Tony Bennett certainly knows how to keep busy. The 89-year-old singer-songwriter just wrapped up the release of his 45th LP of Jerome Kern covers, “The Silver Linings,” and he has already decided his next project: A Cole Porter album with Lady Gaga. Read on for more details.
Bennett and Gaga have already collaborated on 2014’s chart-topping collection of jazz standards “Cheek to Cheek,” which included the Cole Porter hit “Anything Goes.” Now Bennett and Gaga are going to be back, according to his interview with Vulture, and will collaborate on an entire album of Cole Porter covers.
Bennett told the publication that Porter was the best writer of all in the American Songbook (a collection of American standards), and saying that he and Gaga would have a lot of fun doing their next, yet unnamed project.
On being asked how he feels about collaborating with Gaga, Bennett explained how the two have helped each other:
“Through her telling her audience how much she likes me, all of them became fans of mine, all these young teenagers. On the other hand, by her singing these beautiful songs on the album, the audience I have, all of them said, “God, I never knew she sang that wonderfully.” So we both helped one another.”
According to the prophetic Bennett, Gaga will one day become a big thing on films. It was although he admitted that it was not something he was interested in himself. But he has not seen her in “American Horror Story” yet, and it does not seem like he plans to.
Bennett also spoke movingly about his collaboration with the late Amy Winehouse on “Body and Soul”, calling her ‘one of the most natural, great jazz singers of the world.’ According to Bennett, Winehouse was, “as good as anybody, as good as Billie Holiday, as good as Ella Fitzgerald. She was right in there.”
And Tony Bennet wishes, like most of us do, that somebody would have taught Amy Winehouse to slow down a little.
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