Leon Redbone has Retired from Performing and Recording

Leon Redbone, the legendary folk/jazz/roots performer has retired from both public appearances and recording. A spokesman for the artist noted, “We share the sadness and disappointment sure to be experienced by his many fans and friends and hope they understand that his health has been a matter of concern for some time.  It has become too challenging for him to continue the full range of professional activities.”
 
Redbone’s career has spanned over four decades and began with his earliest performances on the folk festival and club circuit.  His numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Saturday Night Live and other outlets catalyzed his rise to international recognition.  Over the ensuing years he has appeared throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Japan and released thirteen albums of his unique music, a panoply of early music styles that he delivered with his singular laconic idiosyncratic style.
 
A Long Way Home, a collection of solo performances, both live and studio, dating from 1972, documenting the dawn of Redbone’s professional career, will be released by Nashville’s Third Man Records as a double album n the near future.
 
A true champion of early American ragtime, blues and jazz, Leon Redbone has spent a lifetime preserving that musical tradition while exposing successive generations to a rich musical heritage of which they might not otherwise have become aware.  In this regard, his efforts have been lauded by numerous notables including Lovin’ Spoonful founder John Sebastian who has stated, “I find Leon Redbone to be one of our national treasurers.”  Blues and folk veteran John Hammond succinctly commented, “Leon is the real deal.”




Photo credit: Jim Shea 

84 comments

  • Mike Cox

    Mike Cox Elizabeth City, NC

    Leon, I'm very sorry that you are retiring. I have to say I'm very lucky to have caught you live a few times. Being a guitar player and fan of the "older" songs your style has greatly influenced me. I look forward to the forthcoming release. It would also be nice to have a dvd/blu ray of some of your shows from the past. Thanks for all your contributions. I'm still waiting for that guitar lesson!! Kind regards, Mike

    Leon, I'm very sorry that you are retiring. I have to say I'm very lucky to have caught you live a few times. Being a guitar player and fan of the "older" songs your style has greatly influenced me. I look forward to the forthcoming release. It would also be nice to have a dvd/blu ray of some of your shows from the past. Thanks for all your contributions. I'm still waiting for that guitar lesson!! Kind regards, Mike

  • Dave Moore

    Dave Moore Enumclaw, WA

    My father passed away recently, two days shy of his 80th birthday. He is who I have to thank for introducing me to your music. He was sitting up in his hospital bed, miserable and waiting for the nurse to come when I played a ringtone that I made for my phone anytime he'd call. It was Champaign Charlie. It brought a smile to his face and I could see he was lost in the moment, remembering better days. On behalf of myself and my father I like to say thank you Leon. Thank you for that and many other moments through the years when me and dad bonded over your music.

    My father passed away recently, two days shy of his 80th birthday. He is who I have to thank for introducing me to your music. He was sitting up in his hospital bed, miserable and waiting for the nurse to come when I played a ringtone that I made for my phone anytime he'd call. It was Champaign Charlie. It brought a smile to his face and I could see he was lost in the moment, remembering better days. On behalf of myself and my father I like to say thank you Leon. Thank you for that and many other moments through the years when me and dad bonded over your music.

  • Laurie Byro

    Laurie Byro Hewitt, NJ

    My dad died December 2013. He said he HATED music, and never kept up with any (never knew who the Beatles were etc.) and one say he starts singing "lazybones, sleeping in the shade" and I made him sit and listen to Leon and it brought tears to my eyes that somewhere way back, he knew and loved these songs. Thanks for a great career and I hope his health is going to improve. Peace, Laurie and Mike Byro

    My dad died December 2013. He said he HATED music, and never kept up with any (never knew who the Beatles were etc.) and one say he starts singing "lazybones, sleeping in the shade" and I made him sit and listen to Leon and it brought tears to my eyes that somewhere way back, he knew and loved these songs. Thanks for a great career and I hope his health is going to improve.

    Peace,
    Laurie and Mike Byro

  • Paul O'Dalaigh

    Paul O'Dalaigh Ireland

    So sorry to hear this... when my school friends were listening to Guns 'N' Roses or The Cure or whatever, I became intrigued by the guy sitting in a train carriage telling us all to relax. Well, my local record store owner knew exactly who it was and within a few weeks I had everything from 'On the Track' to 'Sugar'. I played the sweet heck out of all of them... and I still do to this day. In 2008 I finally got to see him play live in Waterford, Ireland. It was a wonderful night and at the end I got to meet a man whose music had followed me from my teens into my thirties. It was not a disappointment: Mr Redbone was witty, gracious, courteous, generous with his time - he even drew a little martini on my 'Any Time' cover! When I told him my daughter learned to whistle along to 'The Whistling Colonel' he did a double-take and chuckled. Because of Mr Redbone I've discovered so much great music! From Gene Austin to Lee Morse, I know I would never have encountered them by sheer chance. So thank you Mr Redbone, for making my life a little better! I truly hope Mr Redbone's health improves soon. But in the meantime: Relax, sir - you've earned it!

    So sorry to hear this... when my school friends were listening to Guns 'N' Roses or The Cure or whatever, I became intrigued by the guy sitting in a train carriage telling us all to relax. Well, my local record store owner knew exactly who it was and within a few weeks I had everything from 'On the Track' to 'Sugar'. I played the sweet heck out of all of them... and I still do to this day. In 2008 I finally got to see him play live in Waterford, Ireland. It was a wonderful night and at the end I got to meet a man whose music had followed me from my teens into my thirties. It was not a disappointment: Mr Redbone was witty, gracious, courteous, generous with his time - he even drew a little martini on my 'Any Time' cover! When I told him my daughter learned to whistle along to 'The Whistling Colonel' he did a double-take and chuckled.

    Because of Mr Redbone I've discovered so much great music! From Gene Austin to Lee Morse, I know I would never have encountered them by sheer chance. So thank you Mr Redbone, for making my life a little better!

    I truly hope Mr Redbone's health improves soon.

    But in the meantime: Relax, sir - you've earned it!

  • Jan Schaech

    Jan Schaech Beaverton, OR

    So sorry to hear of your retirement and sad that it is for health reasons. Have enjoyed your music since I first heard you on SNL in the 70's. Your style, your humor and raw talent have entertained and brought happiness to me and my family on the six albums I own of yours including Christmas Island (A holiday staple at our home)! I was fortunate to have seen you live in Portland Oregon a number of years ago, an experience I will not forget. Thank you SO much for sharing your music with us. Now is time to take care of yourself. Best regards...Jan

    So sorry to hear of your retirement and sad that it is for health reasons. Have enjoyed your music since I first heard you on SNL in the 70's. Your style, your humor and raw talent have entertained and brought happiness to me and my family on the six albums I own of yours including Christmas Island (A holiday staple at our home)! I was fortunate to have seen you live in Portland Oregon a number of years ago, an experience I will not forget. Thank you SO much for sharing your music with us. Now is time to take care of yourself. Best regards...Jan

  • Leila Parkinson

    Leila Parkinson Visalia. Ca.

