Singer Leon Redbone dies at 69

Singer-songwriter Leon Redbone, who specialized in old-school vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley-style music, died earlier today, his family confirmed. He was 69.

A post on his website reads, with a deadpan tone and humor characteristic of his music: “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. He departed our world with his guitar, his trusty companion Rover, and a simple tip of his hat. He’s interested to see what Blind Blake, Emmett, and Jelly Roll have been up to in his absence, and has plans for a rousing sing along number with Sári Barabás. An eternity of pouring through texts in the Library of Ashurbanipal will be a welcome repose, perhaps followed by a shot or two of whiskey with Lee Morse, and some long overdue discussions with his favorite Uncle, Suppiluliuma I of the Hittites. 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.” ”

Redbone had retired from performing in 2015 after an improbable career that saw the release of 16 full-length albums beginning with “On the Track,” his 1975 debut on Warner Bros.  He went on to put out albums on his own August imprint through Blue Thumb, Private Music and Rounder, with his most recent new release, 2014’s “Flying By” was issued through his August Records imprint (distributed by Rounder) as have all of his recordings dating back to the mid-1980s. A compilation of his earliest recordings titled Long Way From Home was released in 2016 via Third Man Records.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Singer Leon Redbone visits at SiriusXM Studios on March 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 648 -- Pictured: Leon Redbone -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CA.REDBONE.1.0119.ASSAN JUAN CAPISTRANOCOACH HOUSELeon Redbone performs Saturday evening at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. (Photo by Al Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Guitarist Leon Redbone on stage, Cambridge, England, 1995. (Photo by Dave Peabody/Redferns/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 518 -- Pictured: (l-r) Host Jay Leno with musical guest Leon Redbone on August 12, 1994-- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1 -- Air Date 09/24/1994 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mike Myers as Ron Wood, Steve Martin as Leon Redbone during "The Ron Wood Show" skit on September 24, 1994 (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 122 -- Pictured: Musical guest Leon Redbone onstage December 3, 1992 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 122 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical guest Leon Redbone during an interview with host Jay Leno on December 3, 1992 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 24: Singer Leon Redbone performs in concert on May 24, 1992 at the Cinegrill, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 27: Leon Redbone, guitar and vocals, performs at the Paradiso on August 27th 1991 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (Photo by Frans Schellekens/Redferns)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical guest Leon Redbone performs on July 21, 1991 -- (Photo by: Wendy Perl/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 648 -- Pictured: Leon Redbone -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 518 -- Pictured: (l-r) Host Jay Leno with musical guest Leon Redbone on August 12, 1994-- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical guest Leon Redbone during an interview with Johnny Carson on January 2, 1991 -- (Photo by: Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Portrait of singer Leon Redbone on the street in Chicago, Illinois, April 4, 1986. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 22 -- Air Date 05/29/1976 -- Pictured: Musical Guest Leon Redbone during "Shine on Harvest Moon" musical performance on May 29, 1976 (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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