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Remembering Tony Bennett


Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

Remembering Tony Bennett

I remember Tony Bennett!

In the 1960's on the TV variety shows and specials. That seems like a long time ago.

Tony Bennett was a singer that with what he knew to be his calling, what he was best at. the songs I heard him sing in 1962 were the same songs he sang up until the time of his recent death.

God gives each of us gifts and Tony Bennett had his!


"Tony Bennett, original name Anthony Dominick Benedetto, (born August 3, 1926, Astoria, Queens, New York, U.S.—died July 21, 2023, New York City), American popular singer known for his smooth voice and interpretive abilities with songs in a variety of genres.

Bennett, the son of a grocer, spent his boyhood in Astoria, New York, studying singing and painting. At the behest of his vocal instructor, Bennett immersed himself in the music of instrumentalists, rather than that of vocalists, which provided him with a solid foundation in jazz. He served three years in the army during World War II and embarked on a singing career in 1949. Bennett’s break came the following year when Bob Hope heard him in a nightclub and invited him to share the stage during Hope’s engagement at New York’s Paramount Theatre. At the time, Bennett was working under the stage name of Joe Bari, which Hope thought was unmemorable. Reasoning that his given name of Anthony Benedetto was “too long to fit on the marquee,” Hope rechristened the young singer Tony Bennett...from the article: Tony Bennett American Singer


Tony Bennett, Beloved Standards Crooner Who Bridged Generations, Dead at 96

"One of music's last standards-bearer found a new generation of fans later in his career


Tony Bennett, the affable pre-rock standards crooner who came to be newly appreciated and beloved by everyone from the grunge generation to Lady Gaga, died on Friday. He was 96. Bennett’s publicist, Sylvia Weiner, confirmed the singer’s death to Rolling Stone, adding that he died in his hometown of New York City.

A cause of death was not specified. But in 2016, Bennett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and began experiencing memory loss, one of the leading symptoms of the disease (which has no known cure). Bennett’s condition, though, was not announced publicly until early 2021..." from the article: Tony Bennett, Beloved Standards Crooner Who Bridged Generations, Dead at 96


Video from CBS News


"Legendary singer Tony Bennett died Friday morning at the age of 96. CBS News' Danya Bacchus looks back at the crooner's life and legacy." from video introduction


Tony Bennett: Forget Me Not | BIOGRAPHY | A Celebration of the Legendary Singer

"Tony Bennett is one of America's most treasured singers and one of the few remaining crooners of his era. Raised during the great depression, Tony Bennett made his way to the top using his voice and passion for music. Tony Bennett Lady Gaga Bob Hope Dr Gayatri Devi Susan Crow Whoopi Goldberg Quincy Jones 2022 Directed by Remarni Ramchaitar-Jackman." from video introduction


Tony Bennett - I'll Be Seeing You (Official Video)

Video from Tony Bennett


"Tony Bennett performing "I'll Be Seeing You"

Chorus: I'll be seeing you in all the old familiar places That this heart of mine embraces All day through In that small cafe The park across the way The children's carosel That chesnut tree The wishing well" from video introduction


The Duets

Video from Lady Gaga


This duet with Lady Gaga was recorded in 2021 when the effects of the Alzheimers was becoming more evident. Yet Tony Bennett remained on point!


From Lady Gaga to Amy Winehouse and Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett Was the King of Duets

The iconic singer, who died at age 96, released Grammy-winning collaborations with some of the greatest acts of all time, including Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Celine Dion and George Michael


Who didn’t Tony Bennett duet with?

The legendary singer was famously known for his Grammy-winning, platinum-selling Duet albums that featured everyone from Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse to Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand.

Here, we celebrate the collaborative efforts of Bennett, who died Friday at age 96.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga ditched the upbeat, electronic dance sound that made her popular to work with Bennett on jazz music, a genre she had been singing since she was a teenager. The New Yorkers first collaborated on “The Lady Is a Tramp” from Bennett’s 2011 release Duets II. The pairing was so perfect they went on to record 2014’s Cheek to Cheek, with Bennett and Gaga hoping to turn more kids to jazz music. “[Gaga] has a vast group of young people who love her, and they’ve never heard popular jazz music, classical American music … and my ambition was to do this album so they would get acquainted with that music,” Bennett told The Associated Press..." from the article: From Lady Gaga to Amy Winehouse and Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett Was the King of Duets


A Kennedy Center Tribute to Tony Bennett (1926-2023)

Video from The Kennedy Center

"Described by Quincy Jones as the "soulful messenger of songs," TonyBennett's artistry revealed the timeless gifts of the Great American Songbook and a treasure of other unforgettable songs that make up his legacy." from kennedycenter.org


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