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Tony Bennett Helps Build Student Studio

Record studio owner Dae Bennett once wowed our nation’s children and shocked their parents by helping to create “O.P.P.”, the Naughty by Nature hit that had everyone saying “Yeah, you know me!” Now, with a bit of monetary help from father Tony – yes, that Tony – he’ll help children learn the recording business at his new Bennett Studios, so they can record the classics of the future, maybe “O.P.P. 2002.”

The Tony Bennett Center for Media Arts, named in honor of the famous crooner and generous papa who underwrote its construction, will serve as a place for high school students in Tony’s former hometown of Englewood, N.J. to learn the record-making business hands-on. Students will have the opportunity to participate from start to finish in the creation of a published CD; interns will have the opportunity to learn all aspects of record studio business.

Says Tony: “What makes this project so exciting to me is bringing kids into the studio and giving them an opportunity to learn about recording, to teach them about the music business. It opens up the world to them.”

Appropriately enough, the studio will also contain a tribute to the elder Bennett. “It’s equivalent to a presidential library, a reflection of his life’s work,” his youngest son said. “It will include his artwork, memorabilia and music. We’re talking about a man who is incredibly gracious and classy. I want this to be a living legacy to him.”

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