Tony Bennett became the oldest living entertainer to top the music charts with Duets II, due in major part to the post-mortem fame of his duet with Amy Winehouse, “Body and Soul”. He also took home the Grammy last night for Best Performance By a Duo or Group, accepting the award with Winehouse’s parents, Janis and Mitch.
“get rid of all the gangsters that make people hide. One thing I’ve learned about young people, when you say ‘Don’t do this,’ that’s the one thing they’re going to try and do. Once it’s legal and everybody can do it, there is no longer the desire to do something that nobody else can do.”
Perhaps Bennett has more insight into the issue of addiction than we would imagine, as he struggled with cocaine addiction earlier in his career. The 17-time Grammy Award winner speaks about the issue:
“I witnessed that in Amsterdam. It’s legal, and as a result there’s no panic in the streets. There’s no deals, there’s no ‘Meet me at the corner and I’ll give you something.’ You’re always afraid you’re going to get arrested. You have to hide. Why do that?”