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NEWS: Tony Bennett’s 92nd birthday and a new album with Diana Krall announced

Tony Bennett and Diana Krall in the recording studio for Love Is Here To Stay
Photo: © Mark Seliger


Peter Bacon reports:

Happy 92nd birthday today to Tony Bennett! As part of the celebrations, Verve Records has announced the release of a new album of duets with Diana Krall, backed by the Bill Charlap Trio, and dedicated to the music of George and Ira Gershwin.

The album is called Love Is Here To Stay and will be released on 14 September, in time for the 120th anniversary of George Gershwin’s birth on 26 September.

“No one expected me to compose music. I just did. What I have done is what was in me; the combination of New York, where I was born, and the rising, exhilarating rhythm of it, with centuries of hereditary feeling back of me.” George Gershwin said that in 1926, coincidentally the year of Tony Bennett’s birth.

 

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