Tony Bennett, who turned 95 yesterday (August 3) and celebrated with a concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, has announced that his 61st studio album will be another collaboration with dance-pop singer Lady Gaga (his sidekick at Radio City). Columbia and Interscope Records will issue Love for Sale on October 1.
A tribute to Cole Porter, the recording will also be Bennett’s last, per the August 3 press statement.
Bennett, a jazz and traditional pop icon, was diagnosed in 2016 with Alzheimer’s disease, as he disclosed in a February interview with AARP magazine. The slow progress of the disease has allowed him to maintain his recording and performing schedules thus far.
Indeed, the initial diagnosis came amid one of the most successful periods of his long career. In late 2014, Bennett’s first album-length collaboration with Gaga, Cheek to Cheek, made him the oldest artist in history to achieve a No. 1 album on the Billboard pop charts. A successful and highly lucrative tour followed through most of 2015. The success clearly transcended Gaga’s presence: His 2018 album with Diana Krall, Love Is Here to Stay, rose to No. 11 on the Billboard chart.
Love for Sale was recorded between 2018 and early 2020. No tour has been planned. Bennett’s August 3-4 performances with Lady Gaga at Radio City have been billed as his final New York concerts.
The album can be preordered here.