Tony Bennett remembers Elton John, David Letterman, Harry Connick Jr. and more: ‘He’s irreplaceable’

Elton John, David Letterman and other stars paid tribute to Tony Bennett after his death on Friday morning, with John saying “he is irreplaceable”.

Bennett, whose professional career spanned eight decades and achieved a No. 1 album at age 85, died Friday morning in New York. He was 96 years old.

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John, who performed “Rags to Riches” with Bennett, shared his tribute via Instagram. He wrote: ‘So sad to hear of Tony’s passing. Without a doubt the classiest singer, man and performer you will ever see. He is irreplaceable. I loved and adored him. Condolences to Susan, Danny and family.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation shared a photo of Bennett with the late “Back to Black” singer and tweeted, “Today marks the end of an era as we bid farewell to Tony Bennett. A true star, a true gentleman and a wonderful friend and mentor to Amy. Thank you for the music Tony. Our heartfelt condolences and condolences to all his family and friends.”

Former late night host David Letterman shared a video of Bennett singing “Everybody Has The Blues” and tweeted “RIP, Tony.”

Harry Connick Jr. wrote: “rest in peace Tony…you changed the world with your voice…thank you for always being so kind to me…i love you and will miss you very much…”

In a statement, Rob Stringer, Chairman of Sony Music Group, said: ‚ÄúThere are few people in life who could surpass the achievements of legendary artist Tony Bennett. His biography reads like an inspirational and principled socio-cultural history spanning nearly a century. His artistry in recording and performing will be admired forever. Stringer added, “Everyone at Sony Music around the world loved him and we are now honored to represent his legacy.”

Music Supervisor of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Robin Urdang shared“I got a call this season from his record label that management was asking if we could use one of his songs in Maisel. We hadn’t used any yet and so were determined to find a placement. We’re glad we did. Bennett’s 1963 song “I Wanna Be Around” was used in the show’s series finale.

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