Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett turned out to support Amy Winehouse's father in New York on Tuesday at a special event for the foundation set up in the singer's memory.

Bennett was a huge fan of the tragic star and teamed up with her for a Grammy-winning duet of Body and Soul before Winehouse's death from alcohol poisoning in 2011.

Winehouse's father Mitch set up The Amy Winehouse Foundation in her honour in a bid to help other youngsters struggling with addictions, and he put on a special bash to promote the organisation in the Big Apple.

Bennett was the guest of honour at the event at the Electric Room, and told reporters how much he respected the Back to Black hitmaker's talent.

He told the New York Daily News, "I have great respect for Amy Winehouse. She's better than any of these singers now. It's not my opinion. It's a fact. "I've listened to everything from The Beatles to the Rolling Stones, and I was waiting to hear a singer who sang very, very well, and I was always disappointed by what I was hearing, and Amy was the first one who actually had an absolutely great voice. As good as Ella Fitzgerald".

The I Left My Heart in San Francisco singer will take to the stage alongside Wyclef Jean and Jennifer Hudson for a gala event in the Big Apple on 21 March to raise money for the foundation.