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Great Performances: Tony Bennett: Duets II

Airs Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Tony Bennett is joined by Lady Gaga for “The Lady Is a Tramp.”

In celebration of his 85th birthday, the legendary Tony Bennett released the critically acclaimed "Duets II," which followed his Grammy-winning "Duets" CD, released in honor of his 80th birthday. Bennett made music history with "Duets II" when it debuted at the top of the Billboard Album charts, making Bennett the oldest artist to ever achieve the #1 spot. Featuring his greatest hits, performed by today’s biggest stars, "Duets II" was recorded live in studios from Los Angeles to London, New York to Italy, with Nashville in between.

The late Amy Winehouse sits with Tony Bennett. They perform “Body and Soul” together.
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Above: The late Amy Winehouse sits with Tony Bennett. They perform “Body and Soul” together.

Tony Bennett chats with Norah Jones.
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Above: Tony Bennett chats with Norah Jones.

Michael Bublé sits with Tony Bennett.
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Above: Michael Bublé sits with Tony Bennett.

Joined by a diverse roster of contemporary artists, including, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Michael Buble, k.d. lang, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Faith Hill, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood and Amy Winehouse in what became her last recording, the sessions were filmed to capture the magic of these performers singing with the master of the Great American Songbook: Tony Bennett.

"Tony Bennett: Duets II," a presentation of THIRTEEN’s GREAT PERFORMANCES, features full song performances including “Body and Soul” (with Amy Winehouse), “The Lady Is a Tramp”(with Lady Gaga), “Speak Low” (with Norah Jones), “The Way You Look Tonight” (with Faith Hill), “It Had to Be You (with Carrie Underwood), “On the Sunny Side of the Street” (with Willie Nelson), “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)” (with John Mayer), “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” (with Michael Bublé), “Blue Velvet” (with k.d. lang) and many more.

The stunning musical segments are highlighted by insights on the process from the performers, making for an entertaining and fascinating profile of one of the year’s most celebrated recordings.

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Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse Perform "Body And Soul"

Above: Music video by Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse performing Body And Soul. (C) 2011 Sony Music Entertainment

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In The Studio With Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

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Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Perform "The Lady Is A Tramp"

Above: Music video by Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga performing "The Lady Is A Tramp." (C) 2011 Sony Music Entertainment

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Tony Bennett & Norah Jones Perform "Speak Low"

Above: Music video by Tony Bennett & Norah Jones performing "Speak Low." (C) 2011 Sony Music Entertainment

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Tony Bennett & Andrea Bocelli Perform "Stranger In Paradise"

Above: Music video by Tony Bennett & Andrea Bocelli performing "Stranger In Paradise." (C) 2011 Sony Music Entertainment

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Interview with Tony Bennett

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Above: Tony Bennett talks about collaborating with Lady Gaga, Queen Latifah, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Willie Nelson, Amy Winehouse, and others to create the show "Tony Bennett: Duets II" and what it’s like to be creating new work at 85 years old.