughters, outside a theater; circa 1990; New York.

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Singer Tony Bennett, girlfriend Susann Crow and dog 'Boo' taking midtown stroll on June 2, 1995.

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US President Bill Clinton thanks singer Tony Bennett after Bennett preformed during a State Dinner for visiting German Chancellor Helmut Kohl at the White House in Washington D.C. 09 February. Tony Bennett told President Clinton that he discovered his signature song, 'I Left My Heart in San Fansisco' while in Hot Springs, AR.

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Entertainer Tony Bennett gets a kiss from comedienne Carol Burnett after Bennett won an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Performance for a Variety or Musical Program category for his special "Tony Bennett Live By Request" September 8 at the 48th Annual Emmy Awards in Pasadena, Ca.

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Tony Bennett, Madonna, Sting and Trudie Styler

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Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith & Tony Bennett

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Martin Scorsese and Tony Bennett attending the Literacy Partners Evening of Readings at Lincoln Center.

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Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson and Tony Bennett

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Democratic presidential candidate US Vice President Al Gore (R) talks with legendary singer Tony Bennett at a fundraising gala at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee 24 October, 2000. Gore listened to country-western music and Tony Bennett at the popular Nashville night spot.

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Tony Bennett, performs on July 15th 2000 at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Hague, Netherlands.

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US singers Tony Bennett and Billy Joel arrive at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles 27 February 2002. They performed 'A New York State of Mind' which was nominated for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.


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Tony Bennett UK press shoot. Dorchester Hotel, London. 08/12/04.

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Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett during 18th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert - Day Two - October 24, 2004 at Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View, California, United States.

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Actor Bruce Willis, recording artist Tony Bennett and actor George Clooney attend the Singers and Songs Celebrate Tony Bennett's 80th birthday event at the Kodak Theater on November 9, 2006 in Hollywood, California.

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John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Tony Bennett and Susan Crow attend TARGET Honors TONY BENNETT for his 80TH BIRTHDAY Celebration at The American Museum of Natural History on August 3, 2006 in New York City.

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Tony Bennett holds Grammys for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for "Duets: An American Classic", and for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for '"For Once in My Life", sung with Stevie Wonder, at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 11, 2007. Bennett stands with son Danny, who is his manager.

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Singers Stevie Wonder and Tony Bennett pose for a picture in the green-room prior to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) annual 'Songwriter Night' March 13, 2007 in Washington, DC. This year ASCAP awarded Stevie Wonder with the inaugural ASCAP Troubadour Award.

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Singers Tony Bennett, Kanye West and Enrique Iglesias perform at the 'We Are The World 25 Years for Haiti' recording session held at Jim Henson Studios on February 1, 2010 in Hollywood, California.

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Tony Bennett performs at Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's 'Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear' on October 30, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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Sir Elton John and singer Tony Bennett attend the 9th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's 'An Enduring Vision' benefit at Cipriani, Wall Street on October 18, 2010 in New York City.

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Tony Bennett rehearses for 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' on November 28, 2012.

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Tony Bennett proclaims "Whitney" at the end of his performance during the 2012 Pre-Grammy Gala & Salute to Industry Icons at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California February 11, 2012. Whitney Houston, a winner of six Grammy Awards including record of the year for "I Will Always Love You" and album of the year for "The Bodyguard," died at age 48, a spokeswoman for the singer said on February 11, 2012.

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Ethel Kennedy, Tony Bennett, and Kerry Kennedy attend the RFK Ripple Of Hope Gala at Hilton Hotel Midtown on December 16, 2014 in New York City.

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform from their jazz album on The View, 11/26/14, airing on the ABC Television Network.

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett pose in the press room with the awards they won for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for "Cheek To Cheek" during the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 8, 2015.

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When Benedetto, now 50, was just a teenager, she was the president of Bennett's San Francisco fan club, and at age 19, she attended his concert in the bay area, and asked to go backstage. "The request was sent to me, and it tickled me that someone of her age was so devoted to my music," he writes. "I not only agreed to say hello to her backstage but asked her to be my date for the evening, and that's how it all really began ...foreshadowed by a backstage photo taken in 1966!"

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Bennett -- who was previously married to Patricia Beech and Sandra Grant --admits that they weren't oblivious to their 40-year age difference. "I can't say that we didn't notice the age difference when we first met," he notes.

"But I can say that after all of these years together," Bennett adds. "We don't notice it much now. We're compatible in all ways."

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