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Original shipping and handling charges are not refundable, and you will be responsible for all costs associated with return shipment. Sorry, this product is currently not available. Product Details 2. Shipping and Delivery 3. Return Policy. Product Details. Classic debut album and best known release from world renowned Leon Redbone. I'm less than forthcoming, but that doesn't necessarily mean I'm mysterious. It just means I'm not inclined to go there.
As writer Andrew Dansby of the Houston Chronicle once put it: "To get caught up in biographical detail is to miss the point of the creation of Leon Redbone. The s folk revival restored awareness about influential American blues players.
But other worlds of old music and performance were left in mothballs: ragtime and old-time jazz and the sounds of vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley. By projecting a persona without a detail-filled biography — essentially a caricature — Redbone deflected attention from himself though stylishly so and back to his songs.
Biographical details did emerge, possibly against his best wishes, even if they stood little competition against the enduring enigma his fans enjoyed. The Toronto Star revealed that 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 mids. He got his start playing Toronto folk clubs in the early '70s, the newspaper said, pointing out that he later settled in Pennsylvania.
I'm just a vehicle It may be urban legend, but the story goes that when music industry legend John Hammond asked Redbone for his phone contact, it turned out to be the number for Dial-a-Joke.
His persona oddly lent itself to numerous commercial syncs, from Budweiser to Purina's Burger 'n' Bones dog food. That Redbone showed up in animated form so often, from the dog food spot to his vocal work as the snowman in "Elf," may have been prefigured by the artwork for his Warner Bros. That album cover featured not a photo of Redbone, but rather a Chuck Jones drawing of the character Michigan J.
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