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American singer-songwriter Leon Redbone (69) died

Dickran Gobalian, better known by his stage name Leon Redbone, at the age of 69 died. Reports that Variety Thursday.

Redbone became known in the seventies as well as the artist who performed in the style of classic Vaudeville acts from the early 1900s. On stage, he was a striking appearance, because of his goatee, hat and dark sunglasses. Between 1975 and 2014 he released various albums.

In an interview with Rolling Stone in 1974, Bob Dylan is enthusiastic about Redbone. In that time appeared Redbone on different festivals in Toronto. “He has my interest,” said Dylan. “You should see him. He is doing an old Jimmie Rodgers, so he turns around and does a Robert Johnson.”

Due to the fact that he is both a comic as the mysterious hand had (as is not known exactly where he was born), got a Redbone a cult status. But also for a larger American audience, he became known. As he sang various songs for Sesame Street and he was seen in commercials for Budweiser and Chevrolet.

In 2015, it was announced that the Redbone would retire from the entertainment industry, because of his deteriorating health.

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