Happy 95th Birthday to a living legend, Tony Bennett! So many people dream about reaching retirement age, but he was still performing regularly until his recent diagnosis of dementia. He has released a whopping 60 albums, 11 live albums, and 33 compilation albums in his career.
He first hit the charts in 1951 with a number 1 song, Because of You and last hit the charts in 2011 with the song Body and Soul. Today, in honor of his 95th birthday, Lady Gaga released “I Get a Kick Out of You,” which you can hear by clicking below:
The song is from their latest studio collaborations “Love For Sale” which is set to hit stores October 1st. Love for Sale, per a release, will be Bennett’s last studio recording.
In a piece in AARP the Magazine, Bennett’s family noted that music has been a key part of the singer’s health regimen: His regular performances up until the pandemic seemed to keep him sharp, while during Covid-19 lockdown he regularly rehearsed at home with his longtime pianist Lee Musiker.
Tony and Lady Gaga are set to perform at Radio City Music Hall tonight and on August 5th.
In high school, I took a Senior Elective class called Life In America. In the unit on pop music, the teacher explained that the song “The Shadow of Your Smile” was one of the most difficult to sing. He also used Tony’s version as the best. If you have never heard it, you have to give it a listen. He does a fantastic job.
Happy Birthday, Tony! I hope to be as active and healthy as you at 95!