Legendary singer Tony Bennett (95) announced his retirement from the stage after two concerts with Lady Gaga at Radio City Music Hall in New York on August 3 and 5. Bennett and Lady Gaga Album released in 2014 cheek to cheek. Regarding her bond with the crooner, Gaga summed it up succinctly: “She saved my life.”
The news of Tony Bennett’s retirement didn’t shock the world show business; Last March, his wife Susan Crowe said that The singer was suffering from progressive Alzheimer’s, which leads to memory loss and is considered a form of dementia of old age that prevents him from connecting with reality.
“He doesn’t know we’re in a pandemic, for example,” said his partner, who carefully constructed his home, the 15th floor of a skyscraper at the southern end of Central Park, a three-bedroom glass box with windows where the sun spreads freely. and New York on its feet. Bennett once defined his home as “any painter’s dream.”
Tony Bennett with his dogs. Instagram photo
Declaration of his Alzheimer’s
His wife sought to help break the stigma that permeates mental illness and to which we can include cancer, with the ad. Bennett is suffering, perhaps that is not the right word because she has no idea what she is suffering from, this incurable, unpredictable disease that keeps the patient inside state of extreme fragility. There were already clear signs during the album’s recording with Lady Gaga and her brief intervention during the album’s dissemination work.
Despite illness, diagnosed in 2016 Bennett has displayed a powerful energy in recent years; After his album with Lady Gaga, he released silver linings, with music by composer Jerome Kern, in 2016 and love is here to stay With pianist and singer Diana Krall in 2018.
an artistic career Started humming in 1936, with only ten years and ends in 2021, with 95, a complete record that was reflected in many great record works, such as his two albums with the Count Basie Orchestra, In the Fifties, or Those Two Beautiful Albums in a duet with pianist Bill Evans. in the 1970s.
Tony Bennett and his wife Susan Crowe, 40 years his junior. She told about Alzheimer’s disease from which the singer is suffering.
Tony Bennett has over 70 recorded works, Just over 50 million records sold, some of them like i left my heart in san francisco (1962), MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett (1994) or Couple, an American classic (2006) Absolute sales record and 19 Grammy Awards.
His first record because of you, in 1951, featured a talented young man with a brilliant voice, a jazzy twist and clearly a profile singer.
Anthony Benedetto was born on August 3, 1926, in Queens, New York, the son of an Italian-American family. Came to participate in World War II as an infantryman, in Europe. He grew up amidst the poverty of a country hit by the severe economic downturn of 1929.
But there was music in their surroundings; Heard Al Jonson, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and Jazz Artists Louis Armstrong or his countryman, Joe Venutti. At the age of ten he was already singing with his uncle, Dick, a tap dancer, but he was attracted not only to singing, but also to drawing, in which he was like a cartoonist as a child. was visible.
He studied music and painting at the School of Industrial Art in New York, which he left at the age of 16 to work and was able to support his family financially; At the age of 18, in 1944, at the end of World War II, he enlisted as an infantry rifleman and after his transfer to France. Participated in the last attacks against Nazism in Germany, an experience he defined as a “front row seat in hell”.
in New York again
He returned to New York in 1946, where, along with jazz, he learned the bel canto technique and studied the style and phrasing of two great reformers, saxophonist Stan Getz and pianist Art Tatum. In 1949, Bob Hope discovered him at the Greenwich Village club, took him on tour, and shortened his name to Tony Bennett.
after the success of because of you, which spent ten weeks in the top ten best-selling records and surpassed one million copies sold, Bennett focused on developing a highly commercially oriented career. In 1952, cold, cold heart u blue Velvet were huge successes and inspired him to perform seven times a day at the Paramount Theatre, New York, soYour first show was at 10:30 in the morning.
