At first (or even second) glance, it's an unlikely pairing. He's the elegant, gentlemanly jazz icon who left his heart in San Francisco, singing classics from the Great American Songbook.   She's the dance-pop sensation known for flamboyant costumes (a meat dress, a Kermit the Frog jacket), fame-themed hits ("Paparazzi," "Applause"), and fan...

by Generoso D'Agnese Per Hollywood era un "crooner", un intrattenitore professionista, e il suo nome correva sulle bocche di tutto il mondo.   Per Montesilvano, Abruzzo, Dean Martin (Dino scelse questo nome anglofonizzando il cognome del tenore italiano Nino Martini) è rimasto invece, per tutta la vita, "zi Dean", il figlio del barbiere Gae...

By John Carucci   A star-studded guest list that included John Travolta, Bruce Willis and Lady Gaga helped celebrate Tony Bennett's 90th birthday on Wednesday. "This particular day is the best moment in my life. The whole day has been magical. The whole world is showing up for me and wishing me well on my 90th birthday, and I can't be more b...

Tony Bennett isn't impressed with the music of the moment. "The new songs that are on the charts right now, they won't last," he tells the Daily News. "Today, it's all about making the big buck, to be heard on the radio, to sell a million records. And then it's forgotten."   Those may sound like the words of a classic grump, consigned to th...

As we already did with music, radio, religion, cinema, sport, literature, theater, consumerism and cuisine, today we analyze the relationship between Italy and the United States from the point of view of another fundamental paradigm for the last century: television.   We do this with a young Italian talent, Luca Martera: scholar, writer, director...

By Timothy R. Smith   "Sinatra 100" is a spacious and mesmerizing picture book, documentingFrank Sinatra's life, from his birth in Hoboken, N.J., through his final years. It's full of the cool and class we expect from the Chairman.   We see him reading sheet music at a lectern, cigarette in hand; dressed as a sultan and riding a camel...

by Jack Silverman   Waching Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's electric performance on The Colbert Report last week, a couple of things stood out. First, whether she's delivering a synth-pop megahit to a 20,000-strong arena crowd or a jazz standard to a small studio audience, Gaga is a phenomenal singer.   Second, despite being 88 years old...

By Robin Leach   When Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli usually takes the stage, it's before an audience of thousands in a stadium, arena, park or an Olympic or Expo ceremony. In 2011, more than 150,000 Brazilians packed into an open-air concert, and his cold, rainy evening concert in Central Park with our Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion dre...

On paper, they're an admittedly odd couple: Tony Bennett, the legendary jazz and pop singer, and Lady Gaga, the quirky queen of modern rock and outré fashions. He's 88 years old, she's 28. Tony strolls on stage in a dapper tuxedo, she's shown up before in a dress made of meat.   But then there are the things they have in common: Big, powerho...

by Cookie Curci   As a writer of nostalgia, I have a passion for things and events that have faded into the past: things such as the grand old Wurlitzer jukebox that once held a place of honor in my Dad's 1940's soda shop, and the classic chromed Seeburg jukebox that later took center stage in the 1950's and '60s. As the youngest child in my...