Duets II (Tony Bennett album)

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Duets II
Tony Bennett - Duets II.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 20, 2011 (2011-09-20)[1]
RecordedSpring 2011
StudioLondon, Los Angeles, Tuscany, New York, Nashville
GenreVocal jazz
Tony Bennett chronology
A Swingin' Christmas
Duets II
Viva Duets
Singles from Duets II
  1. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
    Released: August 2, 2011 [2]
  2. "Body and Soul"
    Released: September 14, 2011
  3. "The Lady Is a Tramp[3]"
    Released: October 3, 2011
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[6]
American Songwriter3.5/5 stars[7]
Contactmusic.com3/5 stars[8]
Daily Express5/5[9]
The Guardian4/5 stars[10]
entertainment.ie3/5 stars[11]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[12]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[13]
The Telegraph4/5 stars[14]

Duets II is an album by Tony Bennett, released on September 20, 2011.[15] It was released in conjunction with Bennett's 85th birthday and is a sequel to his previous duet album, Duets: An American Classic. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" was released on iTunes as a free download on August 2, 2011.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

Duets II debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it his first No. 1 album and making Bennett the oldest living musician to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.[16] Duets II achieved Platinum sales status in Canada as certified by Music Canada.[17]

The album won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album in 2012, while Bennett and Amy Winehouse won the Grammy for Best Pop Duo or Group Performance for "Body and Soul".

"Body and Soul" was one of Winehouse's favorite songs, and the track, recorded in March 2011, would become Winehouse's final recording before her death a few months later.[18] "Body and Soul" was Bennett's first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in nearly 45 years.[19]

Duets II earned arranger Jorge Calandrelli the Grammy for the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for Bennett's duet with Queen Latifah on the track "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" The Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse standard was featured in the 1964 London West End and Broadway musical The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd. Bennett recorded the song late that year and hit the Billboard Top 40 [20] with the single.

Tony Bennett: Portrait of an Artist, the photography of Kelsey Bennett and Josh Cheuse, was on display at The Morrison Hotel Gallery SoHo.[21] The photo exhibit captured the creative essence during the recording process of the legendary artist's new album.

Track listing[edit]

The track listing for Duets II was released through the iTunes Store on August 2, 2011.[22]

No.TitleWriter(s)Duet partnerLength
1."The Lady Is a Tramp"Lady Gaga3:18
2."One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)"John Mayer2:58
3."Body and Soul"Amy Winehouse3:23
4."Don't Get Around Much Anymore"Michael Bublé2:42
5."Blue Velvet"
k.d. lang4:35
6."How Do You Keep the Music Playing"Aretha Franklin5:29
7."The Girl I Love"Sheryl Crow3:53
8."On the Sunny Side of the Street"Willie Nelson2:57
9."Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)"Queen Latifah3:53
10."Speak Low"Norah Jones3:56
11."This Is All I Ask"Gordon JenkinsJosh Groban4:36
12."Watch What Happens"Natalie Cole2:10
13."Stranger in Paradise"Andrea Bocelli5:03
14."The Way You Look Tonight"Faith Hill3:55
15."Yesterday I Heard the Rain"Alejandro Sanz3:44
16."It Had to Be You"Carrie Underwood3:51
17."When Do the Bells Ring for Me"Charles DeForestMariah Carey2:52
Total length:63:15



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[40] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[41] Platinum 80,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[42] Gold 30,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[43] Gold 5,000*
United States (RIAA)[44] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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