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Happy birthday, Tony Bennett!
In honor of Bennett’s 94th birthday on Monday, many of Bennett’s famous friends and fans, including Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel, shared loving messages to him.
Also, Bennett’s team celebrated the musical icon on Twitter by asking fans to send him their birthday wishes. “Happy 94th birthday to Tony Bennett!” the tweet read alongside a photo of the star. “We would love to share your warm wishes with him today. Feel free to share your message here, and tell us which album you’re playing to celebrate! – Team Tony.”
While Bennett has laid low these past years, the “Rags to Riches” singer participated in a sing-along in April in honor of those working on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.
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During the virtual performance, Bennett encouraged the city of San Francisco, and those around the world, to open their windows or go outside and sing to his signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
“Love you San Francisco, let’s sing our song!” Bennett said in a video posted on Twitter.
I am so proud to see San Francisco come together and make a difference during this uncertain time. Today at 12pm PDT, we’ll sing I Left My Heart in San Francisco together from home. I encourage you to join, record your performance, and share online! #SingOutSF pic.twitter.com/sv4nshOiS7
— Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) April 25, 2020
In December 2016, Bennett was honored in a belated 90th birthday celebration with the NBC special Tony Bennett Celebrates 90, which included celebrity participants like Lady Gaga, Alec Baldwin, Bruce Willis, and Stevie Wonder at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
“I’m still wide awake!” the iconic musician told PEOPLE at the time. “My doctor likes to kick me out of his office and say, ‘There’s nothing wrong with you — don’t bother me!’ “
“I’m very fortunate,” the father of four added.
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Bennett also said that “staying in top shape” remains a priority for him no matter the age.
“Usually people are still respected if they show up at 90, but they say, ‘He’s not like he used to be‘ and all that. And it’s not happening with me,” he said. “I still have a lot of energy when I hit the stage, and I feel blessed about the fact that I’m still going strong. We were always sold-out wherever we played throughout my whole career, and it’s a blessing to still have that happen at 90.”