Legendary singer Tony Bennett has now added another record to his list of achievements. Bennett set a mark recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest person to release an album of new material when “Love for Sale,” his second album with Lady Gaga, was released on September 30.
“Wow, thank you to all my fans,” The 95-year-old said in an October 8 video reacting to the announcement of the record. Gaga, 35, said she was constantly inspired by her frequent collaborator despite the 60-year age gap.
“I see a young boy every time I sing with him, and it just makes the experience of singing so freeing,” she says in the video. “I also take in all his wisdom. The wisdom of all his years.”
The duo’s new album is a follow-up to their first 2014 collaboration album, “Cheek to Cheek.”
Bennett began singing at an early age. He fought in the final stages of World War II as a U.S. Army infantryman in the European Theater. Later on, he developed his singing technique, signed with Columbia Records and had his first number-one popular song with “Because of You” in 1951.
In February 2021, it was known that Bennett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016. Despite the slow progression of his illness, he continued to record, tour, and perform until his retirement from concert performances in August 2021.
He remains a popular and critically praised recording artist and concert performer to date. His work includes a collaboration with Lady Gaga, having toured and recorded two albums together, Cheek to Cheek (2014) and Love for Sale (2021).
It isn’t the first time Bennett has achieved a world record.
According to Guinness World Records, he holds four other titles: the oldest person to reach No. 1 on the U.S. album chart and to enter the U.K. top 20 album chart, as well as the longest time between U.K. top 20 albums (39 years) and between the release of an original recording and a re-recording of the same single by the same artist.