Scoring a collaboration with Amy Winehouse for Duets II was the best thing to happen to Tony Bennett since he left his heart in San Francisco -- had Winehouse not passed away in late July, he would have been responsible for an epic comeback; because she did die, he's in possession of her last-ever recording. Either way, few might have assumed an 85-year-old American crooner who hit his prime five decades ago would be responsible for reviving a 27-year-old British singer's troubled career. In truth, however, Bennett was probably quite qualified for the gig -- he nearly died of a cocaine overdose in the late 1970s and returned to prominence by introducing audiences to the kind of jazz standards that heavily influenced Winehouse.
Bennett's album comes out in a week, on September 20th. Today would have been Amy's 28th birthday, a date that'd carry far less significance had she not tragically and suddenly died (of so-far undetermined causes) two months ago. Is it crass that Bennett's team chose today to reveal "Body and Soul," the cover the two recorded together at London's famed Abbey Road Studios on March 23rd, or is it a fitting tribute to a fallen star? Chew on that query while watching the duo's session, which was filmed by gifted cinematographer Dion Beebe for a Bennett documentary. Prepare to be wowed by Winehouse, who looks and sounds fantastic.
All profits from the sale of Bennett's "Body and Soul," available on iTunes today, will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which, shockingly, also got off the ground today after some truly inane delays. It even has a working website and a mission statement: "The Amy Winehouse Foundation is being set up in Amy's memory to support charitable activities in both the UK and abroad that provide help, support or care for young people, especially those who are in need by reason of ill health, disability, ﬁnancial disadvantage or addiction."
- Amy Winehouse
- Tony Bennett