Al Jarreau Hospitalized, Forced to Retire From Touring

by VVN Music

Two great voices. Two retirements in one day.

Earlier today, we reported that Aretha Franklin had announced her retirement by the end of 2017 and, now, Al Jarreau has said he has to stop touring.

Jarreau, who has always kept a very busy schedule, was recently hospitalized for exhaustion. According to an announcement made on his site, doctors told him he could not perform again this year and, as a result, has decided to retire from the road.

Al Jarreau is in the hospital in Los Angeles, due to exhaustion. He is receiving excellent medical care, responding to treatments, and improving slowly. The medical team has instructed that he cannot perform any of his remaining 2017 concert dates. Therefore, with complete sorrow, Al Jarreau must retire from touring. He is thankful for his 50 years of traveling the world in ministry through music, and for everyone who shared this with him - his faithful audience, the dedicated musicians, and so many others who supported his effort. Ticket holders should contact their venue or point-of-purchase regarding refunds.

Jarreau started his career in the mid-60's performing in a jazz trio with George Duke while, at the same time, working as a rehabilitation counselor. In 1968, he went full time and signed with Warner Brothers in 1975. Over the years, he has recorded sixteen studio albums for Reprise, Warner, Verve and Concord and scored hits with We're In This Love Together (1981 / #15 Pop / #6 R&B), Mornin' (1983 / #21 Pop / #6 R&B) and Moonlighting (Theme) (1987 / #23 Pop / #1 AC / #32 R&B).

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