Music icon, Bette Midler speaks on the “talent and joy” that jazz and show tunes singer, Tony Bennett gives us all.
After announcing that he’s living with Alzheimer’s on social media, Tony Bennett has received support from fans and celebrities alike. Midler shared Tony’s post and honored the “humble magic” that Bennett offers the world.
Midler wrote, “The great #TonyBennett has announced that he is living with Alzheimer’s. This is a tough one, but what a life, what talent and joy he has so generously shared with the world. The Performing Arts school he & Susan started here in NYC? Named it after #FrankSinatra. #humblemagic”
Tony Bennett’s Family Asked For Lady Gaga’s Blessing
Bennett and Gaga first met at the Robin Hood Foundation gala in New York City in 2011. After that, the two music icons recorded “The Lady is a Tramp.” Frank Sinatra originally made the song famous. The recording was a hit and Bennett and Gaga made plans to collaborate on an album. The two released their jazz record, Cheek to Cheek in 2014. The album debuted at number one in the U.S. Just two years after the album’s release, Bennett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
However, the diagnosis hasn’t stopped Tony. In fact, according to an article about his diagnosis for AARP, Bennett and Gaga are releasing a second album this Spring. According to the article, the record “offers lush, gorgeous duets, with both singers in superb voice.” However, his family says that Bennett will not be able to participate in promotional interviews for the album. Therefore, instead of trying to navigate around the interviews in secret, Bennett’s family decided to tell the world about Tony’s diagnosis. However, before doing so, Tony’s son asked for Lady Gaga’s blessing.
“I wanted to check with her to make sure she was cool,” said Danny Bennett. “Because she watches his back all the time. She was like, ‘Absolutely, it’s just another gift that he can give to the world.'”
Undoubtedly, listening to the new Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga collaboration will be a gift of hope to the families of everyone who struggles with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.