Tony Bennett was no stranger to TV appearances

29 July 2023

Superstar that he was, Tony Bennett, who died last week at the age of 96, was a regular presence on television throughout his long career. It was an “MTV Unplugged” special in 1994, as Frank Sinatra was bringing the curtain down on his own career, with guests k.d. lang and Elvis Costello, that made Bennett the hip Italian saloon singer of choice among a generation that largely wouldn’t have noticed him before, or much before — the singer had been the year before nominated for an MTV Video Music Award, for “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” from his Fred Astaire songbook album “Steppin’ Out,” and appeared as a presenter alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers Anthony Kiedis and Flea at the awards show.

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