Statement from President Joe Biden on the Passing of Tony Bennett

For over 70 years, Tony Bennett didn’t simply sing the works of art – he personally was an American work of art. Opposing the draw to change his style to find a place with the times, his particular voice gave the song and beat about the easy street, how the best is on the way, the manner in which you look this evening, and leaving your heart in San Francisco.

He started out as a singing waiter in New York City and went on to become one of the most popular performers in America. He sold tens of millions of records and won over generations of fans. He generally tracked down new crowds and teammates to charm – the characteristic of a really immortal craftsman.

En route, he lived history. He assisted in the release of prisoners from a Dachau subcamp. He joined the 1965 social equality walk from Selma to Montgomery. He performed for Nelson Mandela, John F. Kennedy, and Sovereign Elizabeth II, and recorded music with everybody from the Count Basie Ensemble to Woman Crazy. Bob Hope gave him the stage name. Forthcoming Sinatra was his guide. There’s not even a shadow of a doubt – Tony Bennett’s life was incredible. What’s more, his commitment to artistic expression in America will persevere.

Jill and I have been enthusiasts of Tony’s music for quite a while – due to his extraordinary voice, yet in addition, the delight that he brought to all that he did. We send our most profound sympathies to his family and fans all over the planet.

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