Leon Redbone, acclaimed musician from the 70s, dies

Leon Redbone, the acclaimed singer and guitarist who performed jazz, ragtime and Tin Pan Alley-like songs, died Thursday, according to a statement from his family. He was 69.

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No details about his death were provided.

The singer's career got a boost in the early 70s when Bob Dylan met him at the Mariposa Folk Festival in Ontario, Canada, and praised his performance. Bob said that if he ever started a label, he would have signed it.

Passed on: Leon Redbone, the acclaimed singer and guitarist who performed jazz, ragtime and Tin Pan Alley-like songs, died Thursday at the age of 69. He is seen in New York City in 2014

Passed on: Leon Redbone, the acclaimed singer and guitarist who performed jazz, ragtime and Tin Pan Alley-like songs, died Thursday at the age of 69. He is seen in New York City in 2014

& # 39; Leon interests me & # 39 ;, he said in an interview with Rolling stone in 1974. & # 39; I heard he is somewhere between 25 and 60, I am (one and a half feet away from him) and I can't say, but you have to see him. He does old Jimmie Rodgers, then turns around and does a Robert Johnson. & # 39;

Bob was not the only one who did not know Leon & # 39; s real age, since the actor never directly answered questions about his origin or age.

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Leon's publicist confirmed that he was born in Cyprus on August 26, 1949, but the Thursday statement announcing his death explained that Leon Redbone crossed the beautiful delta at the age of 127. He left our world with his guitar, his faithful companion Rover and a simple tip of his hat. & # 39;

Famous fan: Bob Dylan, 78, met him at the Mariposa Folk Festival in Ontario, Canada, and praised his performance. Bob said he would have signed Redbone if he ever started a label. He is seen in LA in February 2015

Famous fan: Bob Dylan, 78, met him at the Mariposa Folk Festival in Ontario, Canada, and praised his performance. Bob said he would have signed Redbone if he ever started a label. He is seen in LA in February 2015

Famous fan: Bob Dylan, 78, met him at the Mariposa Folk Festival in Ontario, Canada, and praised his performance. Bob said he would have signed Redbone if he ever started a label. He is seen in LA in February 2015

Mother: Bob was not the only one who did not know Leon's real age, because the actor never directly answered questions about his origin or age. He is seen in March 1998 in Eureka, California

Mother: Bob was not the only one who did not know Leon's real age, because the actor never directly answered questions about his origin or age. He is seen in March 1998 in Eureka, California

Mother: Bob was not the only one who did not know Leon's real age, because the actor never directly answered questions about his origin or age. He is seen in March 1998 in Eureka, California

In his element: Leon plays on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1994

In his element: Leon plays on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1994

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In his element: Leon plays on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1994

& # 39; I don't do anything mysterious on purpose. I am less than appearing, but that does not mean that I am mysterious. It simply means that I am not inclined to go there, & said Leon in the press release announcing his death.

The musician retired in 2015 because his health had been a concern for quite some time, a singer spokesperson said at the time, and it was & # 39; too difficult for him to continue the full range of professional activities. & # 39;

He released his debut album On the Track in 1975 and dropped 16 albums during his career.

Stop his work: the musician retired in 2015 because his health had been a concern for some time & # 39 ;, said a singer spokesperson at the time. He is seen in London in 1990

Stop his work: the musician retired in 2015 because his health had been a concern for some time & # 39 ;, said a singer spokesperson at the time. He is seen in London in 1990

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Stop his work: the musician retired in 2015 because his health had been a concern for some time & # 39 ;, said a singer spokesperson at the time. He is seen in London in 1990

Animated version of himself: He spoke out Leon the Snowman in the Christmas comedy of 2003 Elf, starring Will Ferrell, and sang Baby, It & # 39; s Cold Outside, a duet with Zooey Deschanel, for the film

Animated version of himself: He spoke out Leon the Snowman in the Christmas comedy of 2003 Elf, starring Will Ferrell, and sang Baby, It & # 39; s Cold Outside, a duet with Zooey Deschanel, for the film

Animated version of himself: He spoke out Leon the Snowman in the Christmas comedy of 2003 Elf, starring Will Ferrell, and sang Baby, It & # 39; s Cold Outside, a duet with Zooey Deschanel, for the film

Usually dressed in a white suit with a tie, with glasses and a panama hat, Leon performed twice on Saturday Night Live in the first season (1975-1976) and was a regular guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

He released Leon the Snowman in the 2003 Christmas comedy Elf, starring Will Ferrell, and sang Baby, It & # 39; s Cold Outside, a duet with Zooey Deschanel, for the film.

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The resident of Cyprus also sang the theme number for the TV series, Mr. Belvedere, and Harry and the Hendersons.

A 16-minute documentary about his life, with the appropriate title & # 39; Please Do Not Talk About Me When I Am Gone & # 39 ;, was released last year.

Legacy: A 16-minute documentary about his life with the appropriate title & # 39; Please Do Not Talk About Me When I & # 39; m Gone & # 39 ;, was released last year. Leon is seen in London in 1990

Legacy: A 16-minute documentary about his life with the appropriate title & # 39; Please Do Not Talk About Me When I & # 39; m Gone & # 39; was released last year. Leon is seen in London in 1990

Legacy: A 16-minute documentary about his life with the appropriate title & # 39; Please Do Not Talk About Me When I & # 39; m Gone & # 39; was released last year. Leon is seen in London in 1990

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