Paul McCartney says working with ‘good friend’ Tony Bennett was a ‘privilege’

Sir Paul McCartney has spoken of the “privilege” he felt working with “special singer and good friend” Tony Bennett.

The 96-year-old, greatest identified for his 1962 traditional I Left My Heart In San Francisco, died in his house metropolis of New York on Friday.

Tributes have continued to pour in from musicians resembling Bonnie Raitt, Mariah Carey and Sir Paul together with US President Joe Biden and former American chief Barack Obama.

In a Saturday Instagram put up, Sir Paul wrote: “Very sad to hear that Tony Bennett has died. He was a special singer and a good friend.

“I was privileged to work with him on a few occasions and he was always a wonder to behold. Thanks Tony for the joy you brought to our world. Love Paul.”

In 2006, Bennett collaborated with stars together with Sir Paul, Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder and George Michael on his album titled Duets: An American Classic.

Emily Eavis, co-organiser of Glastonbury competition, talked about how, when he performed Worthy Farm in 1998, he was “impeccably dressed” regardless of the moist and muddy circumstances.

She added: “He played an incredible set, we were all entranced, he was so gracious and charming on stage. What a gentleman and amazing showman he was.”

Strictly Come Dancing choose Anton Du Beke additionally took to social media to say the “wonderful, charismatic, legendary” Bennett acting on the BBC superstar competitors present as he danced was an “honour”.

Bennett additionally labored with Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin together with Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga, who each featured on his Duets II file which topped the charts.

In an announcement, Mr Biden stated: “(My wife) Jill and I have been fans of Tony’s music for a long time – not only because of his beautiful voice, but also the joy that he brought to everything he did.

“We send our deepest condolences to his family and fans around the world.”

The President additionally recalled that as a foot soldier within the Second World War, Bennett helped liberate prisoners in a subcamp of Dachau focus camp.

He later grew to become a life-long pacifist and humanitarian, who would be a part of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.

The singer was often called one of many final of the good saloon singers of the mid-Twentieth century, releasing greater than 70 albums throughout his profession which received him a number of Grammys.

Bennett, then aged 88, broke his personal file because the oldest dwelling performer with a primary album on the US Billboard 200 chart for his duet undertaking with Gaga titled Cheek To Cheek.

In an Instagram put up on Saturday, Grammy award-winning Blues musician Bonnie Raitt wrote: “One of the greatest singers of all time, and one of the warmest, most joyful and evolved people I’ve ever known.

“One of the honors of my lifetime was getting to duet with him on his Bennett Sings The Blues album back in 2001.

“My love and sympathy go out to his family and don’t we know there’ll be some swingin’ on high when Tony passes through those gates.”

Bennett retired from performing in 2021 after revealing he had been recognized with Alzheimer’s in 2016.

The spouse of Bruce Willis, an American actor who has been recognized with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), stated Bennett “shining a bright light on this disease” will “forever be so meaningful and impactful”.

Emma Heming Willis, who met the singer alongside her husband, wrote on Instagram: “I especially applaud the final chapter of his career, as he continued to dazzle and elicit nothing but joy and excitement performing selflessly despite his Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

“It was a beautiful reminder that we should never allow society to dictate or dismiss anyone because of their cognitive challenges but instead provide the room for them to flourish.”

Bennett is survived by his spouse, Susan Benedetto, his two sons, Danny and Dae Bennett, his daughters Johanna Bennett and Antonia Bennett and 9 grandchildren, in keeping with his publicist Sylvia Weiner.

On Friday, former US first girl Hillary Clinton, American singer Christina Aguilera, US singer Carey, Nile Rodgers, Nancy Sinatra, daughter of Frank Sinatra, Carrie Underwood, Sir Elton and Australian nation singer Keith Urban additionally remembered the singer.

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