Tony Bennett: I thought Lady Gaga would be bigger than Elvis. He is a well known American singer of popular music, standards, show tunes, and jazz believed this when he first heard her voice. The also accomplished painter and Gaga paired up to surprise more than seven hundred students, they gave them a music class yesterday, June 16, 2014 in New York. He also says that he was just blown away when he noticed how talented she was when he was introduced to her music. Speaking at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, he said:
”When I first heard Gaga sing my reaction was that she is going to be bigger than Elvis. She is so bright and intelligent and she has it. In jazz you either got it, the syncopation, the rhythm or you don’t, and when I heard Gaga I said, ‘She’s got it!”’
The eight seven year old in 2001 founded the school, now being one of the most successful performing arts centres in the city, helping to nurture talent and create future stars.
Gaga, twenty seven, also gushed about the legendary singer and told students: ”When I am with Tony I feel like I am 15 years old at home listening to Ella and Coltrane records.
”The way he sings is effortless and so prolific. It’s so liberating to be able to sing jazz, especially at this point in my career!”
The pair performed together, ‘The Very Thought of You’ and ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’.