Tony Bennett

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Enjoy an all-star tribute to Tony Bennett, the 2017 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, with performances by Tony Bennett, Chris Botti, Michael Bublé, Michael Feinstein, Savion Glover, Josh Groban, Wé McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Vanessa Williams and a special presentation by Wynton Marsalis — with Bruce Willis as host and Gregg Field as music director. 

Airing on RMPBS on Friday, January 12 at 9pm or Saturday, Janurary 13 at 1:30am.

At age 91, with new releases, top honors and widespread acclaim, it seems like Tony Bennett has “the world on a string.”  But it hasn’t always been easy for the kid from Astoria, Queens, New York.

Early successes were dragged down by the rush to pop and rock music in the 60s and 70s, before Bennett found himself again.  The great songs of the 20s, 30s and 40s, that’s Bennett’s songbook, and it seems like the rest of us have come around to Bennett’s way of thinking.

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