Leon Redbone

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Tags: jazz blues ragtime retro old school Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 August 1949. Believed to have been born in Canada, this enigmatic, gravelly voiced singer (‘I am a performer, but only in the metaphysical sense’) resolutely declines to divulge his origins. He was first heard of in Toronto during the early 70s, and achieved some popularity on the US television show Saturday Night Live. Even then he maintained an air of strict privacy, so much so that the contact number he gave to the legendary producer John Hammond Jnr. turned out to be a ‘Dial-A-Joke’ line. With his trademark fedora, dark glasses, and Groucho Marx moustache, Redbone celebrates a pre-World War II era of ragtime, jazz, blues, and minstrel shows, resurrecting the work of his heroes, who include Jelly Roll Morton, Lonnie Johnson, Joe Venuti, the young Bing Crosby, and vaudeville performer Emmett Miller. Jazz violinist Venuti was featured on Redbone’s On The Track in 1976, along with Don McLean, who played the banjo. The album is said to...

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