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Old 06-02-19, 11:03 AM
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RIP Leon

I don't know how I missed this.https://www.npr.org/2019/05/30/72831...-has-diedLoved his music.

Probably my favorite

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Old 06-02-19, 01:43 PM
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I liked his music, but 127 years is a pretty good run.
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Old 06-02-19, 01:59 PM
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Obviously a typo. We was born in 1949.
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Actually sort of a joke. From the wiki


A statement on Mr. Redbone’s website noted his death with cheeky humor: "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." His longtime publicist Jim Della Croce confirmed that his age was in fact 69.[8]

I take it that his music would have been from someone 127. The NPR author was too stupid to fugue it out.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
Actually sort of a joke. From the wiki


A statement on Mr. Redbone’s website noted his death with cheeky humor: "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." His longtime publicist Jim Della Croce confirmed that his age was in fact 69.[8]

I take it that his music would have been from someone 127. The NPR author was too stupid to fugue it out.
Yeah, I was just passing along the tongue in cheek spirit in my previous post. Thing is, you can find videos of him performing when he was in his twenties and he looked and sounded like an old man then.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
Thanks for the post. I saw him perform at a local Community Theater venue in the 90's. I was so surprised to see a straight-laced colleague there.

When I first saw the title of this thread, RIP Leon, Leon Russell first came to mind.

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Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
Yeah, I was just passing along the tongue in cheek spirit in my previous post. Thing is, you can find videos of him performing when he was in his twenties and he looked and sounded like an old man then.
Tom Waits sounded like an older guy in his younger days too. They kind of grew into their voices.
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I first saw him on SNL - a little Googling tells me that was 1976 which was a little earlier than my first guess.
Took me a while to warm up to the style, but he was a slice of America.

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Always enjoyed Leon Redbone from the first time I saw him on TV in the 1970s. His influences were well known -- mostly Piedmont style fingerpickers like Blind Boy Fuller, vocal stylists like Scrapper Blackwell -- but Leon made it all his own. In that respect I preferred Leon a bit over Ry Cooder, whose efforts at vocal authenticity often sounded almost like parody rather than the roots music he was aiming for.

One of those influences -- Scrapper Blackwell's voice wasn't quite as deep and gravelly, but he had that gnawing-on-the-words vocal style, with timing and phrasing that separated him from some blues pickers.

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