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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 Tracks

Leon Redbone - On The Track album art Leon Redbone Leon Redbone - On The Track (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 1975 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Double Time album art Leon Redbone Leon Redbone - Double Time (Album) Warner Bros. Records Canada 1977 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Champagne Charlie album art Leon Redbone Champagne Charlie and 1 more… Leon Redbone - Champagne Charlie (Single) Warner Bros. Records US 1978 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Champagne Charlie album art Leon Redbone Champagne Charlie and 9 more… Leon Redbone - Champagne Charlie (Album) Warner Bros. Records Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Red To Blue album art Leon Redbone Leon Redbone - Red To Blue (Album) August Records (2) US 1985 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Christmas Island album art Leon Redbone Leon Redbone - Christmas Island (Album) August Records (2) US 1988 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - No Regrets album art Leon Redbone Leon Redbone - No Regrets (Album) Sugar Hill Records (2) US 1988 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Sugar album art Leon Redbone Leon Redbone - Sugar (Album) Private Music Germany 1990 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Up A Lazy River album art Leon Redbone When Dixie Stars Are Playing Peek-A-Boo Leon Redbone - Up A Lazy River (Album) Private Music UK & Europe 1992 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Whistling In The Wind album art Leon Redbone When I Kissed That Girl Good-Bye and 1 more… Leon Redbone - Whistling In The Wind (Album) Private Music US 1994 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Any Time album art Leon Redbone If You Knew and 4 more… Leon Redbone - Any Time (Album) Blue Thumb Records US 2001 Sell This Version
CD LEM 34 Leon Redbone - Live & Kickin' album art Leon Redbone Leon Redbone - Live & Kickin'(CD, Album) Lemon Recordings, Cherry Red CD LEM 34 UK 2004 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Live - October 26, 1992 The Olympia Theater Paris, France album art Leon Redbone Leon Redbone - Live - October 26, 1992 The Olympia Theater Paris, France (Album) Rounder Records US 2005 Sell This Version
none Leon Redbone - The Odds And Ends Collection Vol.2 & 3 album art Ringo Starr My Little Grass Shack Ringo Starr - The Odds And Ends Collection Vol.2 & 3(2xCDr, Unofficial) FAB! none US 2008 Sell This Version
AS 8813 Leon Redbone - Flying By album art Leon Redbone Leon Redbone - Flying By(CD, Album) August Records (2) AS 8813 US 2014 Sell This Version