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Picks and Pans Review: Tony Bennett & John Mayer

updated 04/18/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/18/2011 01:00AM

DOUBLE TALK

HOW DID YOU TWO FIRST MEET?

MAYER: My dad is a big fan of Tony's, so when he turned 80, I abused all my privileges and [arranged for] Tony to sing "Fly Me to the Moon" without a mic at a party I set up. My dad still brags about it. I'm in your debt, Tony!

BENNETT: Well, with him on my album, I'll sell an extra million. [Both laugh.] I've always admired him. He has "it."

JOHN, WHAT HAS TONY'S CAREER TAUGHT YOU?

MAYER: Tony's never gone out of style. I can't keep up with whatever the new thing is; I can't compete with Lady Gaga. [So] whether it's cool or not, make it good.

BENNETT: I didn't follow trends, I just sang good songs.

WHY DID YOU PICK "ONE FOR MY BABY"?

BENNETT: It was cowritten by Johnny Mercer and first introduced by Fred Astaire. You can't go wrong with that.

MAYER: We almost did "I'll Be Around," but can two people sing "I'll be around"? [Sings] "We'll be around..."

TONY, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT TURNING 85 IN SEPTEMBER?

BENNETT: I'm just starting out! I have a long way to go.

MAYER: When I turn 85-whatever age I'm at-I want to arrive there on time. Some people don't reach 30 till they're 60. Mr. Bennett is right on time.

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