Tony Bennett

  • Aired:  09/29/11
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Tony Bennett discusses the timeless quality of 1950s crooners and fondly remembers his performance at the Rally to Restore Sanity. (6:38)

>> Jon: MY GUEST TONIGHT,

LEGENDARY PERFORMER.

HE'S WON 15 GRAMMYS.

HIS NEW ALBUM IS CALLED "DIDDID

YOUETS 2."

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM,

TONY BENNETT

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

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>> THANK YOU.

WOW.

>> Jon: LOOK AT YOU!

LOOK AT YOU!

YOU LOOK GREAT.

THANKS FOR COMING TO SEE US.

>> OH, I LOVE IT.

THANK YOU.

>> Jon: THIS-- THIS "DID

YOUETS TWO" I JUST WANT TO SAY

RIGHT HERE, "TONY BENNETT: DID

YOUETS TWO," THE NUMBER ONE

ALBUM IN THE COUNTRY, AM I

CORRECT?

>> YES.

>> Jon: NUMBER ONE ALBUM

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

IS THERE ANY OTHER PERFORMER YOU

CAN THINK OF THAT HAS BEEN ON

THE CHARTS-- WHEN DID YOU FIRST

START CHARTING, 50s?

>> IN THE 50s, YES.

>> Jon: THE 50s, 60s,

70S, 80s.

YOU'VE BEEN ON THE CHARTS EVERY

DECADE.

>> RIGHT.

>> Jon: IS THERE ANYBODY

ELSE IN HISTORY, OTHER THAN LIKE

BEETHOVEN, IS THERE ANYBODY THAT

HAS THAT TYPE OF RECORD THAT YOU

KNOW OF?

WOULD YOU EVEN-- WOULD YOU

FOLLOW THAT?

>> I THINK IT'S THE FIRST.

>> Jon: IT'S UNBELIEVABLE.

IT'S A REMARKABLE THING.

NOW, YOU HAVE-- THESE ARE-- HOW

MANY DUETS?

>> ABOUT 19.

>> Jon: 19.

WHO SUCKED?

WHO WAS TERRIBLE?

( LAUGHTER )

>> THEY WERE ALL WONDERFUL.

REALLY, I REALLY MEAN IT.

THEY WERE ALL GREAT.

>> Jon: NO, I KNOW.

THIS IS REALLY NICE.

>> THESE ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT,

MOST POPULAR YOUNG ARTISTS TODAY

THAT ARE DOING VERY WELL.

>> Jon: AND THEY'RE-- IS

THERE ANYBODY THAT WOULDN'T?

BECAUSE I CAN'T IMAGINE-- IF

TONY BENNETT CALLS YOU AND SAYS,

"HEY, MAN, YOU WANT TO SING A

SONG," I WOULD THINK IT WAS THE

HONOR OF THEIR YEARS?

>> WELL, I MUST SAY, MY SON IS

MY WONDERFUL MANAGER FOR LAST 45

YEARS, AND HE CAME UP WITH THIS

WHOLE PREMISE AND I WANT TO

THANK HIM FOR DOING THAT.

>> Jon: THAT'S DANNY.

A GOOD MAN, VERY NICE GUY.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Jon: HE WILL, THOUGH,

BECAUSE I'VE WORKED WITH HIM

BEFORE, GETTING YOU TO DO GIGS,

HE WILL MUFFLE YOU

( LAUGHTER )

HE CAN BE A VICIOUS MAN.

( LAUGHTER )

WHAT WAS IT LIKE, YOU KNOW, YOU

DID A DUET WITH AMY WINE HOUSE.

>> RIGHT.

>> Jon: WERE YOU IN THE

STUDIO WITH HER?

>> I WAS.

ABBEY ROAD IN BRITAIN.

AND WAS IT WAS THE LAST RECORD

THAT SHE MADE, YES.

>> Jon: IS THAT-- IS IT--

IS IT-- WHEN YOU'RE WORKING WITH

SOMEBODY IN THAT SITUATION--

AND, LOOK, LET'S NOT BE NAIVE.

YOU'VE BEEN WORKING IN THE

INDUSTRY SINCE THE 50s.

YOU'VE SEEN PEOPLE STRUGGLE.

YOU'VE UNFORTUNATELY SEEN PEOPLE

DIE TOO YOUNG.

IS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU FEEL

FROM A PERFORMER OR IS IT ALL

JUST BUSINESS?

DO YOU GET A SENSE THAT

THERE'S-- THAT THERE'S TROUBLE

THERE?

>> WELL, SHE WAS IN TROUBLE AT

THAT TIME BECAUSE SHE HAD A

COUPLE OF ENGAGEMENTS THAT SHE

DIDN'T KEEP UP, BUT WHAT PEOPLE

DIDN'T REALIZE AT THAT TIME,

THAT SHE REALLY KNEW-- IN FACT,

I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT WHEN WE

WERE MAKE THE RECORD AND NOW

LOOKING AT THE WHOLE THING-- SHE

KNEW THAT SHE WAS IN A LOT OF

TROUBLE, THAT SHE WASN'T GOING

TO LIVE.

