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Watch Tony Bennett Duet "Sing, You Sinners" with John Legend

Bennett — a music icon with a decades-spanning jazz and swing career — passed away in July. He was 96. 

By Christopher Rosa

Tony Bennett — one of the most popular singers of both the 20th and 21st centuries — passed away Friday, July 21 at the age of 96. 

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Watch the Season 25 premiere of The Voice Monday, February 26 at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock. 

His career spanned eight decades and included 61 studio albums, 19 Grammy Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award), and collaborations with everyone from Christina Aguilera to Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, and Lady Gaga. His work with Gaga is perhaps the most prolific of his duets, as they released two full albums together and embarked on a 36-show tour. Bennett's last album, Love for Sale, was with Gaga, as was his last-ever live performance (in 2021 at Radio City Music Hall). 

Bennett's legacy will endure through his many albums and performances that, thankfully, the internet has archived. One such set happened during the 2006 NBC special Tony Bennett: An American Classic, when The Voice's John Legend joined forces with Bennett to duet "Sing, You Sinners." ("Sing, You Sinners" was written by Sam Coslow and first appeared in the 1930 movie Honey starring Lillian Roth. It was also featured in a 1938 movie of the same name starring Bing Crosby.) 

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Tony Bennett singing on stage.

Tony Bennett performs "Sing, You Sinners" with John Legend

Watch Bennett and Legend's duet here.

Bennett and Legend's take on "Sing, You Sinners" also appeared on Bennett's 2006 album Duets: An American Classic. That record featured collaborations with a slew of A-listers, including Dixie Chicks, James Taylor, Elton John, Billy Joel, Tim McGraw, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Michael Bublé, Sting, Bono, and George Michael. 

Split image of Tony Bennett and John Legend

"We lost one of the greats today," Legend wrote on Instagram about Bennett's passing. "Tony Bennett was such a wonderful Artist and a lovely man. It was an honor to spend time and make music with him." 

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Legend's fellow Coach on The Voice, Reba McEntire, also shared a photo of herself and Bennett to Instagram and wrote a touching tribute to him. "I had the pleasure of being around @itstonybennett twice in my career, both times at Christmas," she wrote. "He was a gentleman and a music icon and his voice will live on for years to come. Rest in peace, Tony." 

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