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Torn between possible careers in art and music, veteran crooner Tony Bennett took some good advice from band leader Duke Ellington, who told him to do both.

“I would paint, and as soon as I felt tired, I would study my music,” Bennett says.

“It was still the creative process, but in a different medium. By doing the two, I never felt the urge to ‘get away from it all.’”

Bottom line: The strategy still works for Bennett. At age 81, he’s a successful painter under his birth name, Anthony Benedetto, and he’s still on the pop charts after 60 years.

 —Adapted from “The Best of Both Worlds,” Holly Miller, The Saturday Evening Post.

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