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Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse - A Tribute

Updated on April 10, 2013

Legendary crooner Tony Bennett recorded a track with Amy Winehouse, (before her death obviously), and it was released on the 14th of September, 2011, as part of his album entitled Duets II.

Coincidentally, the 14th of September, 2011, would have been Amy Winehouse's 28th birthday.

Also on the recording tracks were duets with Lady Gaga and Mariah Carey.

In less than two weeks this album reached the #1 spot in the US Billboards chart.

This has been billed as Tony Bennett's first number 1 record! His career spans 60 years. His name is recognised in every home in every country throughout the world, yet this is his first top spot in the charts? Read further down!

Amy Winehouse's family have set up a new foundation called, funnily enough, the Amy Winehouse Foundation which hopes to raise money to help youngsters in trouble with addictions, and they have decreed that Amy's share of the Royalties go there.

If you have not yet heard the song, entitled Body and Soul, it is immediately below here on a Youtube video.

Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse - Body and Soul

Tony Bennett Duets II

according the BBC news website
according the BBC news website

Have you listened to it yet? Are the hairs on the back of your neck raising?

What a great duet! What more can I say. The late great voice of the one and only Amy Winehouse with THE Tony Bennett!

What a duo that pair would have made if she had not died, so early and so heartbreakingly over something so stupid.

Not that we can expect Tony Bennett to be around for much longer, he is a fair age. At the time of writing this, Tony Bennett is 85, would you believe?

Tony Bennett has had a long life and a superb career, despite his previous lack of number 1 albums in the charts!

Tony Bennett has had a string of chart toppers.

Despite his albums selling well, none of them ever reached the top of the Billboard charts, and this is what the BBC are reporting, but you could be forgiven for thinking they meant this was the first number 1 hit for Tony Bennett.

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett

Born Antonio Dominick Benedetto on August the 3rd, 1926, Tony Bennett, as he is now known, was just another urchin of Italian descent on the streets of Queens, New York.

Only difference was he liked to sing.

He saw action in World War II where, although a combat soldier, he entertained troops. On his return to New York, he studied music at the American Theatre Wing of GI Bill which was a government sponsored initiative to assist returning GI's.

What he learned there helped him keep his singing voice in good shape for the rest of his life.

He sang where he could while working day jobs, and in 1950 his talent was spotted and he was signed up to Columbia Records.

Then followed a string of hits which include Because of You, Cold Cold Heart, Blue Velvet, Rags to Riches, Stranger in Paradise, In the Middle of an Island, Chicago, I've got the World on a String and finally I Left My Heart In San Francisco.

Well, there were more songs after that, but hey - stop the clock - I only listed these numbers so you could say "oh, so that's who Tony Bennett is! Thought I'd heard the name!"

Funny thing with songs is that even when they are from an era before yours, you will still recognise them, especially as they are GREAT songs!

You might not have noticed before, but listen to this. This is how I Left my Heart in San Francisco should be sung. Not how your Auntie Mary sings when she has had a few too many sherries at Christmas.

I Left My Heart in San Francisco - Tony Bennett

Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

Born in London on the 14th of September 1983, Amy Winehouse was half a world as well as half a lifetime away from Tony Bennett.

Hugely talented from an early age, Amy Winehouse was soon 'discovered' by the music moguls in her teens and signed up to a top record label, Island, by the time she was 20.

Unusually in someone so young, Amy was basically a jazz singer. Being versatile, she sang other types of numbers, but it takes a special talent to sing like she does. Jazz is not an easy style to master, so all your best jazz singers have got that extra talent.

I first heard Amy singing the pop number Rehab. Something about that song made me take a recording to play on my cell phone while in transit, and I don't choose many songs. I really liked that number though.

It was not until after her death and I browsed the Youtube videos of Amy Winehouse singing that I realised the extent of her talent. I could put them here, but you could just as easily go over to Youtube and search for them yourself.

Amy Winehouse died, aged just 27, on the 23rd of July, 2011.

My thoughts go out to her parents, not only at this sad time, but for all their lives. To lose a child is horrendous.

On behalf of the public, thank you for bringing us the talent that was Amy Winehouse, whose songs will live on forever.

Rehab - Amy Winehouse

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    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      Thanks Snakeslane, and I'm glad you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

    • snakeslane profile image

      Verlie Burroughs 

      7 years ago from Canada

      This is beautiful lzzyM, I followed from comment you made in a forum and I'm really glad I did, thank you very much for this lovely musical tribute to the late Amy Winehouse and the great Tony Bennet. Regards, snakeslane

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      Definitely worth buying - its the sort of song you'd never get fed up listening to. Thanks for stopping by :)

    • Painted Seahorse profile image

      Brittany Rowland 

      7 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      What a great duet. What a tragic end to a talented young artist! Thanks for posting the video here; I hadn't had the chance to see/hear it yet.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      Isn't it superb! Thanks for commenting :)

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      What a treat to listen to this awesome duet! I love Tony Bennett and had the good fortune to see him perform in the 1980's. What an amazing voice! I was saddened to learn of the death of Amy Winehouse. Her voice was incredible, unique as only the greatest voices are.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      Moshi monster stays until I see some Google love again and get my traffic back!

      Glad you enjoyed the duet Tony and Amy made together. It is wonderful! Thanks for commenting and voting :)

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Izzy, love your moshi monster!!

      Two amazing artists, I hadn't heard this song before and yes it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up!

      Thank you for sharing and voting up.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      Thanks, maybe there will be a revival of this type of music after this? That would be cool! I also bet there are a lot more unreleased recordings of Amy singing that we will one day get to hear. Tony Bennett is amazing! 85 years young and his voice still sounds great!

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      Barbara Bethard 

      7 years ago from Tucson, Az

      Tony Bennett has always been a fav of mine and this is a great tribute to him as well as to A Winehouse, her voice will be missed

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      Hey Ted you got me watching them again too! Say so myself, those videos are brilliant! Thanks for yours comments :)

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      Mike Teddleton 

      7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Well done, thanks for sharing this beautifle hub with us.

      Why is it that many truely tallented and gifted people are only on this earth for such a short time.

      Enjoyed the youtube videos, thanks for sharing. Mike

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      Yes it is all very sad Pamela. But what a wonderful song she has left as a legacy, and Tony Bennett is just incredible for his age!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Very interesting hub with some facts I hadn't known. I've always thought Tony Bennett was a honorable man with a beautiful voice. It is sad that Amy Winehouse could not find sobriety.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      7 years ago from UK

      Thanks, I enjoyed writing it. Two great artists!

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      kirsib 

      7 years ago

      Great hub lots of info, enjoyed reading it!

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