Happy 95th Birthday, Tony Bennett!

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Tony Bennett and Elvis Costello in New York’s Central Park (Photo via Costello’s Facebook page, Aug. 3, 2020)

Celebrated singer Tony Bennett turned 95 on August 3, 2021. Sony Music Entertainment, the parent company for Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings divisions, have endowed a bench in Bennett’s name in Central Park, his most cherished spot in his hometown of NYC.

On Bennett’s birthday, New York State has officially proclaimed the day, Tony Bennett Day. Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement that read, in part: “Not only is Tony a born and bred New Yorker who has been dazzling audiences with beautiful music for more than six decades, but he has always stayed true to his humble New York roots and can always be spotted throughout the City. From growing up as a child of immigrants, to all the contributions he has made to our community, Tony Bennett is a New Yorker in the truest sense of the word.”

The legend will share will share the stage one last time at New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall with fellow native New Yorker Lady Gaga for two nights only to celebrate a decade of music and friendship.

One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will open on August 3, 2021, which is Bennett’s 95th birthday, with a second performance on August 5. Both performances were a quick sell-out when they went on sale to the general public on July 22. Verified re-sale seats are available here.

On Feb. 1, Bennett revealed that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease four years ago. In an interview with AARP, the singing legend and his wife, Susan, shared the heartbreaking news.

The signs were evident during recording sessions with Lady Gaga in 2018, when the pair were working on a follow-up album of standards to 2014’s Cheek to Cheek.

Bennett and Lady Gaga have a new album, Love For Sale, arriving Oct. 1. The first release from the Cole Porter tribute LP, “I Get a Kick Out of You,” was released on Bennett’s 95th birthday.

The bench endowed in Central Park in Tony Bennett’s name

This will be the two music stars’ only shared public concert appearances this summer as the two get ready to release a new collaborative album later this year. The concerts at Radio City will be Bennett’s last NYC performances of his career, set appropriately at a venue that he has enjoyed a multi-decade run of sold-out shows.

The One Last Time performances at Radio City will feature song renditions from the Great American Songbook of popular and jazz standards that Bennett and Gaga have claimed as part of their legacy over the past decade. The Tony Bennett Quartet and the Brian Newman Quintet will be joined by a big band and orchestra conducted by Michael Bearden.

Watch Bennett and Gaga sing a favorite from their 2014 album

Guests will need to be fully vaccinated for One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga at Radio City Music Hall, meaning the event must be at least 14 days after your second dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or at least 14 days after your single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. The only exception is for children under the age of 16, who may provide proof of a negative antigen COVID-19 test, negative PCR COVID-19 test or full vaccination and are accompanied by a vaccinated adult.

Bennett has two other performances listed on his schedule: Sept. 25 in Connecticut and Oct. 17 in Staten Island, NY. Tickets are available here.

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  1. Nonny
    #1 Nonny 3 August, 2021, 11:47

    Happy “95” Birthday Mr Tony Bennet!!
    “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”

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