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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.”
-Family announcement of his death
Leon Redbone, the acclaimed singer and guitarist who performed jazz, ragtime and Tin Pan Alley-style songs, died Thursday, according to a statement released by his family. He was 69.
No details about his death were provided.
He released his debut album, “On the Track,” in 1975, and dropped 16 albums throughout his career.
Most often dressed in a white suit with a string tie, wearing glasses and a panama hat, Redbone performed twice on “Saturday Night Live” in its first season (1975-1976) and was a frequent guest on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”
He voiced Leon the Snowman in the 2003 Christmas comedy “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell, and sang “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” a duet with Zooey Deschanel, for the film.
Redbone also sang the theme song for the TV series “Mr. Belvedere” and “Harry and the Hendersons.”
A 16-minute documentary about his life aptly titled “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone” was released last year.