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article imageTony Bennett sings, dances, jokes and going strong at 85

By Leo Reyes     Sep 19, 2011 in Entertainment
Popular singer Tony Bennett celebrated his 85th birthday at the Metropolitan Opera House Sunday with former US President Bill Clinton and wife State Secretary Hillary Clinton as special guests.
The popular singer, who looked 55 during the star-studded concert, performed for over an hour and singing or dancing with other celebrities that include Aretha Franklin, Elton John and Alejandro Sanz
"I think it is amazing. He is amazing. This just goes to tell you nobody under 85 can complain about jack," said Whoopi Goldberg, who was also in attendance. "Don't tell me you are tired. I don't want to hear it. Tony Bennett can sing a cappella in the Met."
The former US President said he and wife Hillary are long time fans of Tony Bennett, who is also a painter.
"Tony Bennett has become part of our lives. Something special. Something different. An artist in so many ways," Clinton said.
Bennett, whose actual birthday was August 3, sang his signature song, "I left My Heart in San Francisco", "The Best is Yet to Come, among others.
Bennett was born and raised in New York . He started his singing career in 1949 and has remained active and popular until now.
Among the songs he popularized are "Because of You" and "Rags to Riches" aside from his signature song.
Aside from singing, Bennett has also a flourishing career in painting under Benedetto, his real name He has exhibited his works in numerous galleries around the world with some of his paintings selling for about $80,000 each.
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