A look at 10 top Tony Bennett collaborations.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
On Saturday at 10:50pm in the Jimmy Lyons Arena, the silky-voiced 2006 NEA Jazz Master Tony Bennett – who last performed the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2005 – will close out day two with his repertoire of lasting hits.
In addition to his unequivocally mellifluous voice, Bennett has also become known for his star-studded duets that sometimes, on paper, don’t look like they’d work. But they always do. Some of the pairings – think Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse – have even helped the longtime crooner score an entirely new generation of listeners, while simultaneously introducing them to classic songs. Next month, the 85-year-old will release Viva Duets – last year’s Duets II led to Bennett’s first Number 1 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 Album list – featuring collaborations with some of the Latin music’s biggest stars including Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan and Chayanne. Here’s a list of 10 Bennett duets worth checking out.
Stevie Wonder: “Everyday (I Have the Blues)” and “For Once in My Life”
Ray Charles: “Evenin’”
Willie Nelson: “On the Sunny Side of the Street”
B.B. King: “Let the Good Times Roll”
James Taylor: “Put On a Happy Face”
Aretha Franklin: “How Do You Keep the Music Playing”
Norah Jones: “Speak Low”
Amy Winehouse: “Body and Soul”
Paul McCartney: “The Very Thought of You”
Elvis Costello: “Are You Havin’ Any Fun?”