Tony Bennett, the legendary singer and cultural icon, passed away on July 21, 2023 at the age of 96. He was a beloved figure in the music industry, and his death was mourned by fans around the world.
President Joe Biden released a statement following Bennett's death, calling him "an American classic." In the statement, Biden praised Bennett's "beautiful voice" and his "joyful spirit." He also noted Bennett's long and distinguished career, which spanned eight decades.
"For more than 70 years, Tony Bennett didn't just sing the classics – he himself was an American classic," Biden said. "Resisting the pull to adjust his style to fit in with the times, his distinct voice gave melody and rhythm about the good life, how the best is yet to come, the way you look tonight, and leaving your heart in San Francisco."
Biden also highlighted Bennett's commitment to social justice. "He lived history," Biden said. "He helped liberate prisoners at a subcamp of Dachau. He joined the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. He performed for Nelson Mandela, John F. Kennedy, and Queen Elizabeth II."
Bennett's death is a loss for the music world and for the country as a whole. He was a true American icon, and his legacy will continue to inspire people for generations to come.
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- President Joe Biden
- Statement on the Passing of Tony Bennett
- American classic
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- Nelson Mandela
- John F. Kennedy
- Queen Elizabeth II