September 29, 2011 11:24

Tony Bennett becomes the oldest living person to top US album chart

The 85-year-old's 'Duets II' beats Bob Dylan's previous record

Tony Bennett becomes the oldest living person to top US album chart

Photo: Mark Allan/Press

Tony Bennett's 'Duets II' album has shot straight to the top of the US album chart.

The success of the record, which features collaborations with Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga, means that Bennett has become the oldest living performer to top the Billboard 200. The record is also his first US Number One in his 60-year career.

The album sold 179,000 copies in its first week, taking it to the top spot, reports Billboard.com.

The 14-time Grammy Award winner's previous highest position on the chart came in 2006, when his first 'Duets' album debuted and peaked at Number Three with sales of 202,000. The previous oldest performer to top the chart was Bob Dylan in 2009 with 'Together Through Life'. At the time he was 67 years old.

You can watch 'The Lady Is A Tramp', Bennett's duet with Lady Gaga, by scrolling down and clicking below. The song, originally featured in the Rodgers and Hart musical Babes In Arms and was penned in 1937.

It has previously been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr and Shirley Bassey.

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