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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 - Shine On Harvest Moon album art Leon Redbone Shine On Harvest Moon (Single) Warner Bros. Records US 1977 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Champagne Charlie album art Leon Redbone Champagne Charlie (Single) Warner Bros. Records US 1978 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - (Mama's Got A Baby Named) Te Na Na album art Leon Redbone (Mama's Got A Baby Named) Te Na Na (Single) Emerald City Records (4) US 1981 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Your Cheatin' Heart / My Blue Heaven album art Leon Redbone Your Cheatin' Heart / My Blue Heaven Emerald City Records (4) US 1981 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Relax album art Leon Redbone Relax (Single, Maxi) Private Music UK 1990 Sell This Version
113 780 Leon Redbone - Sugar album art Leon Redbone Sugar(7", Single, Promo) Private Music 113 780 France 1990 Sell This Version
113 884 Leon Redbone - Frosty The Snowman album art Leon Redbone Frosty The Snowman(7", Single) Private Music 113 884 UK 1990 Sell This Version
114735 Leon Redbone - Right Or Wrong album art Leon Redbone Right Or Wrong(7", Single, Promo) Private Music 114735 France 1991 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Gotta Shake That Thing album art Leon Redbone Gotta Shake That Thing (Maxi, Single) BMG France France 1992 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Play Gipsy Play album art Leon Redbone Play Gipsy Play (Single) Private Music, RCA US 1992 Sell This Version
74321222852 Leon Redbone - Love Letters In The Sand album art Leon Redbone Love Letters In The Sand(CD, Single, Promo, Car) Private Music 74321222852 France 1994 Sell This Version
4F 333 Leon Redbone - Baby It's Cold Outside (Music From The Major Motion Picture 'Elf') album art Zooey Deschanel, Leon Redbone Zooey Deschanel, Leon Redbone - Baby It's Cold Outside (Music From The Major Motion Picture 'Elf')(CD, Single, Promo) New Line Records 4F 333 US 2003 Sell This Version