    So sorry to hear you are retiring but needed to say thank you for sharing your talent with us. I thought this would be my year to come and see one of your concerts but was too late. My brother (now deceased) and I have loved your music since the 1970's. You are one of a kind. To brighten my day all I have to do is listen to your music and dance with my dog. My wishes for your improved health.

    So sorry to hear you are retiring but needed to say thank you for sharing your talent with us. I thought this would be my year to come and see one of your concerts but was too late. My brother (now deceased) and I have loved your music since the 1970's. You are one of a kind. To brighten my day all I have to do is listen to your music and dance with my dog. My wishes for your improved health.

  • Max

    Max Vermont

    Best wishes and much gratitude for your music, Leon. I saw you in concert one snowy night in Randolph, VT a couple winters back, and it remains one of my most cherished memories of any performance. Thank you so much!

    Best wishes and much gratitude for your music, Leon. I saw you in concert one snowy night in Randolph, VT a couple winters back, and it remains one of my most cherished memories of any performance. Thank you so much!

  • Eric

    Eric Pennsylvania

    There is no one quite like you Leon and I'm sure many others would agree. I like many genres of music though I can't play any instruments and trust me, no one wants to hear me sing. I do want to say "Thank You" for staying true to who you are and what you love. You're an absolute original. It's great to watch your performances. I enjoy your sense of humor as well. I truly wish you the very best!

    There is no one quite like you Leon and I'm sure many others would agree. I like many genres of music though I can't play any instruments and trust me, no one wants to hear me sing. I do want to say "Thank You" for staying true to who you are and what you love. You're an absolute original. It's great to watch your performances. I enjoy your sense of humor as well. I truly wish you the very best!

  • Cathy

    Cathy Texas

    When I heard about your retirement there was a tear in my beer. I sent you a cartoon illustration and a letter, but they were returned. I understand. Changes happen. I am so sorry I missed saying hello to you recently. I don't know how that happened (my mistake-again). Please come back. You're a brilliant genius. I hope you will consider a documentary movie with someone to narrate it and tell about the musicians of your particular musical niche. Others have done documentaries about jazz, but nobody has ever told about another time and place with Jelly Roll, Blind Blake, and the other musicians you brought to light. The movie could feature YOU in a past performance doing a piece of music from that musician. I confess .... I like your face. I would love to own a movie of you performing so I could watch you and hear you any time. A documentary would also educate younger people. I hope you get everything in life you want. I wish you better health, joy and happiness. Life is a bitter sweet waltz.

    When I heard about your retirement there was a tear in my beer. I sent you a cartoon illustration and a letter, but they were returned. I understand. Changes happen. I am so sorry I missed saying hello to you recently. I don't know how that happened (my mistake-again). Please come back. You're a brilliant genius. I hope you will consider a documentary movie with someone to narrate it and tell about the musicians of your particular musical niche. Others have done documentaries about jazz, but nobody has ever told about another time and place with Jelly Roll, Blind Blake, and the other musicians you brought to light. The movie could feature YOU in a past performance doing a piece of music from that musician. I confess .... I like your face. I would love to own a movie of you performing so I could watch you and hear you any time. A documentary would also educate younger people. I hope you get everything in life you want. I wish you better health, joy and happiness. Life is a bitter sweet waltz.

  • Martin V

    Martin V SW Pennsylvania

    You have sung all the tunes my parents taught me to enjoy, I have the honor and pleasure to tell you that I have introduced your albums to my 6 and 10 year old children. I hope that they pass your works on to their kids too. Your career has been a wonderful event and was glad to be around to witness it.

    You have sung all the tunes my parents taught me to enjoy, I have the honor and pleasure to tell you that I have introduced your albums to my 6 and 10 year old children. I hope that they pass your works on to their kids too.

    Your career has been a wonderful event and was glad to be around to witness it.

  • Magnolia  Jones

    Magnolia Jones Dallas

    Dear Stealth Bonedaddy: Have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week. Remember to wish on a star. Or - maybe you could use Venus (a/k/a the Morning and Evening Star).

    Dear Stealth Bonedaddy: Have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY this week. Remember to wish on a star. Or - maybe you could use Venus (a/k/a the Morning and Evening Star).

  • Tom Hodges

    Tom Hodges Marietta, GA

    Happy Birthday, Leon!

    Happy Birthday, Leon!

  • Feets Too Big

    Feets Too Big Junius Heights, USA

    I wish you well on your CD. All of us fans will be waiting for it. I noticed Bob Dylan had his last CD for sale at Starbuck’s. I have bought several CDs that way – hearing a CD at Starbuck’s, liking what I heard, and buying it. I also see Whole Foods has CDs near the check-out counter. …just an idea. Take care.

    I wish you well on your CD. All of us fans will be waiting for it. I noticed Bob Dylan had his last CD for sale at Starbuck’s. I have bought several CDs that way – hearing a CD at Starbuck’s, liking what I heard, and buying it. I also see Whole Foods has CDs near the check-out counter. …just an idea. Take care.

  • Michael Lowenstein

    Michael Lowenstein Collingswood, NJ

    Loved You Since Early Appearances on SNL Also been lucky enough to attend several of your performances in person in NJ and PA over the years, and I own just about all of your records and CDs. Your unique, entertaining music style and versatility will be missed by many. We're about the same age (I'm a bit older) and you were the inspiration for me to take up the tenor resonator and baritone uke (Chicago tuning), and actively play your music and other songs from the era when the musicians (Lee Morse, Fats Waller, Ruth Etting, and on and on) had real talent, and songs had great, lasting melodies and wonderful words to go along. Thank you for giving that back to the many who really appreciate it. Best wishes and good health.

    Loved You Since Early Appearances on SNL

    Also been lucky enough to attend several of your performances in person in NJ and PA over the years, and I own just about all of your records and CDs. Your unique, entertaining music style and versatility will be missed by many. We're about the same age (I'm a bit older) and you were the inspiration for me to take up the tenor resonator and baritone uke (Chicago tuning), and actively play your music and other songs from the era when the musicians (Lee Morse, Fats Waller, Ruth Etting, and on and on) had real talent, and songs had great, lasting melodies and wonderful words to go along. Thank you for giving that back to the many who really appreciate it. Best wishes and good health.

