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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

Albums

none Leon Redbone - Philadelphia Folk Festival 74 album art Various Ain't Misbehavin' Various - Philadelphia Folk Festival 74(LP, Album, Promo) Not On Label none US 1975 Sell This Version
V 2619, 210 630 Leon Redbone - Everybody Wins (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Mark Isham Seduced and 2 more… Mark Isham - Everybody Wins (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP) Virgin, Virgin V 2619, 210 630 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
D 90-49 Leon Redbone - Week Of December 9, 1990 album art Dr. Demento Frosty The Snowman Dr. Demento - Week Of December 9, 1990(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One D 90-49 US 1990 Sell This Version
72092-10347-2 Leon Redbone - Trial And Error album art Various Bouquet Of Roses Various - Trial And Error(CD, Album) High Street Records 72092-10347-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
UJAZZ3 Leon Redbone - Universal Jazz @ London Jazz Festival album art Various Any Time Various - Universal Jazz @ London Jazz Festival(CD, MiniAlbum, Promo) Universal UJAZZ3 UK 2001 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Elf - Music From The Major Motion Picture album art Various Christmas Island and 2 more… Various - Elf - Music From The Major Motion Picture (Comp, Album) New Line Records UK 2003 Sell This Version
none Leon Redbone - Beatles Undercover Volume Eight album art Various My Little Grass Shack Various - Beatles Undercover Volume Eight(2xCD, Unofficial) Merilee Records none 2006 Sell This Version
Rounder 11661-3270-2 Leon Redbone - Home For Christmas album art Various Blue Christmas Various - Home For Christmas(CD, Album) Rounder Records Rounder 11661-3270-2 US 2007 Sell This Version
8985-2 Leon Redbone - Boardwalk Empire: Volume 2: Music From The HBO Original Series album art Various Baby Won't You Please Come Home Various - Boardwalk Empire: Volume 2: Music From The HBO Original Series(CD) ABKCO, HBO 8985-2 US 2013 Sell This Version
LXTCD2011 Leon Redbone - Newport Folk Festival 1989 album art Various Think Of Me Thinking Of You and 1 more… Various - Newport Folk Festival 1989(3xCD, Album) Lexington LXTCD2011 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Compilations

PRO 610 Leon Redbone - The Works album art Various Desert Blues (Big Chief Buffalo Nickel) Various - The Works(2xLP, Comp, Promo) Warner Bros. Records PRO 610 US 1975 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - The People's Record album art Various Polly Wolly Doodle Various - The People's Record (Comp) Warner Bros. Records US 1976 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - The Blues album art Various So, Relax Various - The Blues (Comp) Sonet Finland 1990 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - Rock Christmas Vol. 2 album art Various Frosty The Snowman Various - Rock Christmas Vol. 2 (Comp) Polystar (3), RTL Europe 1992 Sell This Version
PJC-82100-2 Various Lazy River Various - Private Music Sampler(CD, Comp, Promo, Smplr) Private Music PJC-82100-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
263 149 Leon Redbone - It's Blues Vol. III album art Various Laughin' Blues Various - It's Blues Vol. III(CD, Comp) Virgin 263 149 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
Various Relax Various - Midnight Moods - The Lighter Side Of Jazz (Comp) Polygram, Polystar Australia 1993 Sell This Version
74321132674 Leon Redbone - Crooners (Male Golden Voices) album art Various Sugar Various - Crooners (Male Golden Voices)(Cass, Comp) RCA 74321132674 Indonesia 1993 Sell This Version
B39 BE Leon Redbone - Happy Holidays From ASCAP album art Various Frosty The Snowman Various - Happy Holidays From ASCAP(CD, Comp, Dec) Allied Record Company B39 BE US 1993 Sell This Version
9548-33122-2 Leon Redbone - Top De La Pub album art Various My Blue Heaven Various - Top De La Pub(CD, Comp) Carrere Music 9548-33122-2 France 1994 Sell This Version
7432 1 21446 2 Leon Redbone - Jazz Cafe - The Singers album art Various So Relax Various - Jazz Cafe - The Singers(CD, Comp, RM) Bluebird (3), BMG, RCA 7432 1 21446 2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
RADCD11 Leon Redbone - Themes & Dreams album art Various So, Relax Various - Themes & Dreams(CD, Comp) Global Television RADCD11 UK 1995 Sell This Version
Leon Redbone - The Best Jazz...Ever! album art Various Relax Various - The Best Jazz...Ever! (Comp) Circa Records Ltd. UK 1996 Sell This Version
MUSCD30 Leon Redbone - Essential Jazz: 15 Classic Jazz Tracks album art Various So Relax (From The and 2 more… Various - Essential Jazz: 15 Classic Jazz Tracks(CD, Comp) Music Collection International (MCI) MUSCD30 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
9548 35921-2, 9548 35921 2 Leon Redbone - Les voix En Or 4 album art Various My Blue Heaven Various - Les voix En Or 4(2xCD, Comp) EastWest, EastWest 9548 35921-2, 9548 35921 2 France 1997 Sell This Version