Friday, January 06, 2012

Tony Bennett: Duets II

"On a bright Sunday afternoon shortly after one o'clock in Manhattan, a few days before his eighty-fifth birthday, which he would modestly acknowledge on August 3rd by dining at a neighborhood restaurant with his wife, Susan -- who, within a few weeks, would be celebrating her own, forty-fifth birthday -- Tony Bennett was standing behind a microphone at the Avatar Studios, on West Fifty-third Street, rehearsing a few lines from 'The Lady Is a Tramp' while awaiting the presence of Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga was expected to arrive at two o'clock, with her hairdresser, her makeup artist, her creative director, her vocal coach, her producer, her security guards, and others who know her by her pre-fame name, Stefani Germanotta; and then, after she had warmed up, she would join Bennett in singing 'The Lady Is a Tramp,' the final recording for his latest album of duets, 'Duets II'" (Gay Talese, "High Notes," New Yorker, 9/19/11).
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