  • Joseph Moe

    Joseph Moe Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Mr Redbone I met you once in the early 1980s' as you were getting on a Hotel elevator in downtown Minneapolis. The Hotel was in the IDS center and I said to you I really enjoy all your performances on Saturday Night Live and you said in your usual deep baritone "Thank you very much." I stepped out of the elevator as you said thank you. I'm so sorry to read about your health. I pray that you get better very soon. I've been singing along to your music quite often recently and one of my favorites is Diamonds Don't Mean A Thing which among many of your other songs is in my baritone range. Wish Upon A Star, The Seduce Song , actually everything that you sing. My E Mail is bluesfan1930s.rj@gmail.com or robertjohnson1937@gmail.com. I look forward to the documentary and new CD whenever they come out. John Sebastion is right you are a national treasure for bringing us this treasured music. If I'm not mistaken your first appearance on Saturday Night Live you sang Polly Wolly Doodle All Day and I was hooked at the first few notes. My Great Aunt adopted me and was quite a bit older than my friends parents so she exposed me to big band music when she needed me to give her refresher dance lessons. Then when the Sting came out in 1971 I was exposed to Ragtime and Scott Joplin. Years later 1990 to be exact Sony Records released Robert Johnsons' Complete Recordings and I was hooked on Ragtime and the blues. If I had known that you sang White Christmas better than Bing Crosby I could have told my mom to toss her Bing Crosby Christmas album out and listen to yours. I would love to sing your songs at any Kareoke contest and I bet I could win. My prayers are for your speedy recovery and good health. Sincerely Joseph Moe

    Mr Redbone
    I met you once in the early 1980s' as you were getting on a Hotel elevator in downtown Minneapolis. The Hotel was in the IDS center and I said to you I really enjoy all your performances on Saturday Night Live and you said in your usual deep baritone "Thank you very much." I stepped out of the elevator as you said thank you. I'm so sorry to read about your health. I pray that you get better very soon. I've been singing along to your music quite often recently and one of my favorites is Diamonds Don't Mean A Thing which among many of your other songs is in my baritone range. Wish Upon A Star, The Seduce Song , actually everything that you sing. My E Mail is bluesfan1930s.rj@gmail.com or robertjohnson1937@gmail.com. I look forward to the documentary and new CD whenever they come out. John Sebastion is right you are a national treasure for bringing us this treasured music. If I'm not mistaken your first appearance on Saturday Night Live you sang Polly Wolly Doodle All Day and I was hooked at the first few notes. My Great Aunt adopted me and was quite a bit older than my friends parents so she exposed me to big band music when she needed me to give her refresher dance lessons. Then when the Sting came out in 1971 I was exposed to Ragtime and Scott Joplin. Years later 1990 to be exact Sony Records released Robert Johnsons' Complete Recordings and I was hooked on Ragtime and the blues. If I had known that you sang White Christmas better than Bing Crosby I could have told my mom to toss her Bing Crosby Christmas album out and listen to yours. I would love to sing your songs at any Kareoke contest and I bet I could win. My prayers are for your speedy recovery and good health. Sincerely
    Joseph Moe

  • Joseph Moe

    Joseph Moe Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Mr Redbone OOPS Correct email robertjohnson1937@yahoo.com the bluesfan1930s.rj @gmail.com was correct just messed up the Robert Johnson email by putting gmail instead of Yahoo. I have an idea to write 3 screenplays about blues music starting with the 1920's 30's and 40's I would call it Briefcase Full Of Blues. I'm trying to find someone interested in the screenplays before I actually write them though. I wrote to Spike Lee and his company does not accept outside contributions. If you know of anyone who would be interested in this Trilogy of Blues Goodness please have them send me an email to preferably the bluesfan address. Sincerely Joseph Moe

    Mr Redbone
    OOPS Correct email robertjohnson1937@yahoo.com the bluesfan1930s.rj @gmail.com was correct just messed up the Robert Johnson email by putting gmail instead of Yahoo.
    I have an idea to write 3 screenplays about blues music starting with the 1920's 30's and 40's
    I would call it Briefcase Full Of Blues. I'm trying to find someone interested in the screenplays before I actually write them though. I wrote to Spike Lee and his company does not accept outside contributions. If you know of anyone who would be interested in this Trilogy of Blues Goodness please have them send me an email to preferably the bluesfan address.
    Sincerely
    Joseph Moe

  • Melody Lenuson

    Melody Lenuson Marion, Indiana

    I first saw you (along with every one else in their sisties) on SNL. WOW!!! First saw you perform live at the Key Palace Theatre in Redkey. Oh and by the way, we are in our sixties, not our sisties:-) I am retiring this year too. I am 62 and have fibro. Fun. I hope that whatever your health issues are, they are something you can come back from and be comfortable. If not, I am very sorry. Juat know that you gave all of us so much joy and even if you can no longer sing, we can still hear you:-)

    I first saw you (along with every one else in their sisties) on SNL. WOW!!! First saw you perform live at the Key Palace Theatre in Redkey. Oh and by the way, we are in our sixties, not our sisties:-) I am retiring this year too. I am 62 and have fibro. Fun. I hope that whatever your health issues are, they are something you can come back from and be comfortable. If not, I am very sorry. Juat know that you gave all of us so much joy and even if you can no longer sing, we can still hear you:-)

  • Viola Buonarrotti

    Viola Buonarrotti Italy, Texas

    A search for Leon Redbone? Try and catch the wind.

    A search for Leon Redbone? Try and catch the wind.

  • Tony LaMantia

    Tony LaMantia Chicago

    Here's wishing you a very long and healthy retirement !

    Here's wishing you a very long and healthy retirement !

  • Rose of San Antone

    Rose of San Antone San Antone

    Oh Honey Pie - It seems like infinity. Please come back across the Trinity. You may find fortuitous serendipity and happiness for eternity. You have a standing invitation to come in to my kitchen. It's going to be raining outdoors. Hope you are staying outta mischief.

    Oh Honey Pie - It seems like infinity.
    Please come back across the Trinity.
    You may find fortuitous serendipity
    and happiness for eternity.

    You have a standing invitation to come in
    to my kitchen. It's going to be raining outdoors.

    Hope you are staying outta mischief.

  • Hathor Stellar

    Hathor Stellar Celeste, Texas

    Whether you celebrate Christmas or not - have a magical and heavenly day on December 25th (a full moon). The stars warn not to launch a new album until after January. It'll fly better if you wait until February.

    Whether you celebrate Christmas or not - have a magical and heavenly day on December 25th (a full moon). The stars warn not to launch a new album until after January. It'll fly better if you wait until February.

  • John Kaufman

    John Kaufman Denver, Colorado

    So sad to hear of your musical retirement! Been a fan since SNL way back when. May good health follow you, you are forever an inspiration.

    So sad to hear of your musical retirement! Been a fan since SNL way back when. May good health follow you, you are forever an inspiration.

  • Birdie

    Birdie Wimberly, Texas

    *** J’aime et j'espère. *** Maybe “I will see you in the spring when the birds begin to sing.” (Memphis Jug Band) Spring seems so far away. Please call again real soon Honeydripper. You’re the onlyest one I want to hear from.

