He was a prolific live artist and released more than 15 albums in a four-decade career.
With his distinctive nasal baritone, singing and singing on an acoustic guitar, he won a base of devoted fans and became a regular on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show." Most recently, he served as the voice of "Leon the Snowman" in Will Ferrell's holiday success in 2003, "Elf."
In concert and in interviews, Redbone remained elusive about his past. When asked for a biography for a music festival program, he wrote: "I was born in Shreveport, La., In 1910 and my real name is James Hokum", none of which seems to be true.
The statement on his website announcing his death closed with an ironic farewell: "To his admirers, friends and family who have already missed him, in this area, he says:" Oh, behave. and good night, everyone. & # 39;