Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett Sings..."Life is Beautiful"

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After 22 years with Columbia Records and a brief sojourn on MGM, Tony Bennett launched his own record label with this release. The title track was co-written by Fred Astaire, and the album also features such Bennett favorites as Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, and Irving Berlin, plus a Bennett reading of Herman Hupfield's "As Time Goes By." The result was a record that had nothing to do with pop music trends in 1975, which was exactly the way that Bennett wanted it. Decades later, it sounds fresher than many of his late '60s/early '70s attempts to be contemporary.