    *** J’aime et j'espère. ***

    Maybe “I will see you in the spring when the
    birds begin to sing.” (Memphis Jug Band)

    Spring seems so far away. Please call again real soon
    Honeydripper. You’re the onlyest one I want to hear from.

  • Harrie van Geffen

    Harrie van Geffen Nuenen, Netherlands

    This is real bad news. I saw you perform in Utrecht,around 1992. It definitely was one of the most memorable concerts I've ever been to. Woulditbe popossible to make a dvd with highlights of your performances? Maybe that makes this news bearable.....

    This is real bad news. I saw you perform in Utrecht,around 1992. It definitely was one of the most memorable concerts I've ever been to. Woulditbe popossible to make a dvd with highlights of your performances? Maybe that makes this news bearable.....

  • Marie

    Marie

    I am here, but where are you?

    I am here, but where are you?

  • Milton

    Milton Franklin , Wisconsin

    I am crying , you shared the good years , please share your illness and retirement with your fans . I love you man .

    I am crying , you shared the good years , please share your illness and retirement with your fans . I love you man .

  • Bluebonnet

    Bluebonnet somewhere in time

    Spring has sprung. The grass has riz. Wonder where my Sugar Bear iz? Iz you iz - or iz you ain't my Honey?

    Spring has sprung. The grass has riz. Wonder where my Sugar Bear iz?
    Iz you iz - or iz you ain't my Honey?

  • Dawn

    Dawn Pearl River, NY

    So very, very sorry to hear your health is not good. My husband and I went to see you perform in Tarrytown, NY back in the mid 94, 95. The show was fantastic !! A night that I will never forget. Your panama suit, the simple stage props. When you stopped in the middle of performing a song to reach down and pic up your camera and take a picture of the audience. The place went wild. We introduced your music to our kids when they were young and they could recognize your songs or tunes when they would show up on a television program or commercial. Your. Music will always put a smile on my face and on my heart. I look forward to a speedy recovery and a announcement that your coming out of retirement. All the best Mr. Redbone. Ain,t Misbehavin

    So very, very sorry to hear your health is not good. My husband and I went to see you perform in Tarrytown, NY back in the mid 94, 95. The show was fantastic !!
    A night that I will never forget. Your panama suit, the simple stage props. When you stopped in the middle of performing a song to reach down and pic up your camera and take a picture of the audience.
    The place went wild. We introduced your music to our kids when they were young and they could recognize your songs or tunes when they would show up on a television program or commercial.
    Your. Music will always put a smile on my face and on my heart. I look forward to a speedy recovery and a announcement that your coming out of retirement.
    All the best Mr. Redbone. Ain,t Misbehavin

  • Phil B.

    Phil B. Northampton, MA

    I hope the new double CD A Long Way Home will be available soon. I am sure there are thousands of fans that are looking forward to its release. I hope this note finds in the best health that you can be in Leon.

    I hope the new double CD A Long Way Home will be available soon. I am sure there are thousands of fans that are looking forward to its release. I hope this note finds in the best health that you can be in Leon.

  • William B

    William B Hollywood

    How can you measure the contribution a talent like Leon makes to our lives? I have listened to his music probably 8 hours a week for the last 40 years. He has accompanied me at my labors during so many stressful deadlines that I cannot imagine what it would have been like without him. Thank you Leon for so much good company! You always have a free place at Hollywood B&B.

    How can you measure the contribution a talent like Leon makes to our lives? I have listened to his music probably 8 hours a week for the last 40 years. He has accompanied me at my labors during so many stressful deadlines that I cannot imagine what it would have been like without him. Thank you Leon for so much good company! You always have a free place at Hollywood B&B.

  • Karen R.

    Karen R. Denver

    I'm just heartbroken. Years ago I twice had plans to see you play, first at the Little Bear in Evergreen and then at Lannie Garrett's cabaret in Denver, and both times had to cancel. Can't believe I won't get another chance. Have absolutely loved you and your music since the 70's! Listening to your music always lightens my mood, puts a smile on my face, and gets me dancing! I hope you're improving and feeling better every day. God bless. Love forever.

    I'm just heartbroken. Years ago I twice had plans to see you play, first at the Little Bear in Evergreen and then at Lannie Garrett's cabaret in Denver, and both times had to cancel. Can't believe I won't get another chance. Have absolutely loved you and your music since the 70's! Listening to your music always lightens my mood, puts a smile on my face, and gets me dancing! I hope you're improving and feeling better every day. God bless. Love forever.

  • Jim McEvers

    Jim McEvers TX

    A fan since the 70's.... thanks for all you have given us. Peace and good health!

    A fan since the 70's.... thanks for all you have given us. Peace and good health!

  • Nathan

    Nathan Charlotte,nc

    Mr. Redbone, my family and I have just recently become acquainted with you and your music within the last year or so. You have filled our lives with layer of beauty and joy that cannot be measured. When dance with my little children to your sweet sounds, I find life is more full. Thank you for your art. Regretfully we will not be able to see you in person but hopeful for some peace and good health for you.

    Mr. Redbone, my family and I have just recently become acquainted with you and your music within the last year or so. You have filled our lives with layer of beauty and joy that cannot be measured. When dance with my little children to your sweet sounds, I find life is more full. Thank you for your art. Regretfully we will not be able to see you in person but hopeful for some peace and good health for you.

  • Larry

    Larry Denver, CO

    Leon, My grandfather played piano in a studio orchestra in the '20s, and when I brought home On The Track it made him stop cold. We spent time playing your records and a lot more together until he passed away, and I still get to play them every now and again for people who mostly didn't get to hear the originals, or your incomparable renditions. I hope you feel better, and know you influenced at least a couple generations of musicians.

    Leon,
    My grandfather played piano in a studio orchestra in the '20s, and when I brought home On The Track it made him stop cold.
    We spent time playing your records and a lot more together until he passed away, and I still get to play them every now and again for people who mostly didn't get to hear the originals, or your incomparable renditions.
    I hope you feel better, and know you influenced at least a couple generations of musicians.

  • Chuck

    Chuck Schaumburg IL USA

    Mr Redbone I have been a fan for many years and was fortunate to see you live one time. I am sorry to hear you are Retiring and pray that your health will improve so you can enjoy your retirement Again thank you for your music and your style. God Bless you.

    Mr Redbone
    I have been a fan for many years and was fortunate to see you live one time. I am sorry to hear you are Retiring and pray that your health will improve so you can enjoy your retirement Again thank you for your music and your style. God Bless you.

  • LOU S.

