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Great Performances: Tony Bennett's Duets II

Tuesday, August 6, 8 p.m. on WKAR | Watch and call or Give Now for special DVD offers.

In celebration of his 85th birthday, the legendary Tony Bennett released the critically acclaimed Duets II, which followed his Grammy-winning Duets CD, released in honor of his 80th birthday.

Bennett made music history with Duets II when it debuted at the top of the Billboard Album charts, making Bennett the oldest artist to ever achieve the #1 spot. Featuring his greatest hits, performed by today’s biggest stars, Great Performances: Duets II was recorded live in studios from Los Angeles to London, New York to Italy, with Nashville in between.

Bennett was joined by a diverse roster of contemporary artists, including, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Michael Buble, k.d. lang, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Faith Hill, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood and Amy Winehouse in what became her last recording. The sessions were filmed to capture the magic of these performers singing with the master of the Great American Songbook: Tony Bennett.

Full song performances include “Body and Soul” (with Amy Winehouse), “The Lady Is a Tramp”(with Lady Gaga), “Speak Low” (with Norah Jones), “The Way You Look Tonight” (with Faith Hill), “It Had to Be You (with Carrie Underwood), “On the Sunny Side of the Street” (with Willie Nelson) and many more.

The stunning musical segments are highlighted by insights on the process from the performers, making for an entertaining and fascinating profile of one of the year’s most celebrated recordings.

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