If you had "Serenaded by Russell Salvatore" on your quarantine bingo card, you can dab that one out.
Tuesday, Salvatore joined the likes of John Legend and Garth Brooks crooning to fans on Facebook from home. Since then, he has been posting a new song every day, with promises of more.
"I'm gonna try to bring you an inspirational song every day to put a smile on your face," Salvatore, owner of Russell's Steaks, Chops & More and Salvatore's Grand Hotel in Clarence, said in one video.
So far, those songs have included "Love Me With All of Your Heart" by Engelbert Humperdinck, "Easter Parade" by Bing Crosby and "And I Love You So" by Perry Como. They're accompanied by words of encouragement.
"Folks, I hope you enjoy it," Salvatore said. "Let's stay six feet away. We're gonna get through this all together."
The restaurateur, 87, has a charmingly off-key voice with a surprising Louis Armstrong quality.
Please stay strong 💪🙏 this Will pass
Posted by Russell J. Salvatore on Thursday, March 26, 2020
"Sometimes I don't remember the words that well, but I love you so," Salvatore said, after flubbing a lyric. "I hope your days are getting better. We're getting closer to the end. God bless you."
It all started when President Trump expressed hope that the crisis would be over by Easter. It reminded Salvatore of the time, 80 years ago, when he was on "Uncle Bill's Amateur Hour" radio show. His brother played banjo while Salvatore played guitar and sang. The song they sang was "Easter Parade."
"If this happens on Easter Sunday that we'll be open, I'll do a special on television and sing this to all the people I love out there," Salvatore said after a few bars. "I love you, I love you. I know I sound like an idiot, but I am so bored sitting at my property."
It's not clear if he's taking requests.