Tony Bennett, the timeless stylist, known for classic American songs and "I Left My Heart In San Francisco," passed away at 96.
Publicist Sylvia Weiner confirmed his death in New York, where he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2016.
He aimed to create a hit catalog rather than hit records, releasing over 70 albums and winning 19 Grammy Awards.
Bennett collaborated with artists like Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, k.d. lang, and Diana Krall across various genres.
Unlike Frank Sinatra, he interpreted songs, showcasing his masterful control over ballads and up-tempo numbers.
His courtly manner and rich voice made him a beloved performer who entertained and moved audiences.
Sinatra once said, "Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business," praising his ability to convey the composer's intentions and more.
Bennett's career flourished even in the rise of rock music, gaining new fans and younger collaborators.