There are few classic performers like Tony Bennett in the world of music. Last August, the legend celebrated his 90th birthday with several offerings that included a Radio City Music Hall performance back in September. That star-studded performance that included Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, k.d. lang, and others, Even Kevin Spacey got in on the event in a singing role. For the benefit of all, a distilled two hour special can be viewed on NBC planned for December 16. The NBC Special is being called Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet To Come.
Also on December 16, RPM Records and historic Columbia Records will be releasing an audio celebration as a companion piece to the television special called Tony Bennett Celebrates 90. The CD will contain eighteen performance tracks by various artists including Mr Bennett himself (see track list below). Added to the CD will be an informative and photo-filled 28-page booklet containing essays by Bill Clinton, Martin Scorsese, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Mandelbaum, Bill Charlap, and Everett Kinsler.
Mark your calendars.
Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 – Tony Bennett
01. The Lady Is a Tramp – Lady Gaga
02. The Good Life – Michael Bublé
03. Ave María – Andrea Bocelli
04. The Very Thought of You / If I Ruled the World; The Very Thought of You\ If I
Ruled the World – Kevin Spacey
05. I’ve Got the World on a String – Diana Krall
06. New York State of Mind – Tony Bennett and Billy Joel
07. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love – Rufus Wainwright
08. A Kiss to Build a Dream On – k.d. lang
09. Visions – Stevie Wonder
10. La Vie en Rose – Lady Gaga
11. Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John
12. Autumn Leaves – Leslie Odom, Jr.
13. Who Cares? – Tony Bennett
14. The Best Is Yet to Come – Tony Bennett
15. I Left My Heart in San Francisco – Tony Bennett
16. I Got Rhythm – Tony Bennett
17. How Do You Keep the Music Playing? – Tony Bennett
18. Happy Birthday – Stevie Wonder