    LOU S. LEVITTOWN, PA

    Like many of the comments posted here, I just wanted to thank you for the pleasure your music, and performance, has brought me over the years. From opening for George Carlin, BCCC, Sellersville, TLA, Keswick, Shadybrook, Mauch Chunk, 2 shows in one night near the Penn campus, etc. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching you perform. Now, it seems you need to follow the advice you gave me (on a picture you were kind enough to sign to me) when I retired.......... it's time to RELAX. You've earned it, Leon. You have brought a great deal of entertainment to me, and many others. Finally, if you had to go, you went out with a great album. "Flying By" is outstanding!! Be well, Leon.

    Like many of the comments posted here, I just wanted to thank you for the pleasure your music, and performance, has brought me over the years. From opening for George Carlin, BCCC, Sellersville, TLA, Keswick, Shadybrook, Mauch Chunk, 2 shows in one night near the Penn campus, etc. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching you perform.
    Now, it seems you need to follow the advice you gave me (on a picture you were kind enough to sign to me) when I retired.......... it's time to RELAX. You've earned it, Leon. You have brought a great deal of entertainment to me, and many others.
    Finally, if you had to go, you went out with a great album. "Flying By" is outstanding!!
    Be well, Leon.

  • Nancy

    Nancy Maynard Mass

    So miss seeing you!

    So miss seeing you!

  • Sweet Emma

    Sweet Emma

    High and Lonesome (Jimmy Reed) Rattled (the Wilburys) I know this is the southwest - but I still get rattled under "ambush" circumstances and react exactly the opposite to the way I wish. So near and yet so far away. Try, try, try again. : )

    High and Lonesome (Jimmy Reed)

    Rattled (the Wilburys)

    I know this is the southwest - but I still get rattled under "ambush" circumstances and react exactly the opposite to the way I wish. So near and yet so far away. Try, try, try again. : )

  • Crusty Stinkershorts

    Crusty Stinkershorts Connecticut

    Fans often forget musicians get old too. It's like we expect them to go on forever. Be thankful for what he gave you.

    Fans often forget musicians get old too. It's like we expect them to go on forever. Be thankful for what he gave you.

  • Denson Smith

    Denson Smith picayune ms

    So sorry to hear you are retiring. I have spent many happy hours listening to you with my friends.

    So sorry to hear you are retiring. I have spent many happy hours listening to you with my friends.

  • MJ

    MJ Chicago, Illinois

    I have been fortunate to have seen you a time or two.. I am glad I lived in a time when we can enjoy your music over and over again. You will be sorely missed, but I want to send you a heart felt thank you for the joy you have given us over the years.. I hope you can get back to a healthy place and enjoy your retirement! Thank you again The suave man in the white suit. panama hat and dark glasses!

    I have been fortunate to have seen you a time or two.. I am glad I lived in a time when we can enjoy your music over and over again. You will be sorely missed, but I want to send you a heart felt thank you for the joy you have given us over the years.. I hope you can get back to a healthy place and enjoy your retirement! Thank you again The suave man in the white suit. panama hat and dark glasses!

  • Itchy Knickerbottoms

    Itchy Knickerbottoms Pago Pago

    FIREWORKS: The Original Memphis Five

    FIREWORKS: The Original Memphis Five

  • Nowhere Man

    Nowhere Man Nowhere Land

    David Bowie was a very creative person. Awhile back he launched a “virtual” tour via art movie houses. During previews the theater announced a special night when people could go (for $25) and see a movie with Bowie’s music, snippets from past performances, etc. He brought his “virtual show” to the people via places such as the Angelika Film Center. Who knew he was actually very sick? I just thought he was being creative and had come up with a new way to “tour” without physically schlepping his body around. …. just a thought. I am noWHERE. I am noW here.

    David Bowie was a very creative person. Awhile back he launched a “virtual” tour via art movie houses. During previews the theater announced a special night when people could go (for $25) and see a movie with Bowie’s music, snippets from past performances, etc. He brought his “virtual show” to the people via places such as the Angelika Film Center. Who knew he was actually very sick? I just thought he was being creative and had come up with a new way to “tour” without physically schlepping his body around. …. just a thought.

    I am noWHERE. I am noW here.

  • tim

    tim alaska

    is there a recording out there of Leon singing "Getting to know you" that isn't part of a Chevy commercial?

    is there a recording out there of Leon singing "Getting to know you" that isn't part of a Chevy commercial?

  • neil greenberg

    neil greenberg hamden,ct

    Leon, what a major disappointment to learn that you had retired. And to make it sadder still, that it was due to your health. I hope that your condition improves, or at the least is stable. My family and I have seen you perform many times, mostly in CT. I am almost 80 now, and I hope my kids will listen to and appreciate the music that you performed for many years to come. You were one of a kind, and we will miss you profoundly. Fondly, Neil

    Leon, what a major disappointment to learn that you had retired. And to make it sadder still, that it was due to your health. I hope that your condition improves, or at the least is stable.
    My family and I have seen you perform many times, mostly in CT. I am almost 80 now, and I hope my kids will listen to and appreciate the music that you performed for many years to come.
    You were one of a kind, and we will miss you profoundly.
    Fondly,
    Neil

  • Girl

    Girl down the street

    Listen. Can you hear all of your adoring fans clapping for you? Thank you for standing up for the world’s refugees. They need help. And, congratulations on your latest album. The album cover is absolutely PERFECT. I’m certain all of us fans will enjoy the new music as only YOU can do it. We know it will be s’wonderful. We know you said you were retiring, but then … at the same time … it seemed like you turned right around and gave yourself MORE projects to do — like making albums and movies. It's like you retired and then went straight back to work. We know working on your new projects kept you from your fishin’ and lazin’ around time. We are grateful and appreciate you. We love getting just a little bit more. Your audience is listening. Take good care of yourself. We hope your health is better and that you are enjoying retirement. URTB/YATB

    Listen. Can you hear all of your adoring fans clapping for you? Thank you for standing up for the world’s refugees. They need help. And, congratulations on your latest album. The album cover is absolutely PERFECT. I’m certain all of us fans will enjoy the new music as only YOU can do it. We know it will be s’wonderful. We know you said you were retiring, but then … at the same time … it seemed like you turned right around and gave yourself MORE projects to do — like making albums and movies. It's like you retired and then went straight back to work. We know working on your new projects kept you from your fishin’ and lazin’ around time. We are grateful and appreciate you. We love getting just a little bit more. Your audience is listening. Take good care of yourself. We hope your health is better and that you are enjoying retirement. URTB/YATB

  • Ginamarie

    Ginamarie Georgia

    OMG...just heard 'Baby, it's cold outside', your duet with Zooey Deschanel, on Pandora !! I knew your voice right away...grew up listening to your music. What a Blessing to know you are well and relaxing after delighting us ALL with your musical talent !! Stay well : ))))))

    OMG...just heard 'Baby, it's cold outside', your duet with Zooey Deschanel, on Pandora !! I knew your voice right away...grew up listening to your music. What a Blessing to know you are well and relaxing after delighting us ALL with your musical talent !! Stay well : ))))))

  • Teri Booher

    Teri Booher St. Petersburg, Fl

    Hello Leon I hope it's O.K. for me to call you by your first name, but I looked u up to let u know that u were one of my fondest memories as a young person. I am now 59 years old. When I was in my early 20 's I worked at a place called the Terra Verde Island Resort in St.Petersburg ,Fl. I was the head Bartender, After your concert, you took me to a party, We played pool,other girls were offering to give you other things, but we won the pool game and the 50 dollar bet. You took me back to my car and I went home. The next day you had left me my half of the money we won, with your autograph. I Have always respected you since. Thanks for the memory.

