TONY BENNETT: VIVA DUETS to Be Released Worldwide 10/23

Legendary performer and 17-Time GRAMMY winner Tony Bennett, who celebrates his 86th birthday on Friday, August 3rd, releases his latest CD, Tony Bennett: VIVA DUETS, worldwide on Tuesday, October 23rd on Columbia Records.  VIVA DUETS, is the singer's third duets-themed project, following the platinum selling and critically praised DUETS and DUETS II CDs. Featuring many top names in the Latin recording industry, VIVA DUETS finds Bennett performing his greatest hits with a celebrated roster of artists including Marc Anthony, Miguel Bose, Robert Carlos, Ana Carolina, Chayanne, Franco DeVita, Gloria Estefan, Vicente Fernandez, Maria Gadu,  Juan Luis Guerra, Dani Martin, Romeo Santos, Thalia and Vicentico, with additional duet guests to be announced. A truly international endeavor, VIVA DUETS, features performances in English, Spanish and Portuguese with artists representing eight countries and three continents.  Tony Bennett: VIVA DUETS can be ordered for pre-sale on Amazon now at http://amzn.to/OptuTc.  In celebration of Tony's 86th birthday on August 3rd, he is sending a gift to all his fans by premiering the first audio clip from Viva Duets featuring a performance with Chayanne of his classic hit, "The Best is Yet To Come." Visit tonybennett.com tomorrow morning at 9 am to hear the duet!

Tony Bennett is known for recording duets live and VIVA DUETS was no exception, with sessions recorded in Ft. Lauderdale, New York, and in the case of famed Mexican performer Vicente Fernandez, on his 400 acre ranch in Guadalajara. All of the tracks are from Bennett's extensive hit catalog, with the exception of the duet with Vicente Fernandez, which features an English/Spanish version of the song, "Return To Me," originally recorded by Dean Martin. VIVA DUETS presents Bennett's classic songs with an international flavor that will generate widespread appeal for this unique multi-lingual presentation. Working with this unprecedented list of Latin artist, many of whom he met for the first time in the recording studio, Bennett commented, "Each of these artists were so warm and welcoming that there was an instant rapport. Latin music has always been about melody and harmony and a lot of soul, so there was a very close artistic connection with each duet guest.  I am absolutely thrilled about the record."

Tony's first two duet projects, DUETS and DUETS II, both achieved platinum sales, multiple GRAMMY awards and were the best selling albums in his career to date. Bennett made music industry history when DUETS II  entered Billboard's Top 200 at the #1 position, making him the oldest artist, at the age of 85, to have a CD in the top spot.  The DUETS project also had international acclaim, hitting the top of the charts in several countries including Portugal and Mexico.

The current track listing for Tony Bennett: VIVA DUETS is as follows:

"For Once In My Life" with Marc Anthony
"Don't Get Around Much Anymore" with Miguel Bose
"The Very Thought of You" with Ana Carolina
"The Best Is Yet to Come" with Chayanne
"The Good Life" with Franco DeVita
"Who Can I Turn To?" with Gloria Estefan
"Return to Me (Regresa A Mi)" with Vicente Fernandez
"Blue Velvet" with Maria Gadu
"Just in Time" with Juan Luis Guerra
"Are You Havin' Any Fun?" with Dani Martin
"The Way You Look Tonight" with Thalia
"Cold, Cold Heart" with Vicentico

(Song selections for Roberto Carlos and Romeo Santos TBD)

ABOUT Tony Bennett:

Just days before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy, the great-grandparents of the singer Tony Bennett took a major leap of faith and embarked on steamship, along with hundreds of other Italian immigrants of limited means, seeking a better life in America.  Little did they know that their great-grandson would make the American Dream come to life as an Italian-American born in New York City during The Great Depression, to become one of the most legendary singers of popular song in the world…..Tony Bennett.

No one in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence than Tony Bennett.  The essence of his longevity and high artistic achievement was imbued in him in his loving childhood home in the Astoria section of Queens where he was born on August 3, 1926 under his given name, Anthony Domenick Benedetto.  His father died when Tony was 10 and his mother, Anna, raised Tony and his older brother and sister, John and Mary, in a home surrounded by loving relatives who were Tony's first fans filling him with encouragement and optimism.  Each Sunday, his family would gather in a circle while Tony and his siblings performed for them.  "Although these were very tough times for everyone, our family connection was so strong and positive that I felt very lucky and it was during those Sundays of my childhood that I knew being a performer was what I was meant to do with my life."  He attended the High School of Industrial Arts in Manhattan, where he continued nurturing his two passions, singing and painting, but at the age of 16 he had to leave school to find a job to assist his widowed mother, who worked as a seamstress, with meeting their expenses.  As Tony recalls, "It was a regret that I was not able to finish my formal education, so ever since then, every day, I am still studying and learning things, and I am always reading books. Even today as I approach 86 years of age, I am still learning more and more -- I am what I call a perpetual student.  My education really was the "school of life."




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