Leon Redbone Biography – Leon Redbone Wiki
Leon Redbone born Dickran Gobalian, was a singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor and voice actor.
Redbone he was born Dickran Gobalian and “reinvented himself under the guidelines of Ontario’s Change of Name Act” when he moved from Cyprus to Canada in the mid-1960s. He got his start playing Toronto folk clubs in the early ’70s.
He sang the themes for TV’s “Mr. Beledevere” and “Harry and the Hendersons,” along with contributing a duet of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with Zooey Deschanel to the soundtrack of “Elf,” for which he also voiced the animated character of Leon the Snowman.
He appeared several times as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” — including two spots in the inaugural 1975-76 season alone — and landing frequent appearances with Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” into the 1980s.
Leon Redbone Age
He was born on August 26, 1949, in Cyprus. He died on May 30, 2019, at the age of 69.
Leon Redbone Wife
Redbone was married to his wife Beryl Handler.
Leon Redbone Children
Redbone had two children, daughters Blake and Ashley. He had three grandchildren.
Leon Redbone Family
Leon Redbone’s family was of Armenian origin. His parents lived in Jerusalem but moved in 1948 to Nicosia, Cyprus, where Redbone was born. By 1961, the family had moved to London, England, and by 1965 to Toronto.
Leon Redbone Health
Redbone had officially retired in 2015, with a representative then citing unspecified health concerns that had “been a matter of concern for some time” as the reason for his being unable to continue performing or recording.
Leon Redbone Death
Redbone died on May 30, 2019. He was 69. A post on Redbone’s official website confirming his death contained enough deadpan humor and obvious fiction that it was almost certainly prepared in advance by the singer himself.
“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.’”
Leon Redbone Cause of Death
Leon Redbone’s cause of death was not revealed.
Leon Redbone Ethnicity
He was of Armenian ancestry.
Leon Redbone Albums
- On the Track
- Double Time
- Champagne Charlie
- From Branch to Branch
- Red to Blue
- Christmas Island
- No Regrets
- Up a Lazy River
- Whistling in the Wind
- Any Time
- Flying By