Tony Bennett Celebrates 90th Birthday With Deluxe Release, Prime-Time Special
November 23, 2016 at 11:56 AM (PT)
For a guy who just celebrated his 90th birthday in AUGUST, TONY BENNETT is one busy guy. While he is set to appear in tomorrow's MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE, the world-class crooner will release "TONY BENNETT Celebrates 90" on RPM RECORDS/COLUMBIA RECORDS on DECEMBER 16th as a standard and deluxe edition.
The standard CD is a companion to the forthcoming NBC prime-time special, “TONY BENNETT Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet To Come,” which airs on DECEMBER 20th at 9p (ET/PT). The special was filmed in front of a live audience at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL on SEPTEMBER 15th and features performances by LADY GAGA, STEVIE WONDER, MICHAEL BUBLE, ANDREA BOCELLI, KEVIN SPACEY and many others. Performances by BILLY JOEL and ELTON JOHN were taped at alternate locations and will appear in the broadcast and on the CD.
The package also includes an extended 28-page booklet featuring appreciation essays contributed by PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON, MARTIN SCORSESE, HARRY BELAFONTE, JOHNNY MANDEL, BILL CHARLAP and EVERETT RAYMOND KINSTLER. All pre-orders will include an instant gratis track of TONY’s recording of “I Got Rhythm.” from the CD.
“TONY BENNETT Celebrates 90: The Deluxe Edition” is a three-CD set that is an AMAZON exclusive, which includes the standard CD as well as two additional CDs featuring rare and previously unreleased studio and live performance tracks from throughout his career. The set also includes a 28-page booklet with a comprehensive decade-by-decade account of TONY’s life and career written by WILL FRIEDWALD.
BENNETT’s fifth book, "Just Getting Started," was published NOVEMBER 15th. BENNETT collaborated with renowned journalist SCOTT SIMON to celebrate the people and places who have helped, influence and steer him along the way, among them his parents, FRANK SINATRA, DUKE ELLINGTON, ELLA FITZGERALD, LADY GAGA, PABLO PICASSO and SAN FRANCISCO, among others.
BENNETT will also be performing on “CHRISTMAS in ROCEFELLER CENTER," airing on NBC on NOVEMBER 30th.