Lady Gaga on Tony Bennett: 'I've been controlled for years. He liberates me' - Telegraph
What is it about Frank Sinatra's enduring appeal? Sinatra — along with Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and a small group of other singers. Tony Bennett salutes Frank Sinatra, for showing the way. Tony Bennett talked about his unique friendship with Frank Sinatra and the invaluable lessons his learned from him on The Tonight Show.
That was just amazing for me.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga Image: He was just the best, a wonderful friend. He was just the very best of all the singers.Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga - The Lady is a Tramp (from Duets II: The Great Performances)
Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse Image: They married in but separated eight years later. And as his sales fell and his tax bill rose he turned to drugs.
In he overdosed on cocaine and passed out in the bath. It was a turning point in his life.
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Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra Image: Getty By Tony had re-signed to Columbia, his original label, and scored his first chart hit in 14 years with the album The Art of Excellence. Father and son gradually rebuilt the Bennett brand to the point where, at the age of 80 inhe recorded his landmark album Duets: An American Classic with a host of modern stars.
He did it again five years later with the follow-up, Duets II, when he met Amy Winehouse to record a cover of the jazz standard Body and Soul. He knew she was struggling with drugs and alcohol and hoped to help her recovery with an invitation to perform at his 85th birthday show that October. But she died 10 weeks before the event.
Still sounding haunted by the loss, Tony says: I was going to tell her to slow down. Nervous about appearing in such a production, he turned to Sinatra for advice, who guided him through the predicament with some choice words.
Lady Gaga on Tony Bennett: 'I've been controlled for years. He liberates me'
He excites me when I watch him. Sinatra was also helpful in keeping his friends in the public eye. Ingoing through a parting of ways with Columbia, his own record label Improv collapsing, and general ticket and album sales decreasing, coupled with home troubles, Bennett was skating on thin ice. Bennett was often quoted that still being held in high regard by figures like Sinatra were among the things that saved him during this time of his life.
Today, it has one of highest graduation rates in the entire city.
Given the stature of his voice currently, I highly doubt Bennett will be stopping anytime soon. Until next time, Sinatra lovers!
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