Duets II (Tony Bennett album)

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Duets II
Tony Bennett - Duets II.jpg
Studio album by Tony Bennett
Released September 20, 2011 (2011-09-20)[1]
Recorded Spring 2011
Studio London, Los Angeles, Tuscany, New York, Nashville
Genre Vocal jazz
Length 63:15
Label Columbia
Tony Bennett chronology
A Swingin' Christmas
Duets II
Viva Duets
Singles from Duets II
  1. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
    Released: August 2, 2011 [2]
  2. "Body and Soul"
    Released: September 14, 2011
  3. "The Lady Is a Tramp[3]"
    Released: October 3, 2011
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 72/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[6]

Duets II is an album by Tony Bennett, released on September 20, 2011.[7] It was released in conjunction with Bennett's 85th birthday and is a sequel to his previous duet album, Duets: An American Classic. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" was released on iTunes as a free download on August 2, 2011.[2]

Awards and honors

Duets II debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it his first No. 1 album and making Bennett the oldest living musician to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.[8] Duets II achieved Platinum sales status in Canada as certified by Music Canada.[9]

The album won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album in 2012, while Bennett and Amy Winehouse won the Grammy for Best Pop Duo or Group Performance for "Body and Soul".

"Body and Soul" was one of Winehouse's favorite songs, and the track, recorded in March 2011, would become Winehouse's final recording before her death a few months later.[10] "Body and Soul" was Bennett's first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in nearly 45 years.[11]

Duets II earned arranger Jorge Calandrelli the Grammy for the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for Bennett's duet with Queen Latifah on the track "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" The Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse standard was featured in the 1964 London West End and Broadway musical The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd. Bennett recorded the song late that year and hit the Billboard Top 40 [12] with the single.

Tony Bennett: Portrait of an Artist, the photography of Kelsey Bennett and Josh Cheuse, was on display at The Morrison Hotel Gallery SoHo.[13] The photo exhibit captured the creative essence during the recording process of the legendary artist's new album.

Track listing

The track listing for Duets II was released through the iTunes Store on August 2, 2011.[14]

No. Title Writer(s) Duet partner Length
1. "The Lady Is a Tramp" Lady Gaga 3:18
2. "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)" John Mayer 2:58
3. "Body and Soul" Amy Winehouse 3:23
4. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" Michael Bublé 2:42
5. "Blue Velvet"
k.d. lang 4:35
6. "How Do You Keep the Music Playing" Aretha Franklin 5:29
7. "The Girl I Love" Sheryl Crow 3:53
8. "On the Sunny Side of the Street" Willie Nelson 2:57
9. "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" Queen Latifah 3:53
10. "Speak Low" Norah Jones 3:56
11. "This Is All I Ask" Gordon Jenkins Josh Groban 4:36
12. "Watch What Happens" Natalie Cole 2:10
13. "Stranger in Paradise" Andrea Bocelli 5:03
14. "The Way You Look Tonight" Faith Hill 3:55
15. "Yesterday I Heard the Rain" Alejandro Sanz 3:44
16. "It Had to Be You" Carrie Underwood 3:51
17. "When Do the Bells Ring for Me" Charles DeForest Mariah Carey 2:52
Total length: 63:15



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[32] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[33] Platinum 80,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[34] Gold 30,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[35] Gold 10,000*
United States (RIAA)[36] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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