    Hello Leon I hope it's O.K. for me to call you by your first name, but I looked u up to let u know that u were one of my fondest memories as a young person. I am now 59 years old. When I was in my early 20 's I worked at a place called the Terra Verde Island Resort in St.Petersburg ,Fl. I was the head Bartender, After your concert, you took me to a party, We played pool,other girls were offering to give you other things, but we won the pool game and the 50 dollar bet. You took me back to my car and I went home. The next day you had left me my half of the money we won, with your autograph. I Have always respected you since. Thanks for the memory.

  • Ray Williams

    Ray Williams Chapel Hill NC formerley London UK

    Dear Leon I'm not sure you will remember, but I was the Music Supervisor on 'Everybody wins', score by Mark Isham and additional music by your brilliant self, 'Polly waddle doodle' etc, although the film was not a great success, all of us had a ball working with you and Miss. Handler, I remember the show you invited us to see in London, just lovely, I've been watching many of your wonderful moments on YouTube and picked up you had retired, may I say it was a privilege to work with you and hope one day to meet you again, meanwhile may we wish you a happy retirement, much love to you and . family. Ray Williams www.crumbsmusic.com

    Dear Leon
    I'm not sure you will remember, but I was the Music Supervisor on 'Everybody wins', score by Mark Isham and additional music by your brilliant self, 'Polly waddle doodle' etc, although the film was not a great success, all of us had a ball working with you and Miss. Handler, I remember the show you invited us to see in London, just lovely, I've been watching many of your wonderful moments on YouTube and picked up you had retired, may I say it was a privilege to work with you and hope one day to meet you again, meanwhile may we wish you a happy retirement, much love to you and .
    family.
    Ray Williams
    www.crumbsmusic.com

  • Paul Stewart

    Paul Stewart Nashville, TN

    Not sure if this is a project Leon would consider but I truly believe there is a substantial number of us guitarists out here that would love to have a song book from Leon featuring some of his most loved recordings that has the guitar tablature, tunings/capo info, chord voicings he used.

    Not sure if this is a project Leon would consider but I truly believe there is a substantial number of us guitarists out here that would love to have a song book from Leon featuring some of his most loved recordings that has the guitar tablature, tunings/capo info, chord voicings he used.

  • david poleski

    david poleski earth

    Yes...I, too, am a guitarist that would LOVE to have a book of instruction covering Leon's chord voicings, tabs, tunings etc. Thanks, Leon, for the whole trip. You've been an inspiration, an incredible entertainer and, always, a total delight. We'll miss you beyond words.

    Yes...I, too, am a guitarist that would LOVE to have a book of instruction covering Leon's chord voicings, tabs, tunings etc.
    Thanks, Leon, for the whole trip. You've been an inspiration, an incredible entertainer and, always, a total delight. We'll miss you beyond words.

  • Rebecca Starr

    Rebecca Starr Pittsburgh, Pa

    I have loved you since the seventies. I introduced my father to your music. He loved it so much, that we went to see you in a club. I went to see you whenever you were playing in town.I am six years older than you are. I wish you a long and happy retirement and I hope your health improves. You have given so many people joy. I looked you up online just to see if you had any new cds coming out because I have been playing your old ones a lot lately., which is why I am here.

    I have loved you since the seventies. I introduced my father to your music. He loved it so much, that we went to see you in a club. I went to see you whenever you were playing in town.I am six years older than you are. I wish you a long and happy retirement and I hope your health improves. You have given so many people joy. I looked you up online just to see if you had any new cds coming out because I have been playing your old ones a lot lately., which is why I am here.

  • Dennis Fitzgerald

    Dennis Fitzgerald NH

    Leon, thanks for all the great music. You were one of the best and will be missed.

    Leon, thanks for all the great music. You were one of the best and will be missed.

  • Jim

    Jim Pittsburgh, PA

    Mr. Redbone, although I was never fortunate enough to see you perform live, I listen to your records frequently. Your music has added a lot to my enjoyment of the world. Peace and thank you, sir.

    Mr. Redbone, although I was never fortunate enough to see you perform live, I listen to your records frequently. Your music has added a lot to my enjoyment of the world. Peace and thank you, sir.

  • Shannon

    Shannon NC

    My husband lost his father at an early age - His dad was a musician and my husband has fond memories of listening to your music with his dad. We were fortunate enough to enjoy your talent live in Maryland of 2013 and it was such a blessing. A blessing to listen to you, watch you perform, and even more so to see the smile on my husbands face that he got to see you live, one of his dads most favorite musicians. We listen to your music often, thank you for sharing it with the world

    My husband lost his father at an early age - His dad was a musician and my husband has fond memories of listening to your music with his dad. We were fortunate enough to enjoy your talent live in Maryland of 2013 and it was such a blessing. A blessing to listen to you, watch you perform, and even more so to see the smile on my husbands face that he got to see you live, one of his dads most favorite musicians. We listen to your music often, thank you for sharing it with the world

  • Herself the Elf

    Herself the Elf way up north

    A merry CHRISTMAS to you. And, happy new year! *< :o)

    A merry CHRISTMAS to you. And, happy new year! *< :o)

  • Linda

    Linda Durham, NC

    Thinking of you, and appreciating you.

    Thinking of you, and appreciating you.

  • Windy

    Windy Boom Town

    Dear "SWIFT" - Regarding your recent electric performance- I must say you are like quicksilver. You went at Mach II speed and left my head spinning. It was curious and magical. Step it up and go and I will quicken my pace. Dash on Mr. Dashing FLASH man. Please do another fly by and I will do my best to hie, scamper and bolt next time.

    Dear "SWIFT" - Regarding your recent electric performance- I must say you are like quicksilver. You went at Mach II speed and left my head spinning. It was curious and magical. Step it up and go and I will quicken my pace. Dash on Mr. Dashing FLASH man. Please do another fly by and I will do my best to hie, scamper and bolt next time.

