Monday, 22 July 2019

Leon Redbone RIP!

From Leon Redbone's website:

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"Please don't talk about me when I'm gone" was one of the many old time songs he presented in his initimable retro style when I saw him live at Pizza Express in Soho many Moons ago and this song ist great epitaph for this unique performer, singer and guitarist, who passed away on May 30th 2019 without great media attention almost unnoticed except by his die hard fans for decades.
"Please don't talk about me when I'm gone" is also the fitting title of a documentary short film featuring him and some of his early associates talking about his enigmatic persona. Watch here:

Not much is known about his personal life except he was born in Cyprus to parents of Armenian descent in  and he immigrated in 1961 with his parents to Canada where he changed his name to Leon Redbone and started his career in the coffee house circuit of Toronto.

So here are some of my favourite interpretations of old time songs:









More on his life and legacy:




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