>> Jon: WOW.

>> YOU KNOW.

AND IT WASN'T DRUGS.

IT WAS-- IT WAS ALCOHOL.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> TOWARD THE END, YOU KNOW.

AND IT WAS-- IT WAS SUCH A SAD

THING BECAUSE SHE WAS REALLY--

SINCE ELVIS PRESLEY AND THE

BEATLES AND THE ROLLING STONES

AND THE WHOLE CONTEMPORARY

CHANGE THAT CAME IN, SHE WAS THE

ONLY SINGER THAT REALLY SANG

WHAT I CALL THE RIGHT WAY.

>> Jon: REALLY?

>> YEAH, BECAUSE SHE'S-- SHE WAS

A GREAT JAZZ POP SINGER, AND SHE

WAS A LITTLE APPREHENSIVE ABOUT

THE WHOLE THING WHEN WE WERE

DOING THE RECORD, BUT I-- I CAME

UP WITH ONE SENTENCE THAT MADE

EVERYTHING WORK.

AND I JUST SAID, "YOU KNOW," I

SAID, "I MAY BE WRONG BUT I BET

YOU'RE INFLUENCED BY DINAH

WASHINGTON."

AND WHEN SHE HEARD THAT, SHE

SAID, "OH, MY GOD.

THAT'S MY GOD.

THAT'S WHO I LOVE."

AND IT REALLY CHANGED THE WHOLE

RECORD, AND SHE ACTUALLY USED

SOME DINAH WASHINGTON PHRASES IN

THE RECORDING AND THE-- YOU

COULD TELL WHEN YOU HEAR THE

RECORD HOW WONDERFUL SHE-- SHE

WAS REALLY A GREAT JAZZ SINGER,

A TRUE JAZZ SINGER.

AND THAT-- I REGRET THAT BECAUSE

THAT'S THE RIGHT WAY TO SING.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

AND YOU-- IN YOUR-- YOU REALLY

ARE INTUITIVE NOW ABOUT THE

MUSIC, AREN'T YOU?

LIKE YOU CAN JUST FEEL IT FROM

PEOPLE.

YOU'VE DONE IT LONG ENOUGH THAT

KNOW-- WILL YOU SEE AN ARTIST

SOMETIMES ON TELEVISION, OR

YOU'LL HEAR THEM, AND YOU'LL GO,

THAT'S SOMEBODY I'LL CLICK WITH

OR CAN YOU HEAR SOMEBODY'S

PHRASING AND THINK NOT SURE I

CAN BLEND THAT.

CAN YOU FEEL THE INGREDIENT THAT

WILL WORK WITH YOU THAT WILL

MAKE A GREAT RECORD?

>> TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION HERE,

YOU KNOW, I WAS 10 YEARS YOUNGER

THAN THE GREAT MASTER FRANK

SINATRA, NAT KING COLE, AND

BILLY EPSTEIN, AND SARAH VAUGHN,

AND ELLA FITZGERALD, WHO IS

BETTER THAN ANYBODY, AND THEN

LOUIS ARMSTRONG.

SO I GREW UP LOVING THAT PERIOD

OF TIME.

IT DOESN'T SOUND DATED TO ME.

ANY OF THE RECORDINGS, EVEN

TODAY WHEN YOU HEAR A NAT COLE

RECORD, IT DOESN'T SOUND OLD

FASHIONED, YOU KNOW.

SO CORPORATIONS WILL SAY, WELL,

THAT'S OLD MUSIC."

BUT TO ME IT'S NOT.

IT'S GOING TO LAST FOREVER.

SINATRA, ELLA FITZGERALD, LOUIS

ARMSTRONG, IS GOING TO SOUND

GREAT 50 GEARS NOW.

>> Jon: YOU KNOW WHO ELSE?

>> WELL, THEY WERE MY MASTERS

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: I'M TELLING YOU,

MAN.

WHEN YOU CAME OUT FOR US-- WHEN

YOU CAME OUT FORINOUS

WASHINGTON, I'M TELLING YOU,

THERE WAS ONLY ONE PERSON I

WANTED AT THE END THERE STANDING

UP AT THE CAPITOL SINGING TO

THOSE PEOPLE AND YOU JUST-- YOU

EXCEEDED EXPECTING AS, AS YOU

ALWAYS DO.

IT'S JUST AN HONOR TO SEE YOU.

>> THAT WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL

MOMENT IN MY LIFE BECAUSE TO

SING "AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL"

RIGHT THERE WITH THE CAPITOL

BEHIND US AND THE FLAG.

>> Jon: IT WAS SOMETHING,

BABY.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Jon: THANK YOU

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

"TONY BENNETT: DID YOUETS TWO."

IT'S AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE.

GET IT.

THE GREAT TONY BENNETT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

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