Sad to report that Leon Redbone has passed on at the age of 69, although the official press release gave his age as 127 years old. Leon did kind of seem to live in a different time.

Redbone was famous for his Tin Pan Alley/old school vaudeville style. He captured the feel of music from the 20's and 30's and made him the unlikeliest of musical stars. \

Leon Redbone made several appearances on Saturday Night Live as well as many appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.


Redbone officially retired in 2015, citing health issues that had "been a matter of concern for some time".Confirmation of his death on his web site, contained so much Leon redbone deadpan humor, one can only speculate that Redbone wrote it himself.

.“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.'”

Rest in peace Leon, you'll be missed.

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