Tony Bennett Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

11th November 2016

Quote: "I’d like to sing with Beyonce." Crooner Tony Bennett on his 90th birthday career dream.

22nd October 2015

Quote: "It's going to be all Cole Porter songs. He was the best writer of all of them in the Great American Songbook. Highly intelligent. We're going to have a lot of fun doing that." Tony Bennett reveals he and frequent collaborator Lady Gaga are planning to record an album of Cole Porter songs.

3rd August 2015

Fact: Lady GaGa helped to celebrate her old pal Tony Bennett's upcoming 89th birthday on Saturday (01Aug15) by presenting him with a huge cake onstage in Washington, D.C. during the final night of their Cheek to Cheek tour. The pop superstar also serenaded the birthday boy with a rendition of Duke Ellington's I'm Beginning To See The Light as the crowd cheered. The veteran crooner marks his actual birthday on Monday (03Aug15).

28th January 2015

Fact: Lady GaGa and Tony Bennett are the latest artists to join the line-up for the upcoming Grammy Awards on 8 February (15). The singers will reunite to perform a track from their jazz standards album Cheek To Cheek, which is nominated in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal category.

5th December 2014

Tweet: "After winning 17 #Grammys already, it's such a thrill to now be nominated with the great @ladygaga! #BestTradPop". Tony Bennett celebrates his latest Grammy Awards nod for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his Cheek to Cheek duets album with Lady Gaga.

27th October 2014

Fact: Lady GaGa and Tony Bennett have announced more live shows for next year (15). The pair, which collaborated on jazz album Cheek to Cheek, will perform together at planned shows in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and they have now confirmed three more performances - at the Hollywood Bowl in California on 30 May (15), the Royal Albert Hall in London on 8 June (15), and Radio City Music Hall in New York City on 19 June (15).

6th October 2014

Fact: Lady GaGa will ring in 2015 by performing a joint show with Tony Bennett on New Year's Eve (31Dec14) in Las Vegas. The concert will be held at The Cosmopolitan casino and will feature songs from their album Cheek To Cheek.

11th June 2014

Fact: Carrie Underwood performed at the 2014 Samsung Hope For Children gala in New York City on Tuesday (10Jun14) for a star-studded crowd including Jessica Alba, Susan Sarandon and Tony Bennett.

30th September 2013

Fact: mjLady GaGa and Tony Bennett's collaborative jazz album is set to hit retailers in January (14). The unlikely pals headed into the studio this summer (13) to work on the project after teaming up to cover The Lady Is A Tramp for the veteran crooner's Duets Ii in 2011.

9th August 2013

Fact: Comedienne Joy Behar celebrated her final episode as a panellist on U.S. talk show The View on Friday (09Aug13) with guest appearances from funnywoman Joan Rivers, actor Mario Cantone and veteran crooner Tony Bennett. The presenter was also treated to video tributes from Jane Lynch, Steve Martin, Carol Burnett and Debbie Reynolds as she signed off after 16 seasons on air. Model/actress Jenny McCarthy will replace Behar when the 17th season of the show begins in September (13).

23rd March 2013

Fact: Tony Bennett and Lady GaGa will be heading to the studio together in June (13) to record their planned jazz album.

23rd February 2012

Fact: Tony Bennett has been announced as the act who will serenade Oscar winners and losers at the Governors Ball after the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday (26Feb12). More than 1,500 stars and guests are expected to attend the ball in the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

14th February 2012

Quote: "She's magnificent. She's the best British singer I ever heard." Tony Bennett rates Adele above late duet partner Amy Winehouse.

7th February 2012

Fact: Carrie Underwood and Tony Bennett will perform their duet It Had to Be You from Bennett's Duets II album at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (12Feb12). Both stars are nominated for awards.

25th November 2011

Quote: "She's very creative and very productive and I think as time goes on she might become America's Picasso." Tony Bennett has high hopes for duet partner Lady GaGa.

6th October 2011

Quote: "He changed my life. I was moderately popular then Frank called me the best he's heard. Since then I sold out around the world." Veteran crooner Tony Bennett credits Frank Sinatra with helping launch his global career.

5th October 2011

Quote: "She's very interesting, I think she might be becoming one of the greatest ever entertainers that ever lived. She's so brilliant... her instinct, about what to do, it takes years to learn how to put humour into your performance and she does it automatically - she's very bright." Tony Bennett is a big fan of Lady GaGa, who recorded a song with him for his new album, Duets II.

16th September 2011

Fact: Celine Dion and Tony Bennett were among the stars who joined opera star Andrea Bocelli onstage in New York's Central Park on Thursday night (15Sep11). The tenor entertained fans for two hours during the free concert, which was also attended by property mogul Donald Trump.

13th September 2011

Quote: "Fame doesn't mean much to me. I don't have any extravagances - I don't have a boat or a car. I rent my apartment. I'm saving all my money and I'm leaving it to my family." Veteran singer Tony Bennett shuns the high life.

12th September 2011

Quote: "The idea of retirement is like death to me. You work until your last day on this Earth. I don’t know any other way." Tony Bennett plans to work until he dies.

11th September 2011

Fact: Three of crooner Tony Bennett's art pieces are in America's Smithsonian Museum's permanent collection.

