Michael Musto, (Datalounge haters acknowledged; let''s get that out of the way), has written a few BIs about an older singer of standards that is gay.%0D\
Tony Bennett has been the first to spring to mind.
Wasn''t he rumored to have spread a little herpes around?
I thought it was so toughing when he said he broke down into sobs when Amy Winehouse died and he so wished he could have sat her down and had a long talk with her - but he didn''t. He also said he had to be revived by his wife after a cocaine overdose in the 1970''s so he thought he understood where Amy was coming from.
Shit I meant "touching" - why can''t I type anymore? Or at least learn to proofread before hitting submit.\
He blamed drug use on the Kennedy/MLK assassinations (?) but I wonder if being in the closet was the more likely cause, poor guy. Sweet guy, anyway. I''ve ordered the duet cd that has Amy''s last song (a duet with him). At least, the last song she recorded in a studio.
My dad told me he saw Tony Bennett performing at a Boston gay bar in the 1950s. This revelation was part of his "bond with the gay son by sharing all the men I cheated on Mom with" initiative, which always made my brain shut down so I never pressed him for details. Not that performing at a gay bar makes him gay, but it''s interesting nonetheless.
I don''t know--he never sucked my cock.
That might explain that nasty voice...too much deep throat.
Yeah...Tony. That''s it. That''s right.
He has a son who manages his career.
Hmm, friends with KD Lang, Lady Gaga...
I think Tony Bennett is straight. He has a terrific voice! and great music too. R4, I wonder if the blind item was about Jack Jones? He always seemed to be a little fruity to me. Jack Jones used to be extremely good looking when he was younger. His music is really great. I have read in a couple of gossip columns that Tom Jones is a switch hitter. Maybe Musto''s blind item was about him? that is another possibility.
I would like to see this blind item. Does anyone have it?
Aficionado of older singers of standards
Not gay. I used to see him at the US Open all of the time with his young chippy. He later married her.
There was a time when it was practically impossible to be "gay." Some bucked it as far as they could, but sheesh, even Rock Hudson got married to some woman. It could be Tony or any or all of the above mentioned men. I wish they didn''t have to go through what they did in the old days.\
I think even in the 1960''s it was "illegal" to be gay in England - or at least to be caught committing "sodomy" or whatever. 1960''s ENGLAND! Imagine much much more conservative America.\
There were millions of little old ladies to whom it NEVER occurred to them that Liberace might be gay. God, what a ridiculous era. ANd I think he had his own show still in the 1960s.
Tony Bennett presently has a vastly younger wife. They have been together for a long time, both unmarried and married.
Boring singer with zero personality.
Tony grew up in Astoria, Queens and has lived in Manhattan for decades. His son owns a recording studio in Englewood, so Tony is now in the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Go figure!!
Gay. Knew one of his lovers in the late 60''s - early 70''s. His relationships were typical of a man of his prominence in that era. No surprises here.
Lay off Tony. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he has remained a liberal Democrat.
That's enough reason for me to love him - Gregory Peck remained a liberal Democrat throughout his life as well. Any other black-list era heroes?
Newsflash for r17:
"Sodomy" is still illegal in some US states.
I have a recording of Tony Bennett singing "The Man that Got Away" with no pronoun changes. He sounds VERY gay there.
Leave it to DL to come up with these revelations decades down the line.
Tony never pinged to me.
You all seem to forget, he's a musician and an artist, it's not a shock that a creative person might have experimented in their early years. He certainly did that drugs, so why not try being with a man?
I attended art schools, there were lots of men and women who experimented in same sex relationships while students, most of them are not gay today.
I guess many of you are too young to recall the slogan: "If It Feels Good, Do It"?
He certainly DID all those drugs!
So many gay Older Singers of Standards:
Barry Manilow, writing the songs that make the whoke world sing
R19, you can say many things about Tony Bennett,but you CANNOT say he's a "boring singer."
R25, I know that but Americans are idiots. It being illegal in England in the 60's is a shock. Sodomy being illegal here in Bachman-land FOREVER is not a shock.
That's true, R30. I can't remember where I heard it but I know it was somewhere - gay men tend to like Broadway musicals!
Oh an dancing - I've heard rumors about Astaire and Gene Kelly, but you just didn't let that get out, back in the day.
Well not just 'back in the day.' One of the Dancing with the Stars pros (Mark Ballas) said they only had one gay male pro dancer. Yeah right.
Tony Bennett has had three long term wives. See below.
On February 12, 1952, Bennett married Ohio art student and jazz fan Patricia Beech, whom he had met the previous year after a nightclub performance in Cleveland.
Bennett and Beech would have two sons, D'Andrea (Danny, born around 1954) and Daegal (Dae, born around 1955).
Bennett and his wife Patricia had been separated since 1965, their marriage a victim of Bennett's spending too much time on the road, among other factors.
In 1971, their divorce became official. Bennett had been involved with aspiring actress Sandra Grant since filming The Oscar, and on December 29, 1971 they married.
They had two daughters, Joanna (born around 1969) and Antonia (born 1974), and moved to Los Angeles.
On June 21, 2007, Bennett married long-time girlfriend Susan Crow in a private civil ceremony in New York that was witnessed by former Governor Mario Cuomo.
And Dom Deluise had some kids too. Some gay men managed to procreate - I guess some are better switch hitters than others.
Bobby Short was gay? Could be. How do you know for certain?
Bobby Short's companion in later life was Anderson Cooper's mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.
Wayne Newton is gay? He's had two or three wives, some long term.
Longtime Tony Bennett fan here. My personal opinion is that he is straight. There is a song on his 1962 "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" album called "The Right To Love"...it probably was written about interracial relationships back in the day, but it certainly could be about gay relationships as well.
Gay or not he's certainly gay positive. For someone of his generation, with his target demo, to perform compulsively with KD Lang says something. I like that about him.
I worked for Tony for three years. Sorry, he is straight. But very gay friendly. Susan is a doll and they are adorable together.
I saw him perform in Boston in 2005. He was great. I love his smile, it lights up the room.
I met him many years ago, and he indeed had a young girlfriend - maybe she's the one he married -- and I did not perceive him as gay. When I was a kid, everywhere we went, people asked my father for an autograph because they thought he was Tony Bennett. They should have asked him to sing - he couldn't sing a note.
He's one of the few singers that I think is actually an artist -- and I don't mean his paintings. He contiues to oush himself and try new arrangements of songs. I saw him at theState Theatre in Cleveland a few years back. He was in his early to mid 80s and his encore was an acapella "Fly Me To The Moon." He spoke briefl about the acoustics of old auditoriums like the Sate and then, in front of an absolutely still 3,200 people, he sang. I will never forget it.
He's fucking brilliant.
Didn't have have a great-great granddaughter named Jon?