CBS’s “Blue Bloods” Guest Star and Legendary Artist Tony Bennett has passed away!
Tony Bennett guest starred as himself in the first episode of Season 2, Mercy. In the episode he performed with Carrie Underwood (as herself), singing a duet for a fundraiser that Frank and Erin attended.
Bennett and Underwood perform a duet of “It Had To Be You,” a timeless song that was first recorded by the Isham Jones Orchestra in 1924 (via DAHR). In the many decades since the first recording of the song, it has been performed by acts as varied as the legendary Frank Sinatra (via YouTube) to Bakersfield country musicians like Henry Sharpe and the Sharpshooters (via YouTube). The song’s popularity has endured well into the public domain era of its life, which it entered into in 2020 (via Lifehacker). During Bennett and Underwood’s performance, Frank contemplates the decisions that he will need to make later in the episode. After the song is over, Underwood notes that she and Bennett recorded the song for Tony’s 85th birthday album, while her singing partner gives Frank a shoutout on stage calling him “my old friend.” Per Looper
Rest In Peace to Tony Bennett.
BLUE BLOODS is a drama about a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement. Frank Reagan is the New York Police Commissioner, and heads both the police force and the Reagan brood. He runs his department as diplomatically as he runs his family, even when dealing with the politics that plagued his unapologetically bold father, Henry, during his stint as chief. A source of pride and concern for Frank is his eldest son, Danny, a seasoned detective, family man and Iraq War vet who on occasion uses dubious tactics to solve cases with his partner and new mother, Detective Maria Baez. Erin, the middle daughter, is a New York assistant D.A. who serves as the legal compass for her siblings and father, while also pursuing a run for district attorney. Jamie is the youngest Reagan, a Harvard Law graduate and the family’s golden boy. Unable to deny the family tradition, Jamie decided to give up a lucrative future in law and follow in the family footsteps as a cop. He’s found a friend and ally in his wife, Eddie, who keeps him on his toes, and has very different reasons than the Reagans for joining the police force.
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