Leon Redbone

Leon Redbone

Birth
Nicosia, Cyprus
Death 30 May 2019 (aged 69)
New Hope, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 199589322 · View Source
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Musician, Composer. Recognized for his deep baritone, trademark fedora, dark glasses and Groucho Marx style mustache, he shot to fame during the mid 1970s with his unique brand of Folk, Jazz and Ragtime genres. Little is known about his early life. It is speculated that he immigrated to Canada from Cyprus, prior to making an name for himself with Canadian fans as a performer on the Folk Music circuit. Bob Dylan was impressed by Redbone which led to publicity and a recording contract with Warner Brothers. His first notable recordings were included on the multiple artist record "On the Track" (1975) which also featured Joe Venuti and Don McLean. The album on which Redbone sang, played guitar and harmonica achieved a Top 100 placing on the US Pop Charts. During the course of his career, he recorded more than a dozen albums. He was a frequent performer on such TV programs as "Saturday Night Live" and "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." He will also be remembered for a series of flamboyant 1980s Budweiser Beer Commercials in which he proclaimed "This Bud's for you." Additionally, he composed the theme songs for the TV shows "Mr. Belvedere" (1985 to 1990) and "Harry and the Hendersons" (1991 to 1993). He provided the voice for 'Leon the Snowman' in the film "Elf" (2003). Redbone retired from performing in 2015.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 30 May 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 199589322
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leon Redbone (26 Aug 1949–30 May 2019), Find A Grave Memorial no. 199589322, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Burial Details Unknown.