By Carol Tannenhauser
Tony Bennett, the legendary singer, who was also a lifelong painter, died on Friday at the age of 96 in “his hometown of New York City,” according to his publicist, as reported by The New York Times and countless other media outlets. Mr. Bennett was univerally beloved, but had a special connection to the Upper West Side. As The Times put it, he “found his heart in Central Park.”
In a 2015 article, The Times wrote that Mr. Bennett became “a creditable painter as an adult,” painting “mostly landscapes and still lifes in watercolors and oils and portraits of musicians he admired….His identity as a painter is entwined with Central Park, which he [said] nourishes his creativity and is his antidote to urbanity. He moved to his apartment on Central Park South 20 years ago to be closer to it.”
West Side Rag joins the world in mourning the loss of Tony Bennett and celebrating his artistic gifts.
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