Legendary singer Tony Bennett has died in his home town of New York at the age of 96.
A post on his social media states, “Tony left us today but he was still singing the other day at his piano and his last song was, ‘Because of You,’ his first #1 hit. Tony, because of you we have your songs in our heart forever.”
Bennett has released over 60 albums, 44 of which would chart on the Billboard 200. Bennett won many accolades throughout his career, including 20 Grammy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and two Primetime Emmy Awards.
He was named an NEA Jazz Master and a Kennedy Center Honoree and was the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, New York. Bennett sold more than 50 million records worldwide.
Bennett began singing at an early age. He had his first No. 1 popular song “Because of You” in 1951. The veteran artist’s final studio recording was 2021’s Love For Sale, a collaborative collection with Lady Gaga.
Bennett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2016. In 2021, he announced his retirement from touring and performing after one last show in August of that year with good friend and superfan Lady Gaga at Radio City Music Hall entitled “One Last Time.”
(Photo: Raphael Pour-Hashemi)
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