Monday, June 17, 2024

Almost 92, Tony Bennett Coming to Save Columbia Records with Lady Gaga, Diana Krall Releases


EXCLUSIVE What have you been doing this year? Tony Bennett, who turns 92 in August, has been pretty busy from what I hear. He’s going to save Columbia Records from their year long dry spell.

Back in October 2014, Tony told me he and Lady Gaga already had a planned sequel to their “Cheek to Cheek” hit album. He said it would be all Cole Porter and he wasn’t kidding. On this past May 28th, fans saw Bennett and Gaga go in and out of Electric Lady Land Studios on West 8th St. I can tell you they were putting the finishing touches on that same Cole Porter album. 

My sources say we’ll hear the second Bennett-Gaga album in 2019, because both artists have other projects that will come first.

Gaga, of course, will hit us with “A Star is Born” in September. She not only stars in it but has a whole album of songs to accompany the movie.

Tony, I’m told, will announce another duets album on his birthday. A Diana Krall duets album of songs by the Gershwins will hit stores in September, right before the Grammy deadline cut off on September 30th. Tony and Diana have sung together on off tracks in the past, but this is a whole concept album, and it’s on Columbia. We need new Tony Bennett albums now more than ever!

So that’s what Tony’s been up to, that and doing concerts all over the world, even at almost 92!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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