Tony Bennett's career and incredible longevity truly outshine even Mick Jagger! His recent passing on July 21, 2023, at the age of 96 marked the end of an extraordinary 80-year singing career. Despite the ever-changing landscape of popular music, from Rock to Disco, Punk, Rap, and more, Bennett's timeless voice remained relevant throughout the decades. It's no wonder that even Frank Sinatra, the epitome of classic pop singers, considered Tony Bennett's voice the best in the industry.
Ah, the memories of my dad's vast cassette collection playing in the car! While most of it gave me a stomachache, those grown-up ballads by Julio Iglesias, Emmanuel, and Jose Jose were cringe-worthy, to say the least. And let's not forget the moments when he'd unleash the mariachi tunes of Vicente Fernandez and Pedro Infante upon us, resulting in my stomachache turning into an all-out vomit fest. But amidst the questionable musical choices, my dad popped in a Tony Bennett cassette one day, and it was like a breath of fresh air. From that day on, Tony Bennett became the savior of our car rides, providing a musical ceasefire that brought joy to our travels. Especially when this song played:
One of my all-time favorite albums from Tony Bennett is "Cheek to Cheek," a delightful collaboration with Lady Gaga from 2014. This masterpiece is has a flawless recording, majestic voices, and beautiful songs.
Tony Bennett's music has grown beyond being a personal favorite; it has become the perfect accompaniment for various occasions. Whether setting the mood for a romantic "dinner in the candlelight" with Marilu or creating a welcoming ambiance for gatherings with friends, his soothing tunes always fit the bill. It has also become my go-to choice during social reunions because his music blends seamlessly into the background, avoiding any awkward questions about my "Moises' hard-core" music preferences, which could lead to stomach-churning suggestions from others. Playing Tony Bennett often ignites interest in the nostalgic charm of my dad's tapes, providing an excellent opportunity to share the magic of his timeless music with others.
As we bid farewell to this musical legend, Tony Bennett's legacy will forever live on, continuing to bring joy and harmony to generations of listeners worldwide.