Saturday, June 15, 2024

Exclusive: The Tony Bennett- Lady Gaga Album is Likely the Cole Porter Tribute I Reported Back in 2014


It was always Tony Bennett’s plan to do a recording of Cole Porter duets with Lady Gaga.

I reported it in 2014. So the upcoming record alluded to in the AARP piece this week about Tony’s Alzheimer’s disease is that record. Quite a bit of it was done before Tony’s illness took hold.

Tony and Gaga’s first album, “Cheek to Cheek,” was a big sales and critical hit. He was 88 when he made that one. It’s as if he waited all his life for the perfect duet partner.

Lady Gaga’s rock albums are lots of fun. But her jazz singing with Tony, or solo, I could listen to all the time. She has ‘it.’ But she knows it doesn’t pay the bills. A black cocktail dress with pearls is no match for a meat dress!

We can expect the Cole Porter album this spring, if we ever get out of this winter. And what a gift that will be!



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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