Tony Bennett celebrated his 90th birthday in August and this milestone occasion continues with the RPM Records / Columbia Records release of Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 set for pre-order on November 11th and worldwide release on December 16. TONY BENNETT CELEBRATES 90 will be released as a Standard and Deluxe Edition. The standard CD is a companion to the forthcoming NBC prime-time special, “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet To Come,” which airs on December 20th at 9pm ET/9pm PT. The special was filmed in front of a live audience at Radio City Music Hall on September 15th and features performances by Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé, Andrea Bocelli, Kevin Spacey, Tony Bennett and many others. Additionally, performances by Billy Joel and Elton John were taped at alternate locations and will appear in the broadcast and on the CD. The CD also includes an extended 28-page booklet featuring appreciation essays contributed by President Bill Clinton, Martin Scorsese, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Mandel, Bill Charlap and Everett Raymond Kinstler. All pre-orders will include an instant grat track of Tony’s recording of “I Got Rhythm” from the CD.
“Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Deluxe Edition” is a 3 CD set that is an Amazon exclusive, which includes the standard CD as well as two additional CDs featuring rare and previously unreleased studio and live performance tracks of Tony’s throughout his career. The set also includes a 28-page booklet with a comprehensive decade-by-decade account of Tony’s life and career written by Will Friedwald.
In addition to the new CDs and NBC special, Tony’s fifth book, JUST GETTING STARTED, will be released on November 15th. Bennett collaborates with renowned journalist Scott Simon to celebrate the people and places who have helped, influenced and steered him along the way, among them his parents, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Lady Gaga, Pablo Picasso, the city of San Francisco, among others. JUST GETTING STARTED also features over 80 color images of Tony’s original artwork and is being released by HarperCollins.
Tony Bennett will also be performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which also celebrates its 90th Birthday this year and “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” both airing on NBC on November 24 and 30th, respectively.