Leon Redbone, the quixotic, nasally singer known for idiosyncratically performing ragtime and Tin Pan Alley–style songs, has announced his retirement from both recording and making public performances. A rep explained that the singer’s health “has been a matter of concern for some time” and that “it has become too challenging for him to continue the full range of professional activities.” Jack White Reissuing Classic Sun Singles Jack White’s Third Man Records will issue A Long Way Home , a double-album collection of Redbone’s live and studio solo recordings, “in the near future.” The selections included on the release will date back to 1972, three years before his debut album. With his wide-brim hats and big sunglasses, Redbone was a man of mystery from the start. He rose to fame in the mid-Seventies after Bob Dylan spotted him at a folk festival and told Rolling Stone how curious Redbone was.
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Brett Eldredge straps into a straitjacket in the video for his latest single, “Lose My Mind,” but in the above karaoke challenge from America’s Morning Show host Blair Garner, he sounds more suited to a fancy dinner jacket. Crooning along to a pre-recorded track, the blue-eyed Eldredge channels Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, while performing the legendary entertainer’s 1966 classic, “Summer Wind.” See Behind-the-Scenes Photos of Brett Eldredge on Tour “We’ve never done a karaoke performance on America’s Morning Show before,” Garner said. “He is going to set the bar pretty high.” Eldredge noted that he didn’t get to drink before his performance, adding that he was “pretty sure” Sinatra, who died in 1998, was buried with a flask of Jack Daniel’s whiskey. (He’s right. The singer also took a roll of cherry Life Savers, Tootsie Rolls, dog biscuits, stuffed toys, Camel cigarettes and a Zippo lighter to his grave, according to daughter Tina Sinatra’s memoir.) Post-performance, when Eldredge was asked if he’d ever do an album of such pop standards, he replied, “Yeah, I want to someday.