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Leon Redbone
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    (August 26, 1949-May 30, 2019)
    Raised in Canada
    Resides in New Haven, Pennsylvania (?)
    Albums include ‘On the Track (1975),’ ‘Double Time (1977),’ ‘Takin’ My Time (1977),’ ‘No Regrets (1988),’ ‘Sugar (1991),’ ‘Up a Lazy River (1992),’ ‘Whistling in the Wind (1994)’ and ‘Any Time (2001)’
    He looks like a Peter Sellers character.
    Like Tom Waits, he constantly lies about himself in interviews.
    He sometimes says he was born in the mid-19th Century.
    He claims his birth name is ‘Dickran Gobalian.’
    He does a lot of old-timey schtick in his performances.
    He occasionally wears a monocle.
    Some find him affected and obnoxious.
    There was a theory he was really Frank Zappa doing a character.
    He’s done beer commercials.
    One writer called him ‘the most famous non-famous American musician.’
    He survived a plane crash.
    He was a frequent ‘Saturday Night Live’ guest in the seventies.
    Gary Larson referred to him in a ‘Far Side’ cartoon.
    He performed at Adam Sandler’s wedding.
    He has a cult following.
    The Frank Zappa rumors evaporated when Zappa died and Redbone didn’t.
    He provided the theme for ABC’s delightful sitcom, ‘Mr. Belvedere.’

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