11th September 2011

Quote: "She's a beautiful, sweet little Italian girl." Tony Bennett on Lady GaGa, who recorded with the legendary singer for new album Duets Ii.

10th September 2011

Fact: Amy Winehouse's Body & Soul duet with Tony Bennett will be released as a single on what would have been the tragic Brit's 28th birthday (14Sep11). Winehouse died in July (11).

17th August 2011

Quote: "I never met a more talented person in my life... I think she's going to become as big as Elvis Presley." Tony Bennett on Lady GaGa, who joins the crooner for a rendition of The Lady is a Tramp on his new Duets II album.

4th August 2011

Tweet: "Happy Birthday to the legendary Tony Bennett. Been one of the great honors of my career to know him and duet with him." Josh Groban sends his best wishes to the veteran singer, who turned 85 on Wednesday (03Aug11).

21st July 2011

Fact: Carrie Underwood and Tony Bennett are to perform their new duet for a bunch of TV cops in the second season premiere of Tom Selleck's new drama Blue Bloods. The singers will appear as themselves on the episode and they'll perform the standard It Had To Be You at a New York police fundraiser. Underwood and Bennett have recorded the song for the veteran's upcoming album, Duets II.

2nd July 2010

Fact: Tony Bennett proved he is a big fan of Lady GaGa at his concert in London on Thursday night (01Jul10) - he dedicated his track the Good Life to the pop sensation. The concert also saw a star-studded turn-out - Amy Winehouse was in the audience with her father.

21st June 2010

Fact: Tony Bennett and Paul Anka have landed cameo roles in the new SOPHIE TUCKER biopic. The singers will appear in performance scenes in The Outrageous Sophie Tucker, which is currently in production and being directed by Oscar nominee William Gazecki.

19th April 2010

Quote: "The first thing I do after breakfast is I go to the park and start drawing or painting." Legendary crooner Tony Bennett likes to get creative in his spare time.

4th February 2010

Fact: Veteran singer Tony Bennett has painted the official poster for this year's (10) New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival. The star's design, which shows his late friend Louis Priam, will be sold during the annual event, which runs during April.

19th September 2009

Fact: Veteran singer Tony Bennett will open up his own performing arts school in New York on Monday (21Sep09). He's named it the Frank Sinatra School in tribute to his late friend.

2nd September 2008

Fact: Tony Bennett has joined the 2008 Christmas album rush after recording a batch of festive favourites with the COUNT BASIE BIG BAND. A Swingin' Christmas will join holiday releases from Faith Hill, Al Jarreau, Sixpence None The Richer, Aretha Franklin and Sheryl Crow.

25th March 2008

Quote: "I don't want to do anything on this scale again. No more stadiums. I'd like to be the Tony Bennett for my generation." George Michael plans to down-scale his live performances at the end of his current world tour.

5th December 2007

Fact: Veteran crooner Tony Bennett will give a "special performance" in support of U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in New Brunswick, New Jersey later this month (12Dec07). Actor/director Ron Howard has also pledged his support for the New York senator and will host a fundraiser for her campaign at his home in Greenwich, Connecticut in December.

23rd June 2007

Fact: Singer Tony Bennett will present legendary filmmaker Clint Eastwood with the Spirit Of Independence Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival on 28 June (07).

3rd May 2007

Quote: "The world is out of sync right now. The fact is we don't have good leaders. America is still a great country but we lack leadership." Tony Bennett is unimpressed with US President George W Bush.

12th December 2006

Quote: "All I love to do is sing and paint. I don't need a car, I don't need a boat, I don't need a vacation. I'm always on a vacation." 80-year-old crooner Tony Bennett on his simple pleasures.

11th December 2006

Quote: "I was the Madonna of my day, except I never took my clothes off." Legendary crooner Tony Bennett on his 1960s heyday.

8th December 2006

Fact: Tony Bennett missed out on a Grammy Awards nomination yesterday (07DEC06) because his new DUETS album wasn't submitted in time.

5th December 2006

Fact: The American Association Of Retired Persons will sponsor crooner Tony Bennett's 2007 US tour, which begins in April (07).

4th December 2006

Fact: Stevie Wonder has stepped in to present Tony Bennett with the Century Award at tonight's (04DEC06) Billboard Awards in Las Vegas after ailing Celine Dion was forced to pull out of the show.

26th October 2006

Fact: Veteran singer Tony Bennett will appear as a guest judge on British TV show The X Factor this Saturday (28OCT06) alongside Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and LOUIS WALSH

9th February 2006

Quote: <p>"I record with him tomorrow morning on his record. He's the coolest guy." Grammy Awards nominee Michael Buble, who will work with his idol Tony Bennett, who was a winner last night (08FEB06). </p>

9th February 2006

Quote: <p>"I record with him tomorrow morning on his record. He's the coolest guy." Grammy Awards nominee Michael Buble, who will work with his idol Tony Bennett, who was a winner last night (08FEB06). </p>

23rd December 2005

Fact: <p>Guitar great Les Paul, 90, has performed at New York's Iridium Jazz Club every Monday night for the last 20 years. Surprise guests have included Sir Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett. </p>

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