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Thu May 30, 2019, 10:27 PM

Singer Leon Redbone Dies at 69

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Singer-songwriter Leon Redbone, who specialized in old-school vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley-style music, died Thursday, his family confirmed. He was 69. Though, in characteristically whimsical fashion, the official statement announcing his death gave his age as 127.

Although Redbone’s pop-defying predilection for seemingly antiquated musical styles of the ’20s and ’30s made him the unlikeliest of stars, he became one anyway, appearing several times as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” — including two spots in the inaugural 1975-76 season alone — and landing frequent appearances with Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” into the 1980s. Later popular successes had him singing the themes for TV’s “Mr. Beledevere” and “Harry and the Hendersons,” along with contributing a duet of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with Zooey Deschanel to the soundtrack of “Elf,” for which he also voiced the animated character of Leon the Snowman.

A post on Redbone’s website confirming his death contained enough deadpan humor and obvious fiction that it was almost certainly prepared in advance by the singer himself. “It is with heavy hearts we announce that early this morning, May 30th, 2019, Leon Redbone crossed the delta for that beautiful shore at the age of 127,” it read. “He departed our world with his guitar, his trusty companion Rover, and a simple tip of his hat. He’s interested to see what Blind Blake, Emmett, and Jelly Roll have been up to in his absence, and has plans for a rousing sing along number with Sári Barabás. An eternity of pouring through texts in the Library of Ashurbanipal will be a welcome repose, perhaps followed by a shot or two of whiskey with Lee Morse, and some long overdue discussions with his favorite Uncle, Suppiluliuma I of the Hittites. To his fans, friends, and loving family who have already been missing him so in this realm he says, ‘Oh behave yourselves. Thank you…. and good evening everybody.'”

Ironically, one of Redbone’s most popular concert pieces was “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone” — a number that incorporated whistling solos that further ensured Redbone would be talked about in his absence. That song title, which dates back to 1930, was adapted as the name of a documentary about Redbone that premiered at festivals in 2018 but has not yet been widely released.

https://variety.com/2019/music/news/singer-leon-redbone-dies-at-69-1203229012/



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left-of-center2012 May 2019 OP
pengillian101 May 2019 #1
Glorfindel May 2019 #2
Docreed2003 May 2019 #3
catchnrelease May 2019 #4
murielm99 May 2019 #5
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Thu May 30, 2019, 10:46 PM

1. Unique!

One of my favorites!

RIP Leon, you were one of a kind.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 10:49 PM

2. Well, hell. I'm sorry to hear it. He was a true original.

R.I.P., Mr. Redbone. The world is a poorer place without you.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu May 30, 2019, 11:52 PM

3. An enigmatic legend...

His music brought a lot of joy to our house...he will be missed

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 12:47 AM

4. So sad to hear this

I read about it earlier today and really sad to hear it. He was truly one of a kind and I loved his style and music. Rest easy, Leon.

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Fri May 31, 2019, 02:42 AM

5. He is well liked at our house.

For some reason, I thought he was older than 69.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #5)

Fri May 31, 2019, 09:26 AM

6. He was 69.

"Though, in characteristically whimsical fashion,
the official statement announcing his death gave his age as 127."

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