By Chuck Arnold Monica Rizzo Ivory Jeff Clinton Courtney Rubin
December 01, 2008 12:00 PM

The crooner, 65, takes on yet another decade on his new CD, The Greatest Songs of the Eighties.

ON REVISITING THE ’80S I like what we did to “Islands in the Stream” [with Reba McEntire]. “Careless Whisper” was hard—George Michael is just fantastic. I tried Michael Jackson’s “Rock with You,” but I couldn’t sing it. White Jewish boy couldn’t nail it.

ON HIS VEGAS SHOW It’s been almost four years. I love it. When I was a youngster, I said, one of these days I’ll end up here.

ON THE SONGS HE HAS TO SING They would riot if I didn’t do “Copacabana.” And probably “I Write the Songs,” “Mandy” and “Can’t Smile Without You.”

ON HIS LONGEVITY I’m lucky. I’ve got my hair, I’m still skinny. It’s amazing that I’m 65 and still making albums.

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