Alec chats about his biggest professional regret. Why does the actor wish he'd learned to sing when he was young? Plus, what does Tony Bennett think of Alec's impression of him?
A class act in every respect, Tony Bennett deserves the same in a documentary tribute, and The Music Never Ends is just that, an 87-minute compilation of music and words that's as likably modest as the octogenarian singer himself. Born in New York in 1926, the former Anthony Benedetto grew up during the Depression, served in World War II, hit the big time in the 1950s, marched in Selma, Alabama with Martin Luther King, Jr., faded from the scene during the rock-dominated '60s, became an estimable painter, and then, with son Danny as his manager, staged a revival that earned him many young fans and continues to this day. All of that is detailed (by celeb talking heads like Harry Belafonte, Martin Scorsese, Mel Brooks, and Alec Baldwin, as well as various critics and pundits) in the film, but the most entertaining content, of course, is the music. There are concert and television performances spanning more than half a century, from "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" in '53 to Monterey in '05 (his gig at that year's Jazz Festival occupies a second disc, with bits and pieces scattered throughout the main documentary); we see Bennett at the Grand Ol' Opry in '55 (singing Hank Williams' "Cold Cold Heart"), on several TV talk fests (including a wonderful, if too short, clip with the great jazz pianist Bill Evans on The Tonight Show), and even on Saturday Night Live, in an amusing bit with Baldwin impersonating Bennett and "Anthony Benedetto" as one of his talk show guests. The presentation is pretty impressive, too: the composers and lyricists of every song are identified, Clint Eastwood co-produced (the principal bonus feature is an informal conversation between the two), Anthony Hopkins narrates, and medleys of several songs (including the inevitable "I Left My Heart in San Francisco") combine Bennett performances from different eras; two especially delightful sequences intersperse Bennett's versions of "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and "I Got Rhythm" with clips from films featuring Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, respectively. Hot stuff. --Sam Graham
Tony Bennett talks about Billy Joel being the Master Class guest speaker at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, which Tony and his wife opened in 2001. Also, he tells how proud he is of the students who attend his school.
Tony Bennett joins HuffPost Live to share the story about how Bob Hope gave him his stage name.
Tony Bennett joins HuffPost Live to talk about his painting and how art teaches him 'the gift of being alive.'
Highlights of this day in history: Christopher Columbus sets sail; Europe slides further into World War I; A Cold War case heats up Capitol Hill; Air traffic controllers in the U.S. go on strike; NBA founded; Singer Tony Bennett born. (Aug. 3)
Tony Bennett joins Marc to discuss marching with Dr. Martin Luther King in Selma, and his other activism.
Tony Bennett comments on how Virginia matches up with CCAR.
In this web extra, Tony Bennett visits the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where he talks to correspondent Anthony Mason about how - as a young student studying both art and music - his art teacher had encouraged his singing.
Meet dickering dog Duke. His master, Tony Bennett, calls him 'the best negotiator in the state of Maine.'
Meet Tony Bennett and his partners, Codfish and Duke.
Award Season '08. Lisa Rinna and Joey Fatone interview Tony Bennett at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.
For Tony Bennett, anything goes, like breaking records. The 88-year-old music staple's new duets album with Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek, has claimed the no. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, helping him break his own record of being the oldest living artist to top the chart. When Bennett was 85 in 2011, he shattered Bob Dylan's record with his star-studded Duets II project. Bennett and Gaga's jazz album, which sold 131,000 copies its debut week, becomes Gaga's third chart-topper.
When a supporter for the mayor elect is found dead, Frank is put on the spot when the mayor wants him to position it to the public as a random act of violence. Meanwhile, Jamie goes undercover at a bar and meets a suspicious patron, on the second season premiere of BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Sept. 23 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood guest star as themselves and perform at the mayor elect's fundraiser. Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara guest stars as Lisa, Erin's close friend. Cassidy Gifford (daughter of Kathie Lee Gifford) guest stars as Mandy, a girl at the bar.
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