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Leon Redbone

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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. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
Leon Redbone

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    12 songs

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    Christmas Island [Bonus Track]

    14 songs

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    No Regrets

    12 songs

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    Up a Lazy River

    13 songs

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    Any Time

    12 songs

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    Red to Blue

    12 songs

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    Whistling in the Wind

    13 songs

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    Sugar

    11 songs

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    Branch to Branch

    11 songs

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    Double Time

    10 songs

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    Champagne Charlie

    11 songs

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    On the Track

    5 songs

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    Rhino Hi-Five: Leon Redbone

    11 songs

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    Christmas Island

    10 songs

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    Christmas Island

    12 songs

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    Christmas Island

    11 songs

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    From Branch to Branch

    21 songs

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    Live - December 26, 1992: The Olympia Theater, Paris France

    16 songs

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    Live & Kickin'

    17 songs

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    Live & Kickin' [Master Classics]

    12 songs

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    Live!

    16 songs

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    Leon Redbone Live


Top Songs by
Leon Redbone

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  2.   Baby, It's Cold Outside
  3.   Frosty the Snowman
  4.   Kitty Cats' Christmas
  5.   Winter Wonderland
  6.   Border of the Quarter
  7.   Christmas Ball Blues
  8.   Christmas Island
  9.   Let It Snow
  10.   She's My Gal
  11.   Yearning (Just for You)
  12.   Crazy Over Dixie
  13.   Seduced
  14.   Blossoms on Broadway
  15.   Nobody's Sweetheart
  16.   I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby
  17.   Step It up and Go
  18.   Diddy Wa Diddie
  19.   My Melancholy Baby
  20.   Moonlight Bay
  21.   All I Do Is Dream of You
  22.   Any Time
  23.   If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
  24.   You're Gonna Lose Your Gal
  25.   That Old Christmas Moon
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Leon Redbone

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    You'll Shoot Your Eye Out

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    Holiday Party

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    Holiday Deep Dive

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    Eclectic Holiday

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    Top Christmas Hits

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    Jeff & Jenn's Christmas Channel

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    Big Dave's Christmas Favorites

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    Rock The Halls


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