Tony Bennett Releases The Last Song Ever Made By Amy Winehouse
By Joseph Giannone 2011-08-04 18:09:16
The saga of Amy Winehouse's slow decline toward her eminent demise started when she went into rehab at the end of May. A month later the singer was booed off stage in Serbia for being messed up during a show, and then she subsequently canceled the rest of her tour shortly after. This entire debacle split Americans over whether or not we should be upset over the conflicted musician’s death.
Our head hancho in the Culture section, Mack Rawden, contemplated that very question in his column: Will Amy Winehouse be remembered in 20 years? Though it is interesting to think whether the “Stronger than Me” hit-maker will be a memory or just an afterthought down the road, it seems like the music industry won't let her fall into obscurity. Artists like U2, Coldplay, Big Boi, MIA and even Russel Brand have all dedicated a song or an act to the fallen star, and now it’s time for Tony Bennett’s turn. Earlier this year he recorded a duet with Winehouse called “Body and Soul,” and will soon release it as a single. The song will be featured on the Bennett's new album Tony Bennett: Duets II, due out September 20th.
85 years young and he is still touring with well over 150 dates each year. The New York Times has quoted the veteran singer saying, “If you study the masters – Picasso, Jack Benny, Fred Astaire – right up to the day they died, they were performing. If you are creative, you get busier as you get older,” and it’s obvious that he lives by this quote. Not only from his dedication to the deceased musician, but also the endless projects he's working on.
On his new album Duets II, the “Rags to Riches” creator will be performing his most famous songs with this generation's most famous acts. In addition to the Winehouse duet, Bennett also worked with Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Mariah Carey and Faith Hill among others. As exciting listening to the last song ever made by Winhouse will be, I’m actually more excited to hear his duet with Lady Gaga. I’m Just saying.