Singer Becomes Oldest Living Person to Reach No. 1 on Album Chart

Sep 29, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A singer who has been at it for a while — to say the least — has another historic achievement to his credit, reports Entertainment Weekly.

The new album by 85-year-old singing icon Tony Bennett debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 1 this week, making Bennett the oldest living person to reach No. 1 on the chart.

Bennett surpassed Bob Dylan, who had a No. 1 CD in 2009 at age 67.

The Bennett album, “Duets II,” is his first-ever No. 1 album, according to the story.

The album’s sales were helped by a big marketing campaign, including Bennett’s appearance with Carrie Underwood on the season premiere of CBS’s "Blue Bloods." "Duets II" sold 179,000 units in its first week.

Bennett, who has won 14 Grammy Awards, paired with a who’s who of musical stars on "Duets II," including the late Amy Winehouse, as well as Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga and John Mayer.

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