Genre-bending American musician Leon Redbone
Entertainment Live: American Musician Leon Redbone, known for reviving pre-World War II musical styles with his own twist, died on Thursday at age 69, according to a statement on his website.
“It is with heavy hearts we announce that early this morning, May 30 2019, Leon Redbone crossed the delta for that beautiful shore at the age of 127,” read the statement written in the sly style of the musician known for his mysterious persona.
With a stage presence resembling a mash-up of American guitar maverick
Frank Zappa, French jazz legend Marcel Zanini and comedian Groucho Marx,
Redbone seemed a creation of the early 20th century Vaudeville style even
though his rise to popularity began decades later.
Described in turn as a jazz, folk or blues musician, Redbone recreated the
long-lost world of “minstrel shows,” musical showcases that traveled the
southern United States from the end of the 19th century until the Great
Depression began in 1929.
While he kept his past deliberately mysterious, the Toronto Star revealed
that he was born Dickran Gobalian in Cyprus before immigrating to Canada in
the 1960s, while The New York Times separately put his birthday at August 26,
1949, making him 69 at the time of his death.
Redbone achieved fame with appearances on American television shows like
“Saturday Night Live” and Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” beginning in the
“People like to listen to music, I don’t know why, I don’t,” he told AFP in
his trademark self-deprecating style. “But as I’m not a dictator, I’m not
going to impose my taste on the public.”
Dhaka, 31 May (campuslive24.com)//MIH