Au Revoir, Leon Redbone...

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  1. trapdoor2

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    R.I.P at age 69 or 127, depending on who you believe...

    One of my favorite musicians. Saw him live twice, once in Lafayette, LA and another here.

    We are diminished...
     
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    I was convinced at a certain time that he was Frank Zappa in disguise.
     
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    And Rocky Rococo, and Guido Sarducci....

    Dang, sorry to hear this
     
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    He was a lot of fun. My dad had his album "Double Time" on cassette we listened to on many family trips. It wasn't until I was grown that I realized what heavy musicians were playing with him on those albums.
     
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    Bummer. I saw him years ago down in Ann Arbor and what I thought might be kinda a ‘gimmicky’ performance turned out to be great. Very entertaining guy and a good player. RIP.
     
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    Loved the guy, miss em already...Michigan J. Frog has left the building

     
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  7. John Owen

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    Sorry to hear that. I saw him only once - back in about 1976. One of the most memorable music experiences I ever had.

    One thing from that performance that I still laugh about whenever I recall it - he was about halfway through a song and then abruptly stopped mid-line. He grabbed a flashlight from a little table that was sitting by him and, without saying a word, he slowly panned the audience with the light. He spent about 15 or 20 seconds moving the flashlight beam through the auditorium with a really deadpan look on his face and not saying a word. Then, as abruptly has he had started that routine, he put down the flashlight and resumed the song right where he left off, finished the song and went on to the next with no explanation or mention of the little light show. It's one of those things that you really had to be there for but it was so off the wall that it still cracks me up.

    He was a great player and kind of a one man time capsule of great old tunes I probably would have missed out on if not for him.

    So long Leon. Thanks for being there.
     
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    I saw him play in the early '80s at a small book store. Everyone sat on folding chairs. At one point, he mentioned that he was playing the "luckiest guitar in the world," having been built in the 1940s but stored in an attic for decades until he got it and, thus, "no one ever played rock and roll on it".
     
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    He was an interesting guy and he had a great ear for what was good in old music
     
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    RIP LEON! you are missed already!
     
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    I saw him at the Ark in the mid to late 80s with Cindy Cashdollar. Maybe you were at that show?

    RIP

    One of his records was among the first records I ever bought.
     
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    Gifted player. He went against the grain but still somehow became famous for a time.
     
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    RIP, Mr. Redbone. Multi-generational appeal - everyone in my family liked his music and persona.
     
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    that this exists shows how weird this planet is... I usually play this song on banjo.. but I dig this version...
     
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    He was such an original person, though I'm not sure if he ever did an original song.
    There was a summer that I had the song Seduced on infinite repeat in my car.

    He truly seemed timeless or ageless, something like that.
     
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    We saw him at the Kent Stage back in '07. Man, was he different. Never saw a performer quite like him. He played solo and was very entertaining and created quite a persona for himself.
     
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    Just read his Wiki page. Canadian, born in Cyprus as Dickran Gobalian. Who knew?
     
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    My dad was a huge fan, I heard Leon a lot at home as a teenager. I always appreciated his style. RIP.
     
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    I thought he was Bob Dylan being masked and pseudonymous, or some come-to-life cut footage from Woodie Allen's "Zelig." But yeah. He was from another time, fer sure....
     
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    I'm old enough to remember him on episodes of the first seasons of Saturday Night Live. Back when SNL brought you interesting musicians that you perhaps didn't know, instead of the uninteresting ones everyone knows. And he held my attention then, and well.
     
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