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Duets II (Tony Bennett album)

Duets II (Tony Bennett album)Description : Duets II is an album by Tony Bennett, released on September 20, 2011. It was released in conjunction with Bennett's 85th birthday and is a sequel to his previous duet album, Duets: An American Classic. One of the songs, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", however, was released on iTunes as a free song on August 2, 2011.The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking his first No. 1 album, selling 179,000 copies. He also became the oldest living artist to debut at No. 1 on Billboar... Page:d275

Duets II
Tony Bennett - Duets II.jpg
Studio album by Tony Bennett
ReleasedSeptember 20, 2011 (2011-09-20)
Recorded2011
GenreVocal jazz
Length63:15
LabelColumbia
Producer
  • Phil Ramone
  • Dae Bennett
Tony Bennett chronology
A Swingin' Christmas
(2008)
Duets II
(2011)
Viva Duets
(2012)
Singles from Duets II
  1. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
    Released: August 2, 2011
  2. "Body and Soul"
    Released: September 14, 2011
  3. "The Lady Is a Tramp"
    Released: October 3, 2011
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic72/100
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars

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

The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking his first No. 1 album, selling 179,000 copies. He also became the oldest living artist to debut at No. 1 on Billboard 200. It was a milestone for Bennett in that it was not only his first No. 1 album but also his first album to debut at No. 1, both at the same time. Duets II recently achieved Platinum sales status in Canada as certified by Music Canada. The album won the Grammy Award for the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album amongst 2011 releases at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held in February 2012.

Bennett also won another 2011 Grammy at the same ceremony for his duet with Amy Winehouse on the standard "Body and Soul." The duo won the Grammy for Best Pop Duo or Group Performance. "Body and Soul" was one of Amy's favorite songs, and the track, recorded in March 2011, would become Winehouse's final recording before her death just a few months later, in July of that year. These two 2011 Grammy Awards were his 16th and 17th to date in his career, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to him in 2001. "Body and Soul" was Bennett's first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in nearly 45 years.

In addition, 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 with the single.

Bennett and duet partner Carrie Underwood performed "It Had to Be You," the duet they sing on Duets II, during the same Grammy Awards ceremony and were also presenters at the ceremony.

Tony Bennett: Portrait of an Artist, the photography of Kelsey Bennett and Josh Cheuse, was on display at The Morrison Hotel Gallery SoHo. 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.

No.TitleWriter(s)Duet partnerLength
1."The Lady Is a Tramp"  
  • Richard Rodgers
  • Lorenz Hart
Lady Gaga3:18
2."One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)"  
  • Harold Arlen
  • Johnny Mercer
John Mayer2:58
3."Body and Soul"  
  • Edward Heyman
  • Robert Sour
  • Frank Eyton
  • Johnny Green
Amy Winehouse3:23
4."Don't Get Around Much Anymore"  
  • Duke Ellington
  • Bob Russell
Michael Bublé2:42
5."Blue Velvet"  
  • Bernie Wayne
  • Lee Morris
k.d. lang4:35
6."How Do You Keep the Music Playing"  
  • Alan Bergman
  • Marilyn Bergman
  • Michel Legrand
Aretha Franklin5:29
7."The Girl I Love"  
  • George Gershwin
  • Ira Gershwin
Sheryl Crow3:53
8."On the Sunny Side of the Street"  
  • Jimmy McHugh
  • Dorothy Fields
Willie Nelson2:57
9."Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)"  
  • Anthony Newley
  • Leslie Bricusse
Queen Latifah3:53
10."Speak Low"  
  • Kurt Weill
  • Ogden Nash
Norah Jones3:56
11."This Is All I Ask"  Gordon JenkinsJosh Groban4:36
12."Watch What Happens"  
  • Norman Gimbel
  • Michel Legrand
Natalie Cole2:10
13."Stranger in Paradise"  
  • Robert Wright
  • George Forrest
  • Alexander Borodin
Andrea Bocelli5:03
14."The Way You Look Tonight"  
  • Jerome Kern
  • Dorothy Fields
Faith Hill3:55
15."Yesterday I Heard the Rain"  
  • Canache Armando Manzanero
  • Gene Lees
Alejandro Sanz3:44
16."It Had to Be You"  
  • Isham Jones
  • Gus Kahn
Carrie Underwood3:51
17."When Do the Bells Ring for Me"  Charles DeForestMariah Carey2:52
Total length:
63:15
Target bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Duet partnerLength
18."When You Wish Upon a Star"  
  • Leigh Harline
  • Ned Washington
Jackie Evancho3:44
19."They Can't Take That Away from Me"  
  • George Gershwin
  • Ira Gershwin
Brad Paisley2:59
Total length:
69:58
UK deluxe edition (Tesco exclusive)
No.TitleWriter(s)Duet partnerLength
18."When You Wish Upon a Star"  
  • Leigh Harline
  • Ned Washington
Jackie Evancho3:44
19."I've Got the World on a String"  
  • Harold Arlen
  • Ted Koehler
Diana Krall3:07
20."Steppin' Out with My Baby"  Irving BerlinMichael Bublé2:02
21."I Left My Heart in San Francisco"  
  • George Cory
  • Douglass Cross
Judy Garland2:01
Total length:
74:03
Deluxe edition bonus DVD
No.TitleLength
1."Duets II - The Making of the Album: Introduction"   
2."Recording with Norah Jones and Josh Groban"   
3."Recording with Willie Nelson, k.d. lang and Carrie Underwood"   
4."Duet with Andrea Bocelli"   
5."Duet with Alejandro Sanz"   
6."Duet with John Mayer"   
7."Duet with Michael Bublé"   
8."Recording with Queen Latifah"   
9."Credits"   

Charts

Chart (2011)Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart2
Austrian Albums Chart7
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)13
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)13
Canadian Albums Chart2
Croatian International Albums Chart7
Danish Albums Chart15
Dutch Albums Chart6
French Albums Chart21
German Albums Chart19
Greek Albums Chart13
Hungarian Albums Chart36
Irish Albums Chart13
Italian Albums Chart25
Mexican Albums Chart12
New Zealand Albums Chart2
Norwegian Albums Chart11
Polish Albums Chart6
Portuguese Albums Chart5
Spanish Albums Chart7
Swiss Albums Chart14
UK Albums Chart5
US Billboard 2001
US Jazz Albums (Billboard)1

Year-end charts

Chart (2011)Position
Australian Albums Chart9
Canadian Albums Chart27
French Albums Chart92
Mexican Albums Chart73
Polish Albums Chart88
Swedish Albums Chart62

Certifications

CountryCertificationSales/shipments
Australia2× Platinum140,000
MexicoGold30,000
CanadaPlatinum80,000
PolandGold10,000
USAPlatinum1,000,000
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