Bennett's Birthday Bouquet for Duke Ellington
Singer Tony Bennett -- who moonlights as a painter -- celebrated the 110th birthday of close friend Duke Ellington today by donating a watercolor of the Washington-born composer to the National Portrait Gallery, reports our colleague Jackie Trescott.
There's a sentimental reason why Bennett put a dozen roses in the background of the 1993 work instead of, say, a grand piano: "Every time he wrote a song he thought I would like to record he sent a dozen pink roses," explained Bennett.
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