Tony Bennett is one of the last surviving musical icons from the golden generation of jazz singers of the 1930s, while Lady Gaga has been one of the biggest names in pop since 2009.
Despite very different times, fans and production, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga formed an unexpected friendship and partnership.
The duo released two albums together, toured and continued until Tony’s retirement in late 2021 at the age of 95.
Tony Bennett is famous for his traditional pop standards and his albums in the big band, show and jazz genres. While Lady Gaga is best known for her pop songs like “Poker Face” and “Born This Way,” she is also a gifted classically trained pianist and singer.
In 2011, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga met after she performed a cover of Nat King Cole’s Orange Colored Sky at the Robin Hood Foundation Gala in New York City.
Tony asked Gaga to sing a duet on her next album, Duets II, and the two recorded “Lady Is a Tramp.”
In September 2012, Tony announced that Gaga would like to record a jazz album with him. In 2013, Gaga and Tony performed at the final inaugural ball of President Obama’s second inauguration, and she announced the album on Twitter.
After Cheek to Cheek’s album was a hit in 2014, a follow-up titled Love for Sale was released in 2021.