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Tony Bennett Celebrates His 85th Birthday on August 3rd LADY GAGA AND ARETHA FRANKLIN JOIN SUPERSTAR ROSTER FOR SEPTEMBER 20 DUETS II CD

DUETS II PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE TUESDAY 8/2 ON iTUNES AND AMAZON

OFFICIAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION HELD AT EXPLORING THE ARTS GALA ON SEPTEMBER 18TH-- OVER $1.5 M ALREADY RAISED IN ADVANCE OF EVENT TO BE HOSTED BY ALEC BALDWIN WITH SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY ELTON JOHN

NEW YORK, Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Legendary performer Tony Bennett celebrates a milestone birthday on August 3rd when he turns 85.  But "the best is yet to come" with news that the singer has just completed recording with Lady Gaga and Aretha Franklin for his highly anticipated DUETS II CD adding to a celebrated list of artists previously announced including Michael Buble, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Queen Latifah, Carrie Underwood, Amy Winehouse and many others.  

(Photo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110801/NY45257 )

Lady Gaga joined Tony for a rendition of the Rogers and Hart song, "The Lady Is A Tramp" and Bennett and Franklin collaborated on the Alan and Marilyn Bergman classic, "How Do You Keep The Music Playing."  Both tracks were recorded live in the studio in New York City at the end of last month.  A full listing of the artist and song roster follows this release.

Pre-orders for DUETS II are available Tuesday, August 2nd on iTunes and Amazon and bn.com.  iTunes, in an exclusive offering, will allow fans to  receive Tony's duet with Michael Buble, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," instantly upon placing a pre-order for the album on iTunes.  Additionally, the video for the Bennett/Buble track is available free this week on iTunes and showcases the great vocal chemistry between the two artists. Pre-orders through www.tonybennett.com will get fans an exclusive video of Tony and k.d. lang's duet of "Blue Velvet," as well as an instant MP3 download of the track.  DUETS II will be in stores on September 20.

VIEW DUETS II GUESTS SUCH AS ARETHA FRANKLIN, JOHN MAYER, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, MICHAEL BUBLE AND SHERYL CROW WISHING TONY A HAPPY 85TH BIRTHDAY:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay1MsL-oY88

Bennett's official 85th birthday celebration will be held on Sunday, September 18th following his debut performance at the Metropolitan Opera House. The elegant invitation only supper will take place directly after the concert and will be hosted by Alec Baldwin with a special performance by Sir Elton John.  The event honors Bennett's Exploring the Arts organization which funds and supports arts education in all five boroughs in New York City.  In advance of the event, over $1.5M has already been raised. (For more information on the event: TonyBennett85@eventassociates.com) Tony Bennett has had a long-standing commitment to arts education in New York City.  Ten years ago with his wife Susan Benedetto, he founded the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (FSSA) one of the most well regarded and prestigious high schools in the country.  It is located in his hometown of Astoria, Queens.   

In support of Exploring the Arts, Tiffany & Co. is donating for auction  a unique "Breakfast At Tiffany" with Tony Bennett in-store event that also includes tickets to Tony's Metropolitan Opera concert and birthday gala, a personalized Tony Bennett giclee art print,  as well as a $10,000 Tiffany private shopping experience and tour of the famed store. This exceptional auction package will be launched exclusively on charitybuzz starting on August 3rd and for more details please go to www.charitybuzz.com/tonybennett. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to Exploring the Arts and Tiffany will also be a table sponsor at the September 18 birthday gala.  Additionally, Tiffany, the jeweler synonymous with true love recently introduced a new website and iPhone® App, as What Makes Love True, which has quickly become the resource for romantics around the world.  Within the "Art of Romance" section, Tiffany features a playlist of Tony's top ten favorite love songs which can be viewed now at www.whatmakeslovetrue.com.

On Bennett's August 3rd birthday, he is scheduled to appear on the "The Today Show" and "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."  On September 23th, Tony will appear with Carrie Underwood on the season premiere of "Bluebloods" on CBS. The two will perform their song from DUETS II, "It Had To Be You." 

Tony will perform a benefit event hosted by AARP to support their "Drive To End Hunger" initiative at the Staples Center on September 24th.

Several national television appearances are slated for DUETS II week of release and throughout the fall.  DUETS II is the follow-up to the multi-platinum CD, DUETS, released in conjunction with Tony's 80th birthday in 2006 which won three Grammy Awards and was the singer's best selling CD to date.  Phil Ramone produced the original DUETS as well as the forthcoming DUETS II CD.

DUETS II:  ARTIST AND SONG ROSTER



ANDREA BOCELLI      

STRANGER IN PARADISE

MICHAEL BUBLE                  

I WANNA BE AROUND

MARIAH CAREY                   

WHEN DO THE BELLS RING FOR ME?

NATALIE COLE                     

WATCH WHAT HAPPENS

SHERYL CROW                    

THE GIRL I LOVE

ARETHA FRANKLIN             

HOW DO YOU KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING?

JOSH GROBAN                    

THIS IS ALL I ASK

FAITH HILL                             

THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT

NORAH JONES                     

SPEAK LOW

LADY GAGA                          

THE LADY IS TRAMP

k.d. lang                                  

BLUE VELVET

JOHN MAYER                       

ONE FOR MY BABY (AND ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD)

WILLIE NELSON                    

ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

QUEEN LATIFAH                  

WHO CAN I TURN TO?

ALEJANDRO SANZ              

YESTERDAY I HEARD THE RAIN

CARRIE UNDERWOOD       

IT HAD TO BE YOU

AMY WINEHOUSE                

BODY AND SOUL



ABOUT TONY BENNETT:

Entering his seventh decade as a recording artist with over 100 albums and 15 Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Bennett has earned his legendary status many times over.  He remains the Columbia recording artist with the greatest longevity at the label.  His 2007 prime-time special, "Tony Bennett:  An American Classic," won seven Emmy Awards.  A visual artist as well, three of his original paintings are part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian.  His humanitarian efforts are renowned and the United Nations honored him with their Humanitarian Award in 2007.  He has published three books – his autobiography, "The Good Life" and two books of his paintings, "Tony Bennett: What My Heart Has Seen," and "Tony Bennett In the Studio; A Life of Art and Music."  Bennett founded, in association with the Department of Education in New York City, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts – a public arts high school in his hometown of Astoria, Queens. With his wife Susan, he established Exploring the Arts, a charitable organization which supports arts education in NYC public high schools.  Exploring the Arts supports seven additional public high schools throughout New York City.

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www.exploringthearts.org

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