Duets II (Tony Bennett album)

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Duets II
Tony Bennett - Duets II.jpg
Studio album by Tony Bennett
Released September 20, 2011 (2011-09-20)[1]
Recorded 2011
Genre Vocal jazz
Length 63:15
Label Columbia
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
Source Rating
Metacritic 72/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[6]

Duets II is an album by Tony Bennett, released on September 20, 2011.[7] It was released in conjunction with Bennett's 85th birthday and is a sequel to his previous duet album, Duets: An American Classic. One of the songs, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", however, was released on iTunes as a free song on August 2, 2011.[2]

The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking his first No. 1 album, selling 179,000 copies. He also became the oldest living artist to debut at No. 1 on Billboard 200.[8] It was a milestone for Bennett in that it was not only his first No. 1 album but also his first album to debut at No. 1, both at the same time. Duets II recently achieved Platinum sales status in Canada as certified by Music Canada.[9] The album won the Grammy Award for the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album amongst 2011 releases at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held in February 2012.

Bennett also won another 2011 Grammy at the same ceremony for his duet with Amy Winehouse on the standard "Body and Soul." The duo won the Grammy for Best Pop Duo or Group Performance. "Body and Soul" was one of Amy's favorite songs, and the track, recorded in March 2011, would become Winehouse's final recording before her death just a few months later, in July of that year.[10] These two 2011 Grammy Awards were his 16th and 17th to date in his career, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to him in 2001. "Body and Soul" was Bennett's first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in nearly 45 years.[11]

In addition, 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 [12] with the single.

Bennett and duet partner Carrie Underwood performed "It Had to Be You," the duet they sing on Duets II, during the same Grammy Awards ceremony and were also presenters at the ceremony.

Tony Bennett: Portrait of an Artist, the photography of Kelsey Bennett and Josh Cheuse, was on display at The Morrison Hotel Gallery SoHo.[13] 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.[14]

No. Title Writer(s) Duet partner Length
1. "The Lady Is a Tramp"   Lady Gaga 3:18
2. "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)"   John Mayer 2:58
3. "Body and Soul"   Amy Winehouse 3:23
4. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"   Michael Bublé 2:42
5. "Blue Velvet"  
  • Bernie Wayne
  • Lee Morris
k.d. lang 4:35
6. "How Do You Keep the Music Playing"   Aretha Franklin 5:29
7. "The Girl I Love"   Sheryl Crow 3:53
8. "On the Sunny Side of the Street"   Willie Nelson 2:57
9. "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)"   Queen Latifah 3:53
10. "Speak Low"   Norah Jones 3:56
11. "This Is All I Ask"   Gordon Jenkins Josh Groban 4:36
12. "Watch What Happens"   Natalie Cole 2:10
13. "Stranger in Paradise"   Andrea Bocelli 5:03
14. "The Way You Look Tonight"   Faith Hill 3:55
15. "Yesterday I Heard the Rain"   Alejandro Sanz 3:44
16. "It Had to Be You"   Carrie Underwood 3:51
17. "When Do the Bells Ring for Me"   Charles DeForest Mariah Carey 2:52
Total length:



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