Just finished watching the CBS Special with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga from Radio City in New York. At 95 and Alzheimer Disease becoming an issue, his manager son, and others, decided it was time to wind things down, as far as on stage performances.
This made for TV concert was taped back in August, and the audience, who gave him an endless amount of standing ovations (I lost count) was a real Who's Who of celebrities and VIP's; including Bill Clinton. It was wonderful to see all ages in the audience looking on with admiration and appreciation as Tony and Lady Gaga worked their way through a highly enjoyable playlist of jazz classics. At the end, she slowly walked him off stage as he waved to the adoring crowd.
Watching it made me a bit weepy eyed as Tony Bennett was one of my late Mom's favorites. It's impossible for me to hear him sing "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" without thinking about her. I was in a Walgreens walking on a Saturday in the city and I dipped in to see all the activity. This particular store on Powell Street is loaded with souvenirs, and I walked back to the middle part of the store to check out all the variety of things, when all of a sudden, Tony Bennett, right on cue, came blaring out of the overhead speaker singing "I Left My Heart..." and I thought, "This one's for you, Mom." (Actually, it kind of startled me a bit. "Mom, is that you speaking to me from beyond?"). The timing was uncanny.
It goes without saying, this man at 95, is such an inspiration to so many. His voice still so powerful and authentic. And that he remembers all the lyrics is beyond amazing. CBS Sunday Morning did a really great piece on him and his wife Susan. You can find it on You Tube. (Isn't everything on You Tube?).
A charming performer. Class act. Talented painter. And oh, by the way, he sings real well too.