President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama, Elton John and other stars paid tribute to Tony Bennett after his death on Friday morning, with John saying “he is irreplaceable.”
Bennett, who lived eight years and achieved a No. 1 album. 1 out at age 85, died Friday morning in New York. He was 96 years old.
President Biden issued an official statement about Bennett’s death. For more than 70 years, Tony Bennett not only sang the classics, he was an American classic himself. Resisting the temptation to adapt her style to the times, her unmistakable voice gave music and rhythm to the good life, how the best is yet to come, how you look tonight and leave your heart in San Francisco.”
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Biden also commented on the historic moments that Bennett was involved with and the other icons he portrayed and collaborated with throughout his life. He wrote: “There is no question: Tony Bennett’s life was legendary. And his contributions to the arts in America will live on.”
Biden concluded the statement by writing: “Jill and I have been fans of Tony’s music for a long time, not only because of his beautiful voice, but also because of the joy he brought to everything he did. Our deepest condolences to his family and fans around the world.”
Obama shared a tribute on both Twitter and Instagram, writing: “Tony Bennett was an iconic songwriter and artist who captivated generations of fans. He was also a good man. It will always be an honor for Michelle and I to perform at my inauguration. Thinking of his wife Susan, his children and everyone he misses today.”
Tony Bennett was an iconic singer and artist who attracted generations of fans. He was also a good man. It will always be an honor for Michelle and me that he performed at my Inauguration. We are thinking of his wife Susan, his family and everyone who misses him today. pic.twitter.com/TglWTA06Zm-
Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 21, 2023
John, who performed “Rags to Riches” with Bennett, shared his tribute via Instagram. She wrote: “Deeply saddened by Tony’s passing. Undoubtedly the best singer, man and performer you will ever see. He is irreplaceable.
The Amy Winehouse Foundation shared a photo of Bennett with the late “Back to Black” singer and tweeted: “Today marks the end of an era as we say goodbye to Tony Bennett. A true star, a gentleman and a great friend and mentor to Amy. Thank you for the music Tony. Our heartfelt love and condolences to all his family and friends.”
Today marks the end of an era as we say goodbye to Tony Bennett. A true star, a true gentleman and a great friend and mentor to Amy. Thanks for the music, Tony. Our love and heartfelt condolences to all his family and friends. #TonyBennett @itstonybennett pic.twitter.com/bcoEu7r0No-
AmyWinehouseFoundation (@AmysFoundation) July 21, 2023
Former late-night host David Letterman shared a video of Bennett singing “Everybody Has The Blues” and tweeted: “RIP Tony.”
The great Tony Bennett sings “Everybody Has The Blues” RIP, Tony. pic.twitter.com/lPhpTPy3kI-
David Letterman (@Letterman) July 21, 2023
Harry Connick Jr. wrote: “Rest in peace Tony … you changed the world with your voice … thank you for always being so kind to me … you are loved and will have so much courage…”
Rest in peace Tony… you changed the world with your voice… thank you for always being so kind to me… love and miss you so much… @itstonybennett
photo credit: kevin mazur pic.twitter.com/56Q2TkNDzd-
Harry Connick Jr (@HarryConnickJR) July 21, 2023
In a statement, Rob Stringer, Chairman of Sony Music Group, said: “Few people in the world can surpass the achievements of the legendary artist Tony Bennett. His biography reads like an inspiring and packed socio-cultural story from the beginning of almost a century. His artistry in recording and performance will forever be respected.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Music Supervisor Robin Urdang said: “I got a call this season from his record company asking if we could use a song of his on Maisel. We hadn’t used one yet so we decided to find a placement. Bennett’s song “I Wanna Be Around” from 1963 was used in the series finale.
Billy Joel shared on Instagram: “Tony Bennett was one of the leading interpreters of American popular songs of the mid to late twentieth century.
The singer continued: “He had a unique voice that moved from the Jazz era to the Pop era. I will always be grateful to him for his contribution to the art of contemporary music. He was a joy to work with. His energy and enthusiasm for the material he did was very contagious.”
Joel concluded his tribute by writing that Bennett was “one of the nicest people I’ve ever met”.
Paul Williams, President of ASCAP, said: “The ASCAP family mourns the passing of the legendary Tony Bennett. Tony was a great singer, with equal parts tone, grace and humor, and he knew how to hold a song together. There was perhaps no greater advocate for great songwriting.”
Williams continued: “He spent seven years introducing the world to the Great American Songbook, reinterpreting it for new generations, and giving 100% to every unforgettable performance. Tony, we will never forget your voice and timeless recordings. You left our hearts in perfect ecstasy.”
See more tributes below.
A statement from Hillary and myself on the death of Tony Bennett. pic.twitter.com/HHX65HV0Ue-
Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) July 21, 2023
I send my prayers and condolences to the family of #TonyBennett, who lived seven decades. He marched with us in 1964. He was committed to civil and human rights and the arts. It will last as long as we remember it. #IleftmyheartinSanFrancisco 🙏🏽🎹🎤🕊️ pic.twitter.com/Hnwb9yMxzE-
Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) July 21, 2023
This one shouldn’t matter as much because none of us will live to be 96, but it’s hard to imagine a world without Tony Bennett.
Josh Gad (@joshgad) July 21, 2023
Tony Bennett once said: “The bottom line of any country is: what have we given the world? We gave Louis Armstrong.” We also added Tony Bennett.
Expressing our heartfelt condolences to his family and relatives today, in gratitude for a good life. RIP pic.twitter.com/Wxyeu36MZw-
Louis Armstrong (@ArmstrongHouse) July 21, 2023
RIP Tony Bennett. The best of the best. The last of the legends. A man whose heart was as big as his voice.
a best practitioner of the “Art of Excellence”. My condolences to my friend Danny and his family.
– 🕉🇺🇦🟦Stevie Van Zandt☮️💙 (@StevieVanZandt) July 21, 2023
My condolences to the family and friends of Tony Bennett. They are my emotional family and friends too pic.twitter.com/eohrA6fpjI-
Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) July 21, 2023