The music of the late 1970’s was terrible. FM radiowaves were flooded with over-produced theater/stage rock (Yes, ELP, ELO); annoying pre-packaged disco (Chic, Bee Gees, Donna Summer); run-of-the-mill commercial rock (Bob Seeger, the Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd); and New Wave/Punk (Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, the Ramones).
Okay, I’m not denying that I liked that last category. At least it was different.
But right in the middle of all this garbage was the shining star known as Leon Redbone. He came out of nowhere, playing acoustic guitar versions of 1920’s and ’30’s songs while remaining a mystery to his fans. (Some wags speculated that he was really Frank Zappa, undercover.) When I heard Mr. Redbone’s version of “Sheik of Araby” I was hooked.
Here’s Mr. Redbone with three songs, back-to-back, from about 1977.
Mr. Redbone, you are invited to Bunk’s house for mint juleps and peach cobbler any time.
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By the way, thanks for putting up the stained glass. Someone else found the picture here and put links to both of our blogs on it nder the post title “The Church of What?”
Now, isn’t that 1337?