Leon Redbone

Leon Redbone

Real Name:
Dickran Gobalian
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Canadian singer and guitarist, born 26 August 1949, Cyprus.
While his gravelly baritone and omnipresent fedora, dark glasses, and Groucho Marx mustache made him one of the more distinct and recognizable characters in popular music, little is known about the neo-vaudeville crooner Leon Redbone. Throughout his career, he steadfastly refused to divulge any information about his background or personal life; according to legend, Redbone's desire to protect his privacy was so intense that when he was approached by the famed producer John Hammond, the contact number he gave was not his own phone, but that of a dial-a-joke service.

Because Redbone first emerged as a performer in Toronto during the 1970s, he was believed to be Canadian; his work, a revival of pre-World War II ragtime, jazz, and blues sounds, recalled the work of performers ranging from Jelly Roll Morton and Bing Crosby to blackface star Emmett Miller. He made his recording debut in 1976 with On the Track, which featured legendary jazz violinist Joe Venuti as well as singer/songwriter Don McLean; his 1977 follow-up Double Time even reached the U.S. Top 40 charts, largely on the strength of his frequent appearances on television's Saturday Night Live.

After 1978's Champagne Charlie, Redbone began recording only sporadically; following 1981's Branch to Branch, he waited four years before reentering the studio to cut Red to Blue. Invariably, his albums featured guest appearances from an eclectic cast of luminaries: while 1987's Christmas Island included a cameo by Dr. John, 1994's Whistling in the Wind included duets with Ringo Starr and Merle Haggard and 2001's Any Time featured contributions from such jazz luminaries as guitarist Frank Vignola, reedman Ken Peplowski, and bassist Jay Leonhart. Despite his low profile, Redbone has also earned a certain measure of fame as a fixture in various television advertising campaigns.
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Leon Redbone Discography

Albums

Leon Redbone On The Track (Album) Warner Bros. Records Canada 1975 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone Double Time (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 1977 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone Champagne Charlie (Album) Warner Bros. Records Austria 1978 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone From Branch To Branch (Album) Emerald City Records (4) Germany 1981 Sell This Version
SN 7158 Leon Redbone Mystery Man(LP) Accord (2) SN 7158 USA & Canada 1982 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone Live (Album) Green Stone Records US 1985 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone Red To Blue (Album) August Records (2) US 1985 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone Christmas Island (Album) August Records (2) US 1988 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone No Regrets (Album) Sugar Hill Records (2) US 1988 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone Sugar (Album) Private Music Germany 1990 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone Up A Lazy River (Album) Private Music US 1992 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone Whistling In The Wind (Album) Private Music US 1994 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone Any Time (Album) Blue Thumb Records US 2001 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone Live - October 26, 1992 The Olympia Theater Paris, France (Album) Rounder Records US 2005 Sell This Version
AS 8813 Leon Redbone Flying By(CD, Album) August Records (2) AS 8813 US 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Leon Redbone Shine On Harvest Moon (Single) Warner Bros. Records US 1977 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone Champagne Charlie (Single) Warner Bros. Records US 1978 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone (Mama's Got A Baby Named) Te Na Na (Single) Emerald City Records (4) US 1981 Sell This Version
EC 7330 Leon Redbone Your Cheatin' Heart / My Blue Heaven(7", Promo) Emerald City Records (4) EC 7330 US 1981 Sell This Version
113 884 Leon Redbone Frosty The Snowman(7", Single) Private Music 113 884 UK 1989 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone Relax (Single, Maxi) Private Music UK 1990 Sell This Version
115 283 Leon Redbone Play Gypsy Play(7", Promo) Private Music 115 283 US 1992 Sell This Version
115144 Leon Redbone Play Gipsy Play(7", Single) BMG France 115144 France 1992 Sell This Version
74321101712 Leon Redbone Gotta Shake That Thing(CD, Maxi) BMG France 74321101712 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
74321222852 Leon Redbone Love Letters In The Sand(CD, Single, Promo, Car) Private Music 74321222852 France 1994 Sell This Version