I can think of no better place to begin this program than LOVE FOR SALE, the new collaborative album from Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, which was released on October 1st. This historic album will be Tony's last studio recording, showcasing the Cole Porter songbook of classic popular music with both duet and solo selections from both artists. Tony Bennett celebrated his 95th Birthday on August 3rd. On August 3rd and 5th he shared the stage with Lady Gaga at Radio City Music Hall with sold out performances of the show ONE LAST TIME: AN EVENING WITH TONY BENNETT AND LADY GAGA performing the songs he has spent a lifetime singing.
The album LOVE FOR SALE was an idea the two performers discussed shortly after their first album, CHEEK TO CHEEK, debuted at #1 on the Billboard album charts upon its release in 2015. Their new album features a mix of jazz ensemble, big band and orchestral arrangements. At the time of the recording sessions, Bennett had already been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, a condition the family made public in a disclosure earlier this year. From that history making album, I will play the title track. In future programs, I will have an in depth look at Tony Bennett's final album and performances.
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