  • Jeff Miller

    Jeff Miller St Louis, Mo

    Mr. Redbone, I would like the thank you for offering your talent in musical performance over the years for us all to indulge in and enjoy. I grew up on rock but over time have expanded to many genres. Your music is unique and generally just makes you feel good. My Wife and I have been lucky enough to have seen several shows here in St Louis, and we were always left looking forward to the next one. I hope you enjoy retirement in good health knowing that your music will live on forever. Thank you and God Bless

    Mr. Redbone,
    I would like the thank you for offering your talent in musical performance over the years for us all to indulge in and enjoy. I grew up on rock but over time have expanded to many genres. Your music is unique and generally just makes you feel good.
    My Wife and I have been lucky enough to have seen several shows here in St Louis, and we were always left looking forward to the next one.
    I hope you enjoy retirement in good health knowing that your music will live on forever.
    Thank you and God Bless

  • Dan Luttrell

    Dan Luttrell San Diego, CA

    Like many of your fans, I first saw you on the Carson Show. The next day I went out looking for one of your records. As a child, i remember hearing your voice in Warner Brothers cartoons. We didn't have video recorders back then. I saw you live twice in San Diego near the ocean, and I can't remember the other time. I just missed one of your last concerts out in Poway and I will always regret that day. I have just retired myself. I have still enjoy every song that I hear in the way that you pull on my memories, Dan

    Like many of your fans, I first saw you on the Carson Show. The next day I went out looking for one of your records. As a child, i remember hearing your voice in Warner Brothers cartoons. We didn't have video recorders back then. I saw you live twice in San Diego near the ocean, and I can't remember the other time. I just missed one of your last concerts out in Poway and I will always regret that day. I have just retired myself. I have still enjoy every song that I hear in the way that you pull on my memories,
    Dan

  • Jack korpela

    Jack korpela Milwaukee, WI

    I still cannot believe I was lucky enough to catch a show at McCabes guitar shop. I called and was told all tickets were sold out but I knew I had to be there for that one. So I made the drive anyway and found the only extra ticket. Crucial Thanks Leon All the best, Jack K

    I still cannot believe I was lucky enough to catch a show at McCabes guitar shop. I called and was told all tickets were sold out but I knew I had to be there for that one. So I made the drive anyway and found the only extra ticket.
    Crucial Thanks Leon
    All the best,
    Jack K

  • John Padovano

    John Padovano Fair Haven, NJ USA

    I met Leon Redbone years when I opened for him at a Club in New Jersey. He is a warm and kind man. I wish him and his family all the best. I enjoy his music very much.

    I met Leon Redbone years when I opened for him at a Club in New Jersey. He is a warm and kind man. I wish him and his family all the best. I enjoy his music very much.

  • Ed

    Ed Southport UK

    Hi. I've fairly recently discovered Mr Redbone, pity it took so long. How could I get the chords for 'Laughing Blues' please, would anyone be able to help? I'm a happy amateur......this tune would be a gem of a piece to include in my daily practise sessions. Thanks in anticipation, Ed.

    Hi. I've fairly recently discovered Mr Redbone, pity it took so long.
    How could I get the chords for 'Laughing Blues' please, would anyone be able to help?
    I'm a happy amateur......this tune would be a gem of a piece to include in my daily practise sessions.

    Thanks in anticipation,

    Ed.

  • Bob Malenky

    Bob Malenky New York City

    I've loved Leon's music for 40+ years. I've been fortunate enough to know and learn from such iconic musicians as Muddy Waters, Lightnin' Hopkins, Sonny Terry and others. I've also had the honor to work with Peter Ecklund (trumpet) and others who worked with Leon Redbone. Leon has greatly expanded my horizons and influenced my music making. What ever the health issues are, I wish Leon strength and happiness.He's given me many great moments.

    I've loved Leon's music for 40+ years. I've been fortunate enough to know and learn from such iconic musicians as Muddy Waters, Lightnin' Hopkins, Sonny Terry and others. I've also had the honor to work with Peter Ecklund (trumpet) and others who worked with Leon Redbone. Leon has greatly expanded my horizons and influenced my music making. What ever the health issues are, I wish Leon strength and happiness.He's given me many great moments.

  • Patty Danaher Lynch

    Patty Danaher Lynch Bucks County, Pa.

    One of the best crooners ever! 'Live shows were always entertaining. Your music will always be one of the treasures of my lifetime. Many thank you's. 😊

    One of the best crooners ever! 'Live shows were always entertaining. Your music will always be one of the treasures of my lifetime. Many thank you's. 😊

  • Adam

    Adam Weedville

    I grew up on your music. My father is a big fan, I am a big fan, now my children are big fans. That is called touching many generations. I want you to come join us for a St Patricks day celebration. adambobneil@yahoo.com

    I grew up on your music. My father is a big fan, I am a big fan, now my children are big fans. That is called touching many generations. I want you to come join us for a St Patricks day celebration. adambobneil@yahoo.com

  • Bob Stepno

    Bob Stepno Radford Va.

    Happy Birthday if August 26th really is your birthday, and if it is not, happy belated birthday. I still have a card you gave me when we met in the 1970s. It says "how do you do?" on one side, and the other side is blank. I am well, and I hope you are too.

    Happy Birthday if August 26th really is your birthday, and if it is not, happy belated birthday.

    I still have a card you gave me when we met in the 1970s. It says "how do you do?" on one side, and the other side is blank.

    I am well, and I hope you are too.

  • Belle

    Belle Texas

    Candy Man! Candy Man! Candy Man! Come to town. I need you NOW. Can't come out. You must home deliver.

    Candy Man! Candy Man! Candy Man! Come to town. I need you NOW. Can't come out. You must home deliver.

  • Belle

    Belle

    Southern Comfort

    Southern Comfort

  • Regina Rowan

    Regina Rowan Orlando, FL

    I first heard Leon Redbone in Atlanta, GA, opening for John Prine and Steve Goodman, and I became an immediate fan. So sorry to know he will not be touring and hope that his health improves. He is unique and his quiet humor and tremendous talent is missed.

    I first heard Leon Redbone in Atlanta, GA, opening for John Prine and Steve Goodman, and I became an immediate fan. So sorry to know he will not be touring and hope that his health improves. He is unique and his quiet humor and tremendous talent is missed.

  • bruce zwelsky

    bruce zwelsky NY

    I have listened to you from the beginning of your career....you have been a big part of my life....God speed

    I have listened to you from the beginning of your career....you have been a big part of my life....God speed

  • Belle

    Belle

    The pearl is in the river.

    The pearl is in the river.

