Legendary singer, artist, and performer, Tony Bennett has been one of the world's most beloved entertainers for more than six decades. In this entertaining and thoughtful memoir, Bennett shares stories of friends and family and the essential life lessons they have taught him and pays tribute to the remarkable talents he has had the honor to work with and learn from, including: Luciano Pavarotti, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse, and Lady Gaga, to name just a few.
A magnificent testament to an extraordinary man, and filled with Bennett's own beautiful hand-drawn artwork, Life Is a Gift will captivate and delight music lovers of all ages.
About the Author
Tony Bennett grew up in Astoria, Queens, during the Great Depression in a family of Italian immigrants. After serving as an infantryman in World War II, he studied singing and then signed with Columbia Records, releasing his first hit in 1951. Over the course of his sixty-year career, he has sold millions of albums; has earned multiple platinum and gold records; has won two Emmy Awards and seventeen Grammys, including the Recording Academy's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award; and was named a Kennedy Center Honoree.
Mitch Albom writes for the Detroit Free Press, and has been voted America's No. 1 sports columnist ten times by the Associated Press Sports Editors. Albom, a former professional musician, hosts a syndicated daily radio show and appears regularly on ESPN's The Sports Reporters. He is the author of Bo and Fab Five, both national bestsellers, and has also published four collections of his columns. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.