Tony Bennett Celebrates His 85th Birthday With â€˜Duets IIâ€™
August 4, 2011 at 4:41 PM (PT)
Legendary performer TONY BENNETT turned 85 on YESTERDAY (8/3). To help him celebrates, a broad variety of top-notch artists have recorded duets with the icon for a second volume of shared vocals.
Duets II features NORAH JONES, JOHN MAYER, K.D. LANG, SHERYL CROW, LADY GAGA, MARIAH CAREY, MICHAEL BUBLÉ, ARETHA FRANKLIN, WILLIE NELSON, NATALIE COLE, FAITH HILL, QUEEN LATIFAH, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, AMY WINEHOUSE and others revisiting some of the greats from AMERICA’s songbook.
BENNETT’s official 85th birthday celebration will be held on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th following his debut performance at the METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE. The elegant invitation-only supper will take place directly after the concert and will be hosted by ALEC BALDWIN, with a special performance by SIR ELTON JOHN. The event honors BENNETT’s EXPLORING THE ARTS organization, which funds and supports arts education in all five boroughs in NEW YORK CITY.
Several national television appearances are slated for Duets II week of release (8/20) and throughout the fall. Duets II is the follow-up to the multi-platinum CD, Duet, released in conjunction with TONY’s 80th birthday in 2006. It won three Grammy Awards and was the singer’s best selling CD to date. PHIL RAMONE produced both projects.
For more, visit www.tonybennett.com.