He's got the world on a string.
With the release of "Love for Sale," his new album with Lady Gaga, earlier this month, Tony Bennett has earned a Guinness World Record, becoming the oldest person to release an album of new material. The jazz legend turned 95 in August, when he celebrated his birthday by performing with Gaga at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
"Wow, thank you to all my fans," Bennett said in a video commemorating his record-breaking achievement, premiering exclusively on usatoday.com.
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Bennett earned another obscure Guinness World Record in 2018 with his collaborative album "Love is Here to Stay" with Diana Krall. With a new version of "Fascinating Rhythm," he achieved the longest time between the release of an original recording and a re-recording of the same song by the same artist. He first released the song nearly 69 years earlier, in 1949.
"Love for Sale" is Bennett's last studio album of his more than 70-year career, during which he has earned 18 competitive Grammy Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He first collaborated with Gaga, 35, on 2011 single "The Lady is a Tramp," before releasing their standards album "Cheek to Cheek" in 2014.
Their second duets album consists entirely of Cole Porter covers, including "It's De-Lovely," "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "I've Got You Under My Skin."
"Tony is the top. He is the Colosseum," Gaga told USA TODAY last month, invoking Porter's "You're the Top." "I respect him with all my heart and every cell of my body."
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Bennett was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2016, which his family announced in an interview with AARP earlier this year. He recorded "Love for Sale" over roughly two years with Gaga, who immersed herself in jazz music before coming to the studio.
"I really put my nose in the ink – (meaning) the written music – and learned it letter for letter," Gaga says. "Then when I went to the studio, I threw out the ink. I had sang (these songs) enough times by then to express myself and really feel it.
"Tony taught me that. He always says to go deeper and deeper, until I was finally just singing to him."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tony Bennett earns Guinness record with Gaga album 'Love for Sale'
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