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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Tony Bennett and... Lady Gaga??

I'm breaking my two-months silence for a bit of a break from the usual routine here... to bring you this video which has been blowing my mind lately. It's from Tony Bennett's brand-new Duets II album, and features the greatest living traditional pop vocalist teaming up with none other than today's hottest pop sensation, Lady Gaga, for a rendition of Rodgers & Hart's "The Lady Is a Tramp".

I never would've imagined I'd like this as much as I do, but it cannot be denied that Ms. Gaga indeed has some talent! Honestly, her voice here reminds me a bit of Keely Smith and Anita O'Day. It just goes to prove what I've said in the past--that today's vocalists are often extremely talented, yet sabotage themselves with sub-par material in order to sell records. When given some quality standards to work with, they finally demonstrate what they really can do.

Enjoy! And congratulations to Mr. Bennett for staying in the mix all these years... I can't believe the Red Hot Chili Peppers stunt on the MTV Music Video Awards was nearly two decades ago...

6 comments:

BISH said...
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BISH said...

Thx for this. The Anita O'Day/Lady Ga Ga comparison is quite apt . . .

Bennett is amazing, re-inventing himself over and over. Two years ago I saw Buble in concert on a Friday night and Bennett in concert the next evening. The Buble concert was excellent, but the Bennett concert blew it away . . .

emma wallace said...

Hadn't seen this before - wow! She sounds great and they have fabulous chemistry together.

Sally said...

This is fantastic! She fits in with this style surprisingly well. She should work with it more often!

B-Sol said...

Glad you agree on the comparison, BISH. I knew it couldn't just be me.

Emma, the woman has talent. If only she sang stuff like this more often. Of course, sadly, she probably wouldn't be as rich and famous if she did.

Sally--couldn't agree more. Here's hoping for a standards album from her.

BISH said...

A standards album by Lady Gaga . . . If she did it, I'd buy it . . .

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