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More Info:Perfecting the art of excellence for over six decades, with over 105 albums selling over 50 million copies, Tony Bennett has come to represent the essence of elegance, tradition and artistic accomplishments. Tony celebrates his 80th birthday recording duets of his greatest hits with today's stars.
''Duets: An American Classic'' is an album by Tony Bennett, released in 2006.
The album was released in conjunction with Bennett's 80th birthday the previous month. The songs selected were mostly ones that Bennett had played a major role in introducing into the Great American Songbook.
Unlike some other celebrity duets efforts where performances were made separately and then combined by producers, such as Frank Sinatra's 1993 ''Duets'', Bennett was physically present with each of his partners during recording, and in addition the singing was done live as the band was playing.
It debuted at #3 on The Billboard 200 selling around 202,000 copies in its first week. The album spent five consecutive weeks in the Top 10 – a great achievement considering that was released during the competitive Christmas season – and was certified Gold in less than four weeks of release. It also reached #1 in Canada. - Wikipedia