Tony Bennett. In his most successful moment, he performed seven times a day, starting at 10:30 in the morning.
her voice, her warmth and that palpable smileE they managed to generate a stream of affection for Bennett over fashion; When rock and roll debuted in the mid-1950s, the artist hardly felt the effects of this powerful change on young people’s tastes. In addition, in 1957 he launched my heart beats With his collaborations and remembered hits with jazz scene musicians such as Art Blakey, Joe Jones, Herbie Mann, Nat Adderley and the Count Basie Orchestra Chicago.
somehow, His proximity to jazz linked him to Frank Sinatra.Although he had his own style, being a ballad of incredible expressiveness, his ability to transmit placed him – his success alone – among the public’s favourites.
In 1962, he established his reputation with a stellar performance at Carnegie Hall with a band made up of jazz musicians and with the release of. i left my heart in san francisco.
We can say that with the advent of Beatles music in the United States, all popular music singers lost a significant place and Bennett was no exception. The generation was imposed on any discussion about the quality of interpreters.
Tony Bennett honored on “The Simpsons”
Everyone Your recorder’s attempts to record you commercial music were unsuccessful. And when he did it reluctantly, it didn’t go well either. He compared this time with an accurate analogy about his mother, an excellent seamstress. “It’s like when my mom was forced to make a cheap dress.”
He lived in London for some time, established his own improv label, recorded two famous albums with Bill Evans, and then in the late seventies, he moved to Las Vegas, where he continued without getting a clear direction. . Cocaine overdose brought him close to death.
He called on his sons Danny and Day for help: “I’m lost and people don’t want to hear what I do.” Between 1979 and 1986, his son Danny rebuilt his father’s career, not only weaning him away from substances, but also cleaning him from the image of a Las Vegas casino singer, and returning to his historic Columbia label, where From then he released his album. art of excellence, which hit the sales charts. Bennett was on the road again.
Tony Bennett crosses generations with his voice. He will retire at the age of 95. Photo Joseph Prezioso / AFP
your child’s work
Danny Bennett’s impression, which remains his main support in the music business today, won him new audiences among young people, something that ensured sales levels; participated in television programs What Late Night with David Letterman, the Simpson, the Muppets And the plan worked without losing his enduring quest for artist quality.
“I realized that the youth had never heard the songs of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and asked who wrote it? To them they were different and if you are different then you are different.” Well, beyond these valid evaluations, Bennett’s vocal quality was extremely expressive. And it can be a strong romantic or nostalgic feeling without sugar.
Bennett reappears on MTV in 1994 and records an impeccable live album. MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett Which goes platinum and wins the Grammy Award for Best Album of the Year. In 1998 he takes the stage in an impeccable suit and tie in a celebration through mud and water in Glastonbury, England, and the audience rejoices.
Bennett manages to transcend generational, is appreciated and liked by the audience who respect him as a distinguished grandfather. This stream of affection places the artist in a privileged position. Won Grammy Awards and for Contribution to the Record Industry Place Your Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame When developing a systematic charitable activity.
He defines himself as a humanist: “My life experiences made me a lifelong humanist and pacifist, from the outbreak of war to marching with Martin Luther King.”
His discs in duets, already in the 2000s, are perfected, with Bennett showing a huge potential for various artists to raise their musical stature; We can say that he manages to get the best out of each of them.
His duet with Amy Winehouse (which marks the tenth anniversary of his death this Friday) is spectacular. With the album with Lady Gaga, she also entered the Guinness World Records for being the oldest artist to reach #1 on the sales chart in the United States. There was nothing lacking in his life.
Tony Bennett, a singer with a unique voice who always chose his repertoire. AP Photo/Ivan Agostini
we can’t stop talking His other passion, painting, exhibited in several art galleries; And two of his works are in the permanent collections of the National Arts Club, in Gramercy Park, New York, and the Smithsonian American Museum, Washington.
The announcement of his illness blackened the two concerts he gave with Lady Gaga in Radio City, New York; His audience is advised that this will be the farewell of Tony Bennett, a farewell filled with sympathy and understanding for this great artist.