  • Winnie Mae

    Winnie Mae America

    I like the picture of you w/the Monet painting. Monet painted outside without sunglasses- possibly why he developed cataracts. After cataract surgery his art changed. He no longer saw the true colors of things. His friend, Renoir, suffered from rheumatoid arthritis- a crippling, painful, chronic disease. Eventually, a brush was tied to his crippled hand so he could continue to paint. Your London photo: How nice to be there. Monet also spent time in England. It seems to be so much more civilized over there than here. (NOTE: If you like museums, you should try roller skating @the Guggenheim -top to bottom.)

    I like the picture of you w/the Monet painting. Monet painted outside without sunglasses- possibly why he developed cataracts. After cataract surgery his art changed. He no longer saw the true colors of things. His friend, Renoir, suffered from rheumatoid arthritis- a crippling, painful, chronic disease. Eventually, a brush was tied to his crippled hand so he could continue to paint. Your London photo: How nice to be there. Monet also spent time in England. It seems to be so much more civilized over there than here. (NOTE: If you like museums, you should try roller skating @the Guggenheim -top to bottom.)

  • Williaml Reyher

    Williaml Reyher Georgia

    DAMN!!!

    DAMN!!!

  • Fey

    Fey

    right place / wrong time .......... knock again

    right place / wrong time .......... knock again

  • Delilah Hastings

    Delilah Hastings Springfield

    &lt;3

    <3

  • Sprinkles

    Sprinkles Milky Way

    REMEMBER: Ice cream has no bones.

    REMEMBER: Ice cream has no bones.

  • Steve

    Steve Kansas City

    Leon, enjoy your retirement and thanks for leaving us with all the wonderful CDs. I was lucky to see you perform in person twice toward the end of your career and you (and Big Mike) still had it. Thanks for all the memories!

    Leon, enjoy your retirement and thanks for leaving us with all the wonderful CDs. I was lucky to see you perform in person twice toward the end of your career and you (and Big Mike) still had it. Thanks for all the memories!

  • Seraphine Louis

    Seraphine Louis Arsy, France

    Thank you so much. I've taken note of what you did. I appreciate it.

    Thank you so much. I've taken note of what you did. I appreciate it.

  • Mike

    Mike California

    Thank you for all the music Leon, I'll never forget your contribution - you're still my go-to channel on Pandora. I hope you're well and enjoying retirement. Best Mike

    Thank you for all the music Leon, I'll never forget your contribution - you're still my go-to channel on Pandora. I hope you're well and enjoying retirement.
    Best
    Mike

  • Jeff McCaskill

    Jeff McCaskill Vancouver, BC

    Dear Mr. Redbone, Hearing of your musical retirement prompted me to visit your site simply to express my profound gratitude for all the lovely, long-forgotten songs you’ve exhumed, dusted off, and delighted me with over the years. It’s been a terrific auditory adventure that began one fortuitous night some forty-two years ago when I couldn’t sleep, turned on the TV, and caught you belting out a magnificent charmer as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. I was utterly entranced by your graceful guitar work and deep, resonant voice. It felt comfortable and strangely nostalgic, like being introduced to someone who, minutes later, you realize was a long-lost childhood friend. Over the years, I’ve worn out or given away many of your albums, but recently, like so many, I grumpily succumbed to the digital age and its undeniable conveniences. However, I thought you should know that I found it wholly impossible to pigeonhole your work into a single genre on Spotify, so I happily created a Leon Redbone playlist, where the likes of “Polly Wolly Doodle,” Seduced,” “Lazy River,” and “Shine On Harvest Moon” will reside till my dying days, or the demise of Spotify, whichever comes first. Again, thanks so much for the decades of joy your eclectic body of work provided, and I wish (and pray for) your speedy and full recovery. All the best! Jeffrey

    Dear Mr. Redbone,

    Hearing of your musical retirement prompted me to visit your site simply to express my profound gratitude for all the lovely, long-forgotten songs you’ve exhumed, dusted off, and delighted me with over the years.

    It’s been a terrific auditory adventure that began one fortuitous night some forty-two years ago when I couldn’t sleep, turned on the TV, and caught you belting out a magnificent charmer as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.

    I was utterly entranced by your graceful guitar work and deep, resonant voice. It felt comfortable and strangely nostalgic, like being introduced to someone who, minutes later, you realize was a long-lost childhood friend.

    Over the years, I’ve worn out or given away many of your albums, but recently, like so many, I grumpily succumbed to the digital age and its undeniable conveniences. However, I thought you should know that I found it wholly impossible to pigeonhole your work into a single genre on Spotify, so I happily created a Leon Redbone playlist, where the likes of “Polly Wolly Doodle,” Seduced,” “Lazy River,” and “Shine On Harvest Moon” will reside till my dying days, or the demise of Spotify, whichever comes first.

    Again, thanks so much for the decades of joy your eclectic body of work provided, and I wish (and pray for) your speedy and full recovery.

    All the best!

    Jeffrey

  • Dan

    Dan DiMartino

    Mr. Redbone, From the mid 70's through today, whenever anyone happens to ask me who my favorite musical artist is, my answer is the same. Leon Redbone. I've had the opportunity to see you perform more than once and loved every minute. Even more exciting was the time that I met you in a restaurant across from the Iron Horse Theater in Northampton, MA. You were gracious and welcoming as I briefly interrupted your pre-performance dinner, you shook my hand and commented that you enjoyed the mushrooms at this particular venue. Afterwards, your show was sensational as expected. I wish you the best and thank you for the joy you've brought into my home for so long.

    Mr. Redbone,

    From the mid 70's through today, whenever anyone happens to ask me who my favorite musical artist is, my answer is the same. Leon Redbone.

    I've had the opportunity to see you perform more than once and loved every minute. Even more exciting was the time that I met you in a restaurant across from the Iron Horse Theater in Northampton, MA. You were gracious and welcoming as I briefly interrupted your pre-performance dinner, you shook my hand and commented that you enjoyed the mushrooms at this particular venue. Afterwards, your show was sensational as expected.

    I wish you the best and thank you for the joy you've brought into my home for so long.

  • Charlotte Hamilton

    Charlotte Hamilton Ash Fork, Arizona

    I am so sorry that we won't get to hear your amazing music any more. I was so lucky to catch you live and I have many of your cd's and listen regularly. You are one of the best

    I am so sorry that we won't get to hear your amazing music any more. I was so lucky to catch you live and I have many of your cd's and listen regularly. You are one of the best

  • Dennis

    Dennis Winnipeg, Canada

    Dearest Leon ... Thank you a million times over for all the music and happiness you've brought the world! I'll forever treasure your visit up here to our Folk Festival a number of years ago. We all wish you the very, very best! Yours, Dennis in Winnipeg, Canada

    Dearest Leon ...

    Thank you a million times over for all the music and happiness you've brought the world! I'll forever treasure your visit up here to our Folk Festival a number of years ago. We all wish you the very, very best!

    Yours,
    Dennis in Winnipeg, Canada

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