Tony Bennett, composer of popular songs such as "I Left My Heart in San Francisco", died at the age of 96, two weeks before his birthday.
His publisher Slyvia Weiner said Bennett died in New York. Although the cause of his death was not disclosed, it is known that Bennett was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2016.
One of the great 20th century lounge singers, Bennett released more than 70 albums and won 19 Grammys.
He sang duets with many musicians, from his friend and teacher Frank Sinatra to the famous pop singer Lady Gaga. Frank Sinatra said of Bennett in an interview, "For my money, Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business. He excites me when I watch him. He moves me. He's the singer who gets across what the composer has in mind, and probably a little more," he praised.
In 2014, at the age of 88, Bennett broke his own record as the oldest living artist when his duet project with Lady Gaga, "Cheek to Cheek," hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Three years ago, he topped the charts with "Duets II", his latest studio recording featuring contemporary stars such as Gaga, Carrie Underwood and Amy Winehouse.
Two years ago, in 2016, Bennett announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. But despite this, he continued to make albums. He even said, "Life is a gift, even with Alzheimer's".
Although he continued recording albums as much as he could, Bennett gave a farewell concert at Radio CityMusic Hall on August 3, 2021 and then retired.
Born on August 3, 1926 in New York City, the full name of the famous singer is Anthony Dominick Benedetto. Bennett, who started singing at an early age, served in the American army during the World War II. Bennett, who fought in Europe, started to pursue his career in music at the end of the war.
Bennett's fans were deeply saddened when they received the news of his death. The music world has lost a legend.
Source: AP News