Tony Bennett Is Retiring At 95

( After more than seventy years, the curtain has come down on the career of legendary performer Tony Bennett. Last week, Bennett’s son Danny announced that, following his doctor’s orders, the 95 year-old singer has made the “hard decision” to retire – cancelling the remaining date of his current tour.

Danny, who has served as his father’s manager for over 40 years, told Variety that Tony Bennett’s declining health prompted this decision, adding that Tony’s wife Susan fully supports her husband’s decision to retire.

Though Bennett’s voice remains as powerful as ever, Danny said the pressures of doing tours leaves him easily tired. Worries over Bennett’s physical well-being, especially in light of how much doing concerts takes out of him, prompted them to make the decision to call it a day.

Earlier this year Bennett’s family revealed that Tony had been diagnosed with dementia back in 2016, however Bennett remained committed to continue performing. At the time, Bennett tweeted “Life is a gift – even with Alzheimer’s.”

But at the end of the day, Bennett is 95. The constant grind of travel from city-to-city would take its toll on even those half his age. So last Tuesday, the icon of American music cancelled his upcoming concerts in New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Arizona, Oklahoma and Canada.

Just last week, Bennett teamed up with Lady Gaga for two nights of performances at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Both concerts were filmed and will be broadcast at a later date. Ten years ago, Bennett had previously collaborated with Lady Gaga as part of his 2011 album “Duets II” for which Bennett and Lady Gaga performed “The Lady is a Tramp.”

In 2014, they teamed up again for the album “Cheek to Cheek” which debuted at number one on the Billboard album charts. They followed its release with the “Cheek to Cheek” tour which ran from late 2014 to August 2105. The album earned Bennett and Lady Gaga a Grammy for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal.”

Since he first hit the big time in 1951, Tony Bennett has won 18 Grammy awards and sold over fifty million records.