Let Tony Bennett, 87, sing forever more

Let Tony Bennett, 87, sing forever more
Veteran crooner Tony Bennett (left) commands the stage after daughter Antonia (right) opens the show.

SINGAPORE - The longest lasting singer keeping the standards from the great American songbook alive today, Tony Bennett makes everything he does on stage seem so easy.

He turned 87 last month and, yes, the movements may be a little slow and measured, but his voice is still in splendid form.

It might sound a little rough around the edges, but the raspiness only served to give his voice more character. Every single vowel was articulated clearly and no melody was wasted.

And, yes, all the climactic, rousing endings in songs such as Fred Astaire/Frank Sinatra's One For My Baby (and One More For The Road) and For Once In My Life were belted out effortlessly. His delivery was greeted by several standing ovations during the concert.

Dressed in a cream jacket and dark trousers, he danced slowly to the music and even teased the audience with a couple of 360-degree twirls.

His daughter Antonia opened the show with a 20-minute set that comprised standards such as Noel Coward's Sail Away and George Gershwin's Embraceable You.

She is her father's daughter - her delivery was ultra smooth and she carried each melody with ease.

Bennett's youngest daughter would later come back on stage to do a duet with him on Old Friends.

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