‘A voice for the ages’: Legendary crooner Tony Bennett takes his final bow at 96

Jul 22, 2023
As news of his passing broke, heartfelt tributes began to pour in from fellow musicians, high-profile figures, and adoring fans alike. Source: Getty Images.

The music world has lost one of its most iconic voices following the passing of legendary singer Tony Bennett at the age of 96 on Friday, July 21.

Bennett’s publicist Sylvia Weiner confirmed the passing of the I Left My Heart In San Francisco hitmaker, revealing that he died in his hometown of New York.

With a career that spanned over seven remarkable decades, Bennett’s dedication to his craft remained unwavering until the very end. Reportedly, he was still performing and playing his piano shortly before his passing.

While his cause of death was not been revealed, Bennett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2016.

With a stellar career spanning decades, Bennett earned numerous accolades, including 20 Grammy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and two Primetime Emmy Awards. Bennett’s musical journey encompassed jazz and popular hits, captivating the hearts of fans worldwide, and selling over 50 million records.

From a young age, Bennett’s passion for singing bloomed, and even as a U.S. Army infantryman during World War II, his love for music never wavered. His breakthrough came with the chart-topping hit Because of You in 1951, followed by other beloved tracks such as Rags to Riches.

In 1962, he released his signature song, I Left My Heart in San Francisco, well and truly securing his place in music history. Despite facing challenges during the rock music era, Bennett made a triumphant comeback in the late ’80s and ’90s, producing gold record albums and even gaining popularity among the MTV generation while remaining committed to his signature sound.

Throughout his remarkable career, Bennett collaborated with fellow legends such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and most recently Lady Gaga. His collaboration with Lady Gaga on the album Cheek to Cheek in 2014 earned him renewed acclaim, and their second album, Love for Sale in 2021, broke records on the Billboard 200 chart, reaffirming Bennett’s timeless appeal.

Remarkably, he also received the Guinness World Record for the oldest person to release an album of new material.

Despite battling Alzheimer’s, Bennett continued to share his gift with the world. His final performances at Radio City Music Hall on his 95th birthday served as a poignant reminder of his dedication to his craft and passion for music.

As news of his passing broke, heartfelt tributes began to pour in from fellow musicians, high-profile figures, and adoring fans alike.

Social media platforms were flooded with touching messages honouring his legacy and the profound impact he had on those fortunate enough to have met him


Bennett is survived by his third wife, Susan, four children and nine grandchildren.

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