When you think of who in music is a “living legend” these days, the first few names that come to mind have got to be Tony Bennett and Beyoncé. And while there’s a considerable age difference between these two icons, a duet featuring both would undoubtedly unite generations.
Well, Tony Bennett is hoping for just that. The pop and jazz idol sat down with Ryan Seacrest to talk about his upcoming NBC special Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 last week (Dec. 16), and while he reminisced on some of his favorite duets, he told the story of one woman he’s still vying to work with. The Queens-bred singer told Seacrest that Queen Bey herself approached him with a proposition the first time they met.
“She’s thinking of something to do with me. We met at a benefit, and she said, ‘I’ve got an idea that we should do something together,'” Bennett said during his recent interview with On Air with Ryan Seacrest. “She didn’t tell me what it was yet, so we’ll see what happens!”
This wouldn’t be the first time an iconic old-timer like Bennett tapped into the talents of current pop diva for a duet. Tony teamed up with Lady Gaga back in 2014 for their collaborative jazz album Cheek to Cheek. The platinum-selling album won the pair a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album in 2015. Bennett recalled working with the Mother Monster fondly and said a second album from the two is a definite possibility.
“I’d love to do a second album with Lady Gaga,” said Tony. “She was performing at a benefit the first time I met her. I told her backstage, ‘You were terrific! I’d love to do an album with you someday.’ She said, ‘Let’s do it!’ Boom! We get along great. We’ve been close ever since.”
As the Beyhive and the Bennett-hive wait for a soulful collab between their two stars, Bennett is gearing up to celebrate his upcoming 90th birthday with some famous friends.
Don’t miss the Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 special, airing on December 20 at 9 PM ET on NBC.