He is one of the great figures of music. A crooner who achieved success thanks to his special voice and who delighted his audience with hits such as “Blue Velvet” Y “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”. His style was marked by popular music, ballads and jazz.
Last month, the artist’s family recounted that Bennett, at 94, fight against Alzheimer’s, disease that was detected a few years ago, but that did not produce a change in his legendary voice.
The singer’s wife and son revealed in the latest issue of AARP The Magazine that Bennet was diagnosed with irreversible neurological disorder in 2016. The magazine says what happens “increasingly rare moments of clarity and awareness’‘, as detailed by the agency AP.
This week, Tony Bennett was seen publicly after announcing his years-long battle with the disease. The music legend was seen accompanied by his wife Susan Crow, 54, while enjoying a leisurely walk through the iconic Central Park from New York City.
The singer greeted some people who recognized him with a smile. After sunbathing on a park bench, the couple returned home.
Although he was diagnosed four years ago, a little over a month ago, his relatives said that Tony began to show some signs in 2018, when he started recording the continuation of his album Cheek to Cheek (2014) with Lady Gaga, which will be released in the coming weeks.
Bennett continues rehearsing twice a week, as suggested by his neurologist, but the family did not say whether he would perform live of the new album. As it transpired, it is difficult to carry out a promotional campaign for their new songs.
His third wife, Susan, told the publication: ‘There are many things about him that I miss. Because he’s not old Tony anymore. But when he sings, he’s old Tony. ‘
It was a neurologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York who confirmed the diagnosis four years ago. Gayatri Devi, the star’s doctor, said: ‘He is doing so many things, at 94 years old, that many people without dementia cannot do. It really is the symbol of hope for someone with a cognitive disorder. ‘
So far, the singer presented some symptoms of the disease that include disorientation, bouts of rage, depression and a detachment from reality.
The artist -called Anthony Dominick Benedetto- rose to prominence in the 1950s and enjoyed a resurgence in the 1990s, gaining popularity with young audiences in part from an appearance on the MTV Unplugged. He continued to record and tour constantly.
His 2014 collaboration with Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek, debuted at number one on the popularity charts of Billboard. The album stayed with the Best Traditional Vocal Pop Album Awardfrom the 2015 Grammy Awards, giving Tony his 18th award and Gaga his sixth. The prestigious work sold more than 750 thousand copies only in the United States.
A few years ago, the pop figure hosted a master class at Bennett’s renowned school. The singer founded it in 2001, in his hometown of Astoria, Queens.
The students were able to enjoy a very special moment. The artist along with Gaga talked about different topics such as jazz, creativity and other topics. They also answered questions from the 700 participants.
The two sang classic American songs like “The Very Thought Of You” or “Every Time We Say Goodbye” by Cole Porter. You could also enjoy “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”, plus a theme of Cheek To Cheek.