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Tony Bennett gets Gershwin prize from national library – Entertainment

Tony Bennett, the beloved and durable interpreter of American standards whose chart-topping career spans seven decades, has been honoured with this year’s Gershwin Prize for popular song.

The Library of Congress announced the award Tuesday. The lifetime achievement award named for the duo of George and Ira Gershwin was created by Congress to honour singers and songwriters who entertain, inform and inspire. Past recipients include Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder.

Bennett, 90, gained his first pop success in the early 1950s with a string of singles for Columbia Records, including Because of You and Rags to Riches. His 24 Top 40 hits included his signature song, I Left My Heart in San Francisco (1962), which won two Grammy awards.

Bennett enjoyed a career revival in the 1990s and became popular with younger audiences in part because of an appearance on MTV Unplugged. He continued recording and touring constantly, and in 2014, his collaboration with Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

“His staying power is a testament to the enduring appeal of the Great American Songbook the Gershwins helped write, and his ability to collaborate with new generations of music icons has been a gift to music lovers of all ages,” Librarian of Congress’ Carla Hayden said in a statement.

Tony Bennett gives a thumbs up as members San Francisco Boys and Girls Chorus and city and state Chief of Protocol Charlotte Shultz, left, look on, after Bennett’s statue was unveiled outside the Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill in San Francisco last year. (Eric Risberg/Associated Press)

Bennett recalled that one of his earliest recordings was Fascinating Rhythm, a song by the Gershwins.

“To be receiving an award named in their honor is one of the greatest thrills of my career, and I am deeply appreciative to the Library of Congress to be named this year’s recipient,” Bennett said in a…

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