Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

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Singers Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga describe the origin of their creative collaboration. (8:08)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY!

MY GUESTS TONIGHTHAVE A NEW ALBUM OF DUETS CALLED

"CHEEK TO CHEEK.."

I'LL ASK WHOSE CHEEK GOT TOPBILLING.

PLEASE WELCOME TONY BENNETT ANDLADY GAGA.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)♪♪

>> LADY, GOOD TO SEE YOU.

TONY, ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE YOU.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEINGHERE

>> Stephen: WHAT A DELIGHT ANDHONOR AND SURPRISE.

I'M HONORED TO HAVE YOU HERE,I'M A BIG FAN OF YOU BOTH

TONY, I HAVEN'T SEEN YOU SINCEWE WERE BOTH SINGING IN FRONT OF

250,000 PEOPLE IN A MALL INWASHINGTON, D.C.

WE PARED IT DOWN TONIGHT TO THECORE GROUP.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)GAGA THANKS FOR COMING ON

FOR THE FIRST TIME TO THE SHOW.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVINGME.

>> Stephen: YOU TWO ARE ALITTLE BIT OF AN UNUSUAL PAIR.

>> REALLY?>> Stephen: DON'T EXPECT IT

NECESSARILY. TONY, YOU'RE KNOWNFOR LEAVING YOUR HEART IN

SAN FRANCISCO.

GAGA, ONE MIGHT EXPECT YOUTHE FIND IT AND TURN INTO A

HAT. HOW DID THIS COMEABOUT?

>> DO YOU KNOW WHERE I COULD GETA HEART TO DO THAT?

>> Stephen: WHEN THE CAMERASARE OFF I KNOW A GUY.

SO HOW DID THIS COME ABOUT?HOW DID YOU GUYS GET TOGETHER?

>> YOU TELL HIM, TONY.

WHAT HAPPENED WITH ME, WE DIDA BENEFIT FOR THE POOR PEOPLE OF

MANHATTAN.

REMEMBER THAT?

>> YES, THE ROBIN HOOD BENEFIT

>> Stephen: THERE ARE POORPEOPLE IN MANHATTAN?

(LAUGHTER)>> YES TOO MANY.

QUITE A FEW.

>> Stephen: WOW.

I THOUGHT THEY MOVED TO QUEENS.

SORRY.

(LAUGHTER)>> WHEN I SAW HER PERFORM, I

SAID, I NEVER HEARD ANYBODY THATTHE PUBLIC LOVED MORE THAN

LADY GAGA, THE FIRST TIME IHEARD HER

>> THANK YOU, TONY.

>> Stephen: SOME PEOPLE FROMYOUR AGE BRACKET, SHALL WE SAY,

MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SEE PAST SOMEOF THE OUTRAGEOUS CHOICES GAGA

HAS MADE. WHAT DID YOU HEAR WHENYOU HEARD HER SING?

DID SHE REMIND YOU OF ANYBODYYOU HAD SUNG WITH BEFORE?

BECAUSE YOU'VE SUNG WITH THEMALL

>> SHE'S THE MOST CONSUMMATEPERFORMER I'VE EVER MET.f

AND I'VE MET A LOT OF PERFORMERSIN MY LIFETIME

>> Stephen: DID YOU GROW UP ASA FAN OF TONY BENNETT?

>> OF COURSE.

I'M A NEW YORK BABY.

TONY'S AN ITALIAN AMERICANNEW YORKER, SO I GREW UP LOVING

TONY SO MUCH.

MY FATHER USED TO PLAY TONY ALLTHE TIME.

WE WOULD MAKE, YOU KNOW, MEATBALLS AND SPAGHETTI IN THE

KITCHEN AND HE WOULD BE SINGINGTO US. AND GOSH,

I COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD SITTINGNEXT TO YOU TODAY ON THE NEWS.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: YES, ON THE NEWS,

THANK YOU. NOW THE ALBUM ISCALLED TONY BENNETT AND LADY

GAGA "CHEEK TO CHEEK."

AGAIN, I HAVE TO SAY, WITH YOURREPUTATION, LADY GAGA, I WASN'T

SURE IF THESE WERE THE TWOCHEEKS WE WERE GOING TO SEE

ON THE COVER. YOU COULD HAVESOLD MAYBE EVEN MORE

ALBUMS THAN THIS.

IT'S SONGS FROM THE GREATAMERICAN SONG BOOK.

WHAT MAKES SOMETHING A GREATAMERICAN SONG?

OTHER THAN, SAY, THE NATIONALANTHEM AND GOD BLESS AMERICA?

>> INTELLIGENT COMPOSERS

>> Stephen: INTELLIGENTCOMPOSERS

>> AND QUALITY MUSIC.

AND IT'S ACTUALLY AN ACTUALBOOK.

IT'S A BOOK OF SONGS THAT WERECOMPILED OVER ABOUT TWO TO THREE

DECADES, AND THEY WERESPECIFICALLY CHOSEN BECAUSE OF

THE IMPACT THAT THEY HAD ONMUSIC AND, YOU KNOW, WE ALWAYS

TALK ABOUT FRED ASTAIRE AND HOWHE WAS REALLY THE FIRST PERSON

TO SING ALL THE SONGS THAT WEREINTRODUCED TO THE GREAT AMERICAN

SONG BOOK.

TONY CALLS IT THE FRED ASTAIRESONG BOOK

>> RIGHT, IT'S TRUE.

ALL OF THE COMPOSERS WEREHANDPICKED BY THE MOST

INCREDIBLE PERFORMERS ON THEPLANET AND COMPILED INTO THIS

BOOK AND WE CHOSE ALL THE SONGSFROM IT THAT WE REALLY LOVED.

>> NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD HASEVER GIVEN THE REST OF THE WORLD

THE BEST POPULAR SONGS.

WE PLAY IN CHINA, RUSSIA,ISRAEL, WE PLAY EVERYWHERE IN

THE WORLD AND EVERYBODY IN THEWORLD KNOWS THESE AMERICAN

SONGS.

>> WE JUST SANG IN TEL AVIVTOGETHER.

27,000 PEOPLE SINGING A SONGTHAT'S AT LEAST 70 YEARS OLD.

IT WAS INCREDIBLE TO WITNESS ANDIT WAS INSPIRING.

I LOVE SINGING WITH HIM.

>> Stephen: WELL, WOULD YOUGUYS INSPIRE US RIGHT NOW WITH A

SONG?

>> DIDN'T WE JUST SING?

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: NO!

NO, LADY GAGA!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING

ABOUT, LADY GAGA.

YOU HAVEN'T SUNG YET. THIS ISTHE INTERVIEW

THAT'S HAPPENING BEFORE YOUSING.

(LAUGHTER)WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH A

PERFORMANCE BY TONY BENNETT ANDLADY GAGA!

COME ON!