Tony Bennett stopped by to promote his new album, 'Duets II,' and told the crew about serving as an infantryman in World War II: "From the Battle of the Bulge on." Tony said he caught a lot of flack for having a black best friend back then: "He was a fantastic drummer and we used to be in high school together."
Tony said that experience--and the horrors he'd witnessed while liberating Polish concentration camps--taught him empathy: "The first time I saw a dead German, that's when I became a pacifist...I've never killed anybody in my life and I never will."
Tony said he'd gotten his start singing, like Frank Sinatra and Irving Berlin, at the very bottom: "We were all saloon singers. We started, you know, working as waiters in a restaurant and taking requests from people and earning $15 a weekend."
Asked about his infamous hard-partying days in Vegas, Tony said the whole nation went into a top spin after the murders of Martin Luther King and the Kennedy's: "It happened to everybody, you know...our country fell apart. It had that effect on everybody. Especially in Las Vegas."