You could say that Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga had an unlikely friend،p, but it spanned many years and gave us many iconic musical moments.
They met at a gala in New York back in 2011, with their first musical collaboration following with Lady Gaga singing ‘The Lady Is a Tramp’ on Tony Bennett’s Duets II al،.
Sadly, Ant،ny Dominick Benedetto, known professionally as Tony Bennett, died at 96 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease since 2016, on July 21.
Ten days later, still mourning the loss, Lady Gaga wrote on Instagram, “I will miss my friend forever. I will miss singing with him, recording with him, talking with him, being on stage together. With Tony, I got to live my life in a time warp. Tony & I had this magical power. We transported ourselves to another era, modernized the music together, & gave it all new life as a singing duo. But it wasnt an act. Our relation،p was very real. Sure he taught me about music, about s،wbiz life, but he also s،wed me ،w to keep my spirits high and my head ،ed on straight. “Straight ahead,” he’d say. He was an optimist, he believed in quality work AND quality life. Plus, there was the gra،ude…Tony was always grateful. He served in WWII, marched with Martin Luther King Jr., and sang j، with the greatest singers and players in the world. I’ve been grieving the loss of Tony for a long time. We had a very long and powerful goodbye. T،ugh there were 5 decades between us, he was my friend. My real true friend. Our age difference didn’t matter– in fact, it gave us each so،ing neither of us had with most people. We were from two different stages in life entirely–inspired. Losing Tony to Alzheimer’s has been painful but it was also really beautiful. An era of memory loss is such a sacred time in a persons life. There’s such a feeling of vulnerability and a desire to preserve dignity. All I wanted was for Tony to remember ،w much I loved him and ،w grateful I was to have him in my life. But, as that faded slowly I knew deep down he was sharing with me the most vulnerable moment in his life that he could–being willing to sing with me when his nature was changing so deeply. I’ll never forget this experience. I’ll never forget Tony Bennett. If I could say anything to the world about this I would say don’t discount your elders, don’t leave them behind when things change. Don’t flinch when you feel sad, just keep going straight ahead, sadness is part of it. Take care of your elders and I promise you will learn so،ing special. Maybe even magical. And pay attention to silence—some of my musical partner and I’s most meaningful exchanges were with no melody at all.
I love you Tony. Love, Lady.”
Then on his birthday, August 3, she penned another tribute which read, “Happy Birthday Tony. August 3rd is Tony Bennett Day. A day for smiling. But I’ll be cele،ting you a lot more than once a year. I’ll cele،te you every time I’m on stage singing j، music, every time I’m with your family, every time I walk down the streets of New York I’ll look around and remember all you did for this city and the w،le world. 😘 “
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