ABOVE PHOTO: JOHN HOPE ELEMENTARY KINDERGARTNERS PERFORM AS SINGER, AND CIVIL RIGHTS WALK OF FAME INDUCTEE TONY BENNETT, middle background, laughs seated subsequent to inductee, Atlanta mayor, Shirley Franklin, again proper, throughout an induction ceremony at The Worldwide Civil Rights Stroll of Fame on the Martin Luther King Jr. Nationwide Historic Website in Atlanta. 13 new honorees together with actor Sidney Poitier; singer Tony Bennett; educator Marian Wright Edelman; editor and writer Lerone Bennett Jr.; and the late boxer Joe Louis, had been honored. (AP Photograph/Atlanta Journal-Structure, John Spink)
Reactions to the dying of Tony Bennett at age 96:
“So unhappy to listen to of Tony’s passing. No doubt the classiest singer, man, and performer you’ll ever see. He’s irreplaceable. I liked and adored him. Condolences to Susan, Danny, and the household.” — Sir Elton John, by way of Instagram.
“I really like having the ability to take classes from somebody like Tony. And one of many nice classes, I feel, is to be sturdy within the conviction of who you might be and robust sufficient to remain true to that as a result of tastes change, instances change. But when you realize what you’re doing and you’ve got confidence in that and integrity, the world will discover you. — Michael Bublé in an interview.
“Goodnight, #TonyBennett. Thanks to your dedication to like, civil rights, and a greater world.” And: “#TonyBennett was a nationwide and international treasure who utilized his platform as a legendary performer to face for Civil Rights. In 2002, @ TheKingCenter, underneath my mom’s management, awarded him our Salute to Greatness Award. It was our honor to honor Mr. Bennett.” — Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., by way of Twitter.
“His was a singular voice that made the transition from the period of Jazz into the age of Pop. I’ll at all times be pleased about his excellent contribution to the artwork of up to date music. He was a pleasure to work with. His power and enthusiasm for the fabric he was performing was infectious. He was additionally one of many nicest human beings I’ve ever recognized.” — Billy Joel, in a press release.
“Tony Bennett’s life was legendary. And his contributions to the humanities in America will endure. Jill and I’ve been followers of Tony’s music for a very long time — not solely due to his stunning voice, but additionally the enjoyment that he delivered to every thing he did.” — President Joe Biden, in a press release.
“Tony Bennett was an iconic songwriter and entertainer who charmed generations of followers. He was additionally man—Michelle and I’ll at all times be honored that he carried out at my inauguration. We’re considering of his spouse Susan, his youngsters, and everybody who’s lacking him as we speak.” — Former president Barack Obama, by way of Twitter.
“Tony Bennett was a consummate artist. All it’s a must to do is hearken to any one in every of his tons of of recordings to acknowledge that. Very early on, his music quietly wove itself into the material of our lives. His voice felt as acquainted and as shut because the voices of our family members. I do know that this was true for thousands and thousands of individuals all over the world. For Italian People who had been rising up in the midst of the 20th century, that familiarity ran even deeper. At a sure level, we began to think about that Tony would dwell perpetually. In fact, he didn’t. No person does. However the music? That’s one other story.” — Martin Scorsese, in a press release.
“Tony was one of the splendid individuals who ever lived. Variety, loving, gifted and beneficiant, he by no means allow us to down. Sending my like to Susan, Danny and their household and pals. Tony was a real champion.” — Nancy Sinatra, by way of Twitter.
“Relaxation in peace, Tony. You had been the epitome of a gentleman with a God given one-of-a-kind voice. It was actually an important honor of my profession and of my life to get to share the stage with you…” — Carrie Underwood, duet companion on “It Needed to Be You,” by way of Instagram.
“Tony Bennett was one of many true greats — an icon, legend, and masterful interpreter of the nice American Songbook. For over 70 years, his artistry and ‘cool’ wove himself into our hearts and tradition. We liked him at Motown, and in 1967 when he recorded one in every of our songs, ‘For As soon as In My Life,’ we had been thrilled and honored. His music and legacy will dwell on perpetually.” — Motown founder Berry Gordy, in a press release.
“RIP Tony Bennett. The very best of the very best. The final of the legends. A person whose coronary heart was as huge as his voice. The world’s foremost practitioner of the ‘Artwork of Excellence.’ Deepest love and condolences to my buddy Danny and the household.” — Stevie Van Zandt, by way of Twitter.
“Sending my prayers for and condolences to the household of #TonyBennett whose legendary profession spanned seven a long time. He marched with us in 1964. He was devoted to civil and human rights and to the humanities. He’ll dwell so long as we keep in mind him. #IleftmyheartinSanFrancisco.” — Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., by way of Twitter.
“We liked and admired Tony Bennett and marveled on the breadth of his expertise and depth of his dedication to creating a greater world. … We are going to at all times be personally grateful to Tony for performing on the 1993 Inaugural and for lending his abilities, again and again, to assist the work of the Clinton Basis. Along with his singular voice and beneficiant spirit, he lived his outstanding life with excellent pitch.” — former President Invoice Clinton and former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in a press release.
“This one shouldn’t sting a lot as a result of any of us would take 96 years, however man is it exhausting to think about a world with out the nice Tony Bennett.” — actor Josh Gad, by way of Twitter.
“The world was a greater place with Tony Bennett on the microphone in a tuxedo, singing. To one of many kindest, most loving folks I’ve ever recognized… Relaxation in peace, pricey Tony.” — actor and comic Ruth Buzzi, by way of Twitter.
“There’s no larger champion of the American songbook. If it’s Gershwin, if it’s Cole Porter, if it’s Rodgers and Hammerstein – that’s Tony Bennett. And the beauty of what he did is linked folks so powerfully by what I feel is the best connector, music, and one thing that may endure. These recordings are perpetually.” — Secretary of State Antony Blinken, chatting with an occasion Friday on the Aspen Safety Discussion board.
“Sesame Workshop mourns the passing of Tony Bennett, who introduced pleasure and music to thousands and thousands of individuals all over the world. Mr. Bennett joined us on Sesame Avenue in 1998 to show a traditional of his into a brand new favourite of ours.” — Sesame Avenue, by way of Twitter.
“RIP Tony Bennett. Such a giant loss. Deepest sympathy to his household and the world.” — Carole King, by way of Instagram.
“Relaxation in Peace to top-of-the-line to ever grace the stage. I used to be simply saying that the best gig I had ever witnessed was Tony Bennett at North Sea Jazz in 2012. It was like dropping a needle on a document. He was the final of the best technology of singers and musicians.” — guitarist Joe Bonamassa, by way of Twitter.
“My most heartfelt condolences exit to Tony Bennett’s household and pals. They’re additionally my emotional household and pals.” — producer Nile Rodgers, by way of Twitter.
“Ahhh, RIP Tony Bennett, actually one of many greats. The primary album I had was Tony Bennett sings 10 Rodgers and Hart songs, from when my document firm in 1976 let me do a ‘financial institution raid’ of their vinyl inventory and I used to be a fan from there on in. An unimaginable singer dwell, noticed him many instances.” — musician, singer, and songwriter Paul Younger, by way of Twitter.