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Mysterious Talented Silly Person 

Wednesday, Apr 9 2008
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Although Leon Redbone claims to have been born on Black Monday, 1929, as the son of Niccolò Paganini and Jenny Lind, nobody believes him. For a while, David Letterman thought maybe the man behind the dark glasses, fedora, and moustache was Father Guido Sarducci, and it was widely speculated during the 1970s that he might be Andy Kaufman or Frank Zappa. But while Redbone's onstage identity is made up of giggly lies, his music is straightforward Americana, Tin Pan Alley, and ragtime jazz. He's a goofball, and possibly a Canadian. Ultimately, we read Leon Redbone as sort of an amalgam of Charlie Chaplin and Kinky Friedman. You get the picture: Expect outrageous musicianship and songs like "Diddy-Wah-Diddy" and "Harvest Moon."

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