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Iconic Vocalist Tony Bennett’s Long Goodbye

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SINGING WITH ALZHEIMER'S: Look back at Iconic crooner Tony Bennett, commanding Radio City's great stage, in his "One Last Time" sold-out performance in New York City. (Video+Article)

The decision for Tony Bennett to retire came following his two August 2021 sold-out performances at Radio City Music Hall with Lady Gaga, titled “One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga” — one of which was held to celebrate Bennett’s 95th birthday.

The decision to end live performances by the golden-voiced singer was not due to any issue with his voice.

The 95-year-old crooner officially retired due to issues relating to his age and his health — and his Alzheimer’s.

Bennett’s family revealed in February 2021 that Tony Bennett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2016. Many didn’t believe it.

The singer’s son, Danny Bennett, 66, confirmed to Variety on August 13 that Bennett is still a “capable performer.” But the decision to cancel the remaining tour dates was made by his doctors.

It was the traveling that prompted the decision, the younger Bennett said. “Look, he gets tired. The decision is being made that doing concerts now is just too much for him. We don’t want him to fall on stage, for instance — something as simple as that.”

In answer to those who insisted there was no way Tony Bennett had Alzheimer’s, his son Danny explained simply, “My answer is that this is where he has lived his whole life and where he is most happy — on the stage, making music.

Dealing as we have with Alzheimer’s for the last four-five years, it’s cognitive. He has short-term memory loss. That, however, does not mean that he doesn’t still have all this stored up inside of him. He doesn’t use a Teleprompter. He never misses a line.

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Debbie
Debbie
June 1, 2023 12:59 am
  • Mr Bennett,

Totally taken back by this news. Saw you years ago in the Boston area… always a great performer… wish you and your well health….. ♥️🙏♥️

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It is a place where we separate out the wheat from the chaffe, the important articles & videos from each week’s river of news. With a new post on Alzheimer’s or dementia appearing on the internet every 7 minutes, the site’s focus on the best information has been a help to many over the past 15 years. Thanks to our many subscribers for your supportive feedback.

The site is dedicated to all those preserving the dignity of the community of people living with dementia.

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