The duo’s second collaborative album is said to be Bennett’s final project
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are releasing a Cole Porter tribute album entitled Love For Sale on October 1st via Interscope/Columbia Records. The album is the second collaborative project by the pair following 2015’s multi-platinum No. 1 Grammy winning album, Cheek to Cheek. The album is also dubbed as Bennett’s final one, according to Variety. Earlier this year, Bennett’s family announced that the 19-time Grammy winner had been diagnosed with age related dementia in 2016 and yet continued to tour internationally and released several albums.
Love For Sale will include solo selections and duets by the pair. A video for “I Get A Kick Out Of You” will premiere at noon ET on Friday, August 6th on MTV.
The album news comes as Bennett celebrates his 95th birthday by sharing the stage with Lady Gaga “One Last Time” at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. The two-night engagement, tonight (Aug 3rd) and Thursday (Aug 5th), will mark Bennett’s final live concert appearance in New York City. The shows sold out shortly after they went on sale to the public last week.
His birthday is being celebrated with a host of accolades and tributes. New York State has proclaimed today Tony Bennett Day.
“Music and the arts have long been an essential piece of the fabric of New York, and you would be hard-pressed to find someone who has made more of a contribution in this space than Tony Bennett,” New York Governor Cuomo shares. “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 whether he is working on his next painting in Central Park, or just chatting with fans on the street. 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 and I am honored to proclaim August 3, 2021 as ‘Tony Bennett Day’ in New York.”
Sony Music Entertainment has endowed a bench in Bennett’s name in Central Park, his most cherished spot in his hometown of NYC. The Adopt-A-Bench program supports the Central Park Conservancy, the nonprofit that manages and cares for Central Park.
“Sony Music wishes Tony Bennett the happiest of birthdays as he turns 95,” states Richard Story, President of Sony Music Entertainment’s Commercial Music Group. “Tony is an American treasure who became an international phenomenon and has chronicled his lifelong love affair with New York City in his music and his paintings. It is an honor to dedicate this bench to Tony in his beloved Central Park, where he has experienced so much joy and inspiration across the years.”
Bennett continues to visit the park regularly and has sketched and painted the landmark’s surroundings in over 70 pieces of original artwork. The bench endowed in Bennett’s honor is located at the east side of Center Drive when entering the Park at Central Park South and 6th Avenue and displays a plaque.
Celebrated friends including Alec Baldwin, Robert DeNiro and Keith Richards sent birthday wishes that are up on Bennett’s socials now and more will be posting birthday wishes to the 19-time Grammy winner throughout the day.
Tony Bennett was born in Astoria, Queens in 1926. He is a Grammy and Emmy Award winner, a Gershwin Award and Kennedy Center honoree and an accomplished visual artist with three of his original paintings in the Smithsonian Institute’s permanent collection. With his wife Susan Benedetto, he established Exploring the Arts to support arts education in public high schools, which was initiated by the creation of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens.
- It’s De-Lovely
- Night and Day
- Love For Sale
- Do I Love You
- I Concentrate On You
- I Get a Kick Out of You
- So In Love
- Let’s Do It
- Just One of Those Things
- Dream Dancing
- I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Deluxe)
- You’re The Top (Deluxe)