Tony Bennett Remembered by Elton John, David Letterman, Harry Connick Jr. & More: ‘He’s Irreplaceable’

Elton John, David Letterman and more stars paid tribute to Tony Bennett after his death on Friday morning, with John saying “he’s irreplaceable.”

Bennett, whose professional career spanned eight decades and who achieved a No. 1 album at age 85, died Friday morning in New York City. He was 96.

John, who performed “Rags to Riches” with Bennett, shared his tribute via Instagram. He wrote, “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.”

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 farewell to Tony Bennett. A true star, a true gentleman and a wonderful friend and mentor to Amy. Thank you for the music Tony. Our love and heartfelt condolences to all his family and friends.”

Former late-night host David Letterman shared a video of Bennett singing “Everybody Has The Blues” and tweeted, “RIP, Tony.”

Harry Connick Jr. wrote, “rest in peace, Tony… you changed the world with your voice… thank you for always being so kind to me… i love you and i’ll miss you very much…”

In a statement, Rob Stringer, chairman of Sony Music Group said, “There are few people in life who could surpass the achievements of the legendary artist Tony Bennett. His biography reads like an inspiring and principled socio-cultural history of nearly a century. His artistry in recording and performing will be admired forever.” Stringer added, “Everyone at Sony Music worldwide loved him and we are now honored to represent his legacy.”

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” music supervisor Robin Urdang shared, “I received a call this season from his label that management was asking if we can use a song of his in Maisel. We hadn’t used any yet and we’re then determined to find a placement. So glad we did.” Bennett’s 1963 song “I Wanna Be Around,” was used in the show’s series finale.

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.”

(Excerpt) Read more in: Variety

Tony Bennett Remembered by Elton John, David Letterman, Harry Connick Jr. & More: ‘He’s Irreplaceable’

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