Bennett takes Lady Gaga, others back to basics

(CBS News) - Tony Bennett has been delighting audiences for more than 60 years, and he's still making great music.

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After his huge success with the Grammy-award-winning album "Duets II," he's just released a video version called "Tony Bennett Duets II: The Great Performances on DVD."

The 85-year-old Bennett paired up to sing with a host of young stars, from Lady Gaga to Josh Groban.

Bennett said he was looking for contrasts with fellow artists. "It's easy to do duets with ladies, because you can hear the difference in the voices, ranges and all," he said. "It's a lot of fun."

He added, "Looking back at the project, it's the first time that young people are singing intelligent ... classical songs, the great American song book. It's the first time they just (weren't) following the fashion and get-louder-than-the-next-person and all that. It got back to just singing good songs, and I can't believe what a good job they all did."

And Bennett is still going strong. He says he loves what he does, and his passion for singing has endured.

"I'm never going to retire," he said. "I really am interested in learning all the time. ... I love entertaining an audience and making them feel good."

Did you know Bennett is also a painter? His work -- under his family name, Anthony Benedetto, is currently in three major museums. For more on that and his singing career, watch the video in the player above.

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