Tony Bennett: President Biden, Barack Obama Pay Tribute
Tony Bennett has been remembered by a host of stars after his death was announced yesterday (21/7/2023). Elton John said the late singer was “irreplaceable”.
Bennett, whose professional career spanned eight decades and who achieved a US No 1 album at age 85, died Friday morning in New York City. He was 96.
President Biden released an official statement on Bennett’s death. He wrote, “For more than 70 years, Tony Bennett didn’t just sing the classics – he himself was an American classic. Resisting the pull to adjust his style to fit in with the times, his distinct voice gave melody and rhythm about the good life, how the best is yet to come, the way you look tonight, and leaving your heart in San Francisco.
“There’s no doubt about it – Tony Bennett’s life was legendary. And his contributions to the arts in America will endure.
“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.”
Meanwhile, former president Barack Obama shared a tribute on both Twitter and Instagram, writing, “Tony Bennett was an iconic songwriter and entertainer who charmed generations of fans. He was also a good man—Michelle and I will always be honored that he performed at my inauguration. We’re thinking of his wife Susan, his kids, and everyone who is missing him today.”
Elton John also praised Bennett, writing on his Instagram, “So sad to hear of Tony’s passing. Without doubt the classiest singer, man, and performer you will ever see. He’s irreplaceable. I loved and adored him. Condolences to Susan, Danny and the family.”
Billy Joel shared on Instagram, “Tony Bennett was one of the most important interpreters of American popular song during the mid to late 20th century. He championed songwriters who might otherwise have remained unknown to many millions of music fans.”
The singer continued, “His was a unique voice that made the transition from the era of Jazz into the age of Pop. I will always be grateful for his outstanding contribution to the art of contemporary music. He was a joy to work with. His energy and enthusiasm for the material he was performing was infectious.”
Joel concluded his tribute by writing that Bennett “was also one of the nicest human beings I’ve ever known.”