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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 UK 1975 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Double Time album art Leon Redbone Mr. Jelly Roll Baker and 3 more… Leon Redbone - Double Time (Album) Warner Bros. Records Germany 1977 Sell This Version
PRO-S-750 Leon Redbone - Champagne Charlie album art Leon Redbone Leon Redbone - Champagne Charlie(10", Single, Promo) Warner Bros. Records PRO-S-750 US 1978 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Champagne Charlie album art Leon Redbone Leon Redbone - Champagne Charlie (Album) Warner Bros. Records Austria 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 Leon Redbone - (Mama's Got A Baby Named) Te Na Na (Single) Emerald City Records (4) Australia 1981 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - From Branch To Branch album art Leon Redbone Extra Blues and 3 more… Leon Redbone - From Branch To Branch (Album) Emerald City Records (4) Canada 1981 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Live album art Leon Redbone If We Never Meet Again This Side Of Heaven and 7 more… Leon Redbone - Live (Album) Green Stone Records US 1985 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Red To Blue album art Leon Redbone Aw You Salty Dog and 1 more… 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 She's My Gal (as L. Redbone) Leon Redbone - No Regrets (Album) Sugar Hill Records (2) US 1988 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Relax album art Leon Redbone Leon Redbone - Relax (Single) Private Music UK 1990 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Sugar album art Leon Redbone So, Relax (as L. Redbone) and 2 more… Leon Redbone - Sugar (Album) Private Music UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
SOPOK 1036 Leon Redbone - The Blues album art Various So, Relax (as L. Redbone) Various - The Blues(Cass, Comp) Sonet SOPOK 1036 Finland 1990 Sell This Version
113 780 Leon Redbone - Sugar album art Leon Redbone So Relax and 1 more… Leon Redbone - Sugar(7", Single, Promo) Private Music 113 780 France 1990 Sell This Version
74321 10171 7 Leon Redbone - Gotta Shake That Thing / The Whistling Colonel album art Leon Redbone Leon Redbone - Gotta Shake That Thing / The Whistling Colonel(7", Single, Promo) Private Music 74321 10171 7 France 1992 Sell This Version
115144 Leon Redbone - Play Gipsy Play album art Leon Redbone Play Gipsy Play Leon Redbone - Play Gipsy Play(7", Single, Promo) Private Music, RCA 115144 France 1992 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Up A Lazy River album art Leon Redbone Mr. Jelly Roll Baker and 4 more… 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 Truckin' 101 and 3 more… Leon Redbone - Whistling In The Wind (Album) Private Music Europe 1994 Sell This Version
INS14 Leon Redbone - Insound Tour Support Series No. 14 album art Kind Of Like Spitting Prairie Lullaby Kind Of Like Spitting - Insound Tour Support Series No. 14(CD, EP, Ltd) Insound INS14 US 2000 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Any Time album art Leon Redbone Leon Redbone - Any Time (Album) Blue Thumb Records US 2001 Sell This Version
INS001 Leon Redbone - Insound Tour Support Collection Vol. No. One album art Various Prairie Lullaby Various - Insound Tour Support Collection Vol. No. One(CD, Comp) Insound INS001 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTCR-14214 Leon Redbone - Strange Flowers Vol. 1 album art Various Te Na Na Various - Strange Flowers Vol. 1(CD, Comp) Daisyworld Discs, Cutting Edge CTCR-14214 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
AS 8813 Leon Redbone - Flying By album art Leon Redbone I'll See You In My Dreams (as L. Redbone) Leon Redbone - Flying By(CD, Album) August Records (2) AS 8813 US 2014 Sell This Version