Tony Bennett becomes oldest person to chart on the Hot 100, buries other records in the process

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Fresh off his epic 85th birthday celebration, which featured guest appearances by Aretha Franklin, Elton John, and Bill Clinton, recent Tony Bennett has taken a wrecking ball to a handful of chart records thanks to the release of Duets II and his historic single with Amy Winehouse (which was tragically the late Winehouse’s final recording).

“Body and Soul,” the duet with Winehouse, entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 87, making Bennett the oldest living person to ever appear on that chart. He replaced George Burns, who charted with “I Wish I Was 18 Again” back in 1980 at the sprightly age of 84.

Bennett’s appearance on the Hot 100 also created a number of other new precedents for performers and longevity. The nearly 44 years between his last chart appearance and this one is the longest gap for a solo artist in history. The previous record holder was Otis Redding, who saw 42 years elapse between appearances on the chart — he just showed up on the chart again as a guest on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Otis” (though you can freely debate whether or not that should even count). Bennett also has the longest career-length chart span, having appeared on the very first Hot 100 way back in 1958.

He may not be done, as Billboard is projecting that Duets II could sell as many as 170,000 copies in its first week of release and may be strong enough to debut at the top of the albums chart. Bennett has never had a number-one album, though the first entry in the Duets series got as high as number three back in 2006. Not too shabby for an 85-year-old guy, eh?

Read more on EW.com:
Alec Baldwin skipped the Emmys to go to Tony Bennett’s birthday party
Tony Bennett says President Bush confided Iraq War ‘a mistake’
Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse’s ‘Body and Soul’ video: Watch it here


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  • PN

    Oh, Tony Bennett’s is going to sell far more than that prediction! All those big names on his album are going to push it even further than 170,000. And I’m sure many are getting it not just for the other singers, but for the duet he did with the late Amy Winehouse. And he’s still sounding great today. I saw him perform with Queen Latifah on the season finale of America’s Got Talent last week and he’s still in fine form! And this is from a young listener that has listened to some of Tony’s songs over the years.

  • angel

    Tony,

    your the best, frank sinatra comes second, love you man!!!!

  • abadstroller

    A class act for the ages AND for all ages. When I was a kid in the late ’70s, my parents dragged my sibs and me to see him and Lena Horne in concert. I didn’t really know who he and she were at the time, but thought their singing was good. The adult me wished that she could dope-slap young me into paying better attention and appreciating those two legendary performers! Happy birthday, Mr. Bennett, and thanks for your amazing song stylings all these many years!

  • ruta

    Bennett should sell tons of albums with all those names assisting and the fact that, even tho’ I love Latifah, he sang her under the table on “AGT” recently. No one can match the depth and soul of a voice that has been around for 87 years. It’s filled with wisdom.

  • michael gorman

    THE REASON WHY TONY BENNETTS NEW CD IS SELLING – CANT YOU SEE-HE USING ALL THESE OTHER ARTIST TO SELL THE RECORD BY HIMSELF HE WOULD NOT SELL ANYTHING I SAW HIM IN 1976 IN THE HEADLINER ROOM HE WAS OKAY NOTHING GREAT LIKE PEGGY LEE AND SINATRA OR SHIRLEY BASSEY -VIKKI CARR ECT-HE SHOULD RETIRE -

    • michael gorman

      THE REASON WHY TONY BENNETTS NEW CD IS SELLING – CANT YOU SEE-HE USING ALL THESE OTHER ARTIST TO SELL THE RECORD BY HIMSELF HE WOULD NOT SELL ANYTHING I SAW HIM IN 1976 IN THE HEADLINER ROOM HE WAS OKAY NOTHING GREAT LIKE PEGGY LEE AND SINATRA OR SHIRLEY BASSEY -VIKKI CARR ECT-HE SHOULD RETIRE – ALSO WHEN QUEEN LATIFIA SANG I’LL BE SEEING YOU ON THE ACADEMY ADWARD IS THE WORST I HAVE EVER HEARD I MEAN IT WAS A DISGRACE

      • michael gorman

        ANOTHER THING WHEN TONY WAS ON PIER MORGAN HE SAYS HIS CONCERTS ARE SOLD OUT- BU THATS NOT TRUE- THE COMPUTER SAY HIS SHOW ARE ONLY HALF FULL-UP IN RENO THEY HAD TO GIVE TICKET AWAY

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