Superstars Offer Bennett Birthday Wishes
Through the years, Tony Bennett has won the affection of an array of luminaries in the worlds of popular culture, politics and business.Through the years, Tony Bennett has won the affection of an array of luminaries in the worlds of popular culture, politics and business. Many, including musicians who performed on his new album "Tony Bennett: Duets/An American Classic," offered their praise and best wishes to him on the occasion of his 80th birthday on Aug. 3.
"Tony is a unique talent. He was good in the early days and even better today. I saw him at the Monterey Jazz Festival last year, and he was better than ever. He's one of those guys who keeps improving upwards." -- Clint Eastwood
"The way your smile just beams, they can't take that away from me. Happy Birthday, Tony." -- Carol Burnett
"Tony has an inner light which sparkles whenever he performs, and this combined with an extraordinary singing voice has made him the unique artist he is. I'm a big fan -- love you, Tony." -- Paul McCartney
"Tony Bennett's voice is as unique as his fingerprint, his phrasing as elegant and distinctive as his handwritten signature, his gift for melody as identifiable as his famous profile. He is the master of his craft, and if I ever reach 80 years young, that's what I want to be. Happy birthday to the maestro; long may he reign." -- Sting
"Congratulations, Tony, and if we were both 79 again, think of the wreckage we could create." -- Paul Newman
"Tony is as great a human being as he is a performer ... and that gets him close to sainthood." -- Mario and Matilda Cuomo
"Tony Bennett's impeccable artistry has been flowing through our lives for 60 years now, ever since his first nightclub appearance in his hometown of Astoria [N.Y.]. What would we have done without him? His grace, his poise, his remarkable sense of ease, have been beautiful constants in our lives. To put it simply, he is one of our treasures. On the occasion of his 80th birthday and the upcoming release of "Duets," I salute this great American artist. Happy Birthday, Tony. Here's to the music: past, present and yet to come." -- Martin Scorsese
"For over half a century, Tony's had the world on a string. He may have left his heart in San Francisco, but he leaves a lot of joyful hearts in Boston, too, whenever he sings." -- Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.
"Cool is as cool does. Tony Bennett has never been anything but the coolest. What a delight it was for me to work with my idol and the last man standing." -- Michael Buble
"Tony has total integrity as a performer, as an artist and as a person. He's a triple threat. His ability to find the essence of a song and deliver it so elegantly and consistently is what has made him a legend. His musicality is innate, and he's unquestionably a musician's musician. He's just got what it takes to be the best in the world." -- Donald J. Trump
"Tony is a natural, a great voice, a true artist. Tony has inspired young audiences through several generations, and they have identified with America's great music through him. Style, his own sound and an honest, in-depth understanding of the music and lyrics of the songs he performs make him so unique. It has been a privilege and an honor to have worked with Tony for more than 20 years. Here's to you, Tony, and here's to the many good times to remember." -- Jorge Calandrelli
"Working with Tony enriched my life, not only as a musician, but as a human being. It was a great experience from which I'm still learning a lot." -- Juanes
And, maybe tomorrow
I'll find what I am after
I'll throw off my sorrow
Beg, steal or borrow
My share of laughter ...
"Tony, my dear friend, you have definitely found what you are after. I am proud to call you my friend, and you will remain my hero forever. 'Just keep swingin' like you been swingin', kid ...' With much love and affection, your pal." -- Bruce Willis
"Tony endures because he respects the intentions of the songwriter, but is utterly and only himself when he sings. He is a joy and inspiration to work with and an artist in every sense of the word." -- Diana Krall and Elvis Costello