Curtain Call: Leon Redbone, The Vaudeville And Tin Pan Alley Music Singer, Dies At Age 69

Date June 3, 2019

Leon Redbone has passed on at the age of 69. The singer-songwriter well known for his Vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley music died on Thursday.


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Jazz legend

Born in Cyprus, Leon began performing in public at nightclubs and folk music festivals in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in the mid-1970s.

The talented singer, known for his signature look featuring a Panama hat, dark sunglasses, and a black tie, made appearances in film and television shows. Leon also had voice-over roles.


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The 69-year-old who was known for jazz, blues, vaudeville, and Tin Pan Alley music released 16 full-length albums.

He married Beryl Handler his producer and manager. They have two daughters, Ashley and Blake.

Gone but not forgotten

The news of Leon’s death was confirmed in a statement on his official site which also gave the singer’s age as 127.

Leon Redbone crossed the delta for that beautiful shore at the age of 127. He departed our world with his guitar, his trusty companion Rover, and a simple tip of his hat.

To his fans, friends, and loving family who have already been missing him so in this realm he says, ‘Oh behave yourselves. Thank you … and good evening everybody.

With his last original album was Flying By in 2014, Leon announced his retirement the following year as performing became challenging for him.

Fans pay tribute to the legend

What a talented singer, he will surely be missed.