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by Leon Bibb
Leon Bibb (1922 to 2015) was an American-Canadian 'folk' singer. Charles Leon Aurthello Bibb was born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, on February 7th 1922. After growing up in the "bluegrass state", he moved on to study voice in New York, and then worked on Broadway. His musical career began when he became a featured soloist of the Louisville Municipal College 'glee club' while still a student. He was one of the performers at the first "Newport Folk Festival" in 1959, and also had his own 'NBC' television talk show. During the late-1950s and early-1960s, Bibb was one of a number of American entertainers who were 'blacklisted', for alleged ties to left-wing groups and causes. In 1963, he travelled to Mississippi to join Dick Gregory and others in the fight against racial segregation in the United States. Despite that career setback, he continued to perform, and in 1963/64 he was featured singing both on the national TV show, "Hootenanny", and on "The Ed Sullivan Show", also accompanying Bill Cosby on tours. Bibb provided the soundtrack to Luis Bunuel's 1960 film "The Young One", his 'a cappella' vocals blending with his classical, spiritual and 'blues' influences. After 1969, he went to live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and in 2009 was made a Member of the Order of British Columbia. At the time of receiving this honour, he was still an active performer. Leon Bibb died in Vancouver on October 23rd 2015, aged 93. He was the father of the Finland-based singer/songwriter Eric Bibb, and also grandfather to the Swedish dancer/performer Rennie Mirro. http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/music/vancouver+legend+leon+bibb+dies/11463119/story.html
1922 - 2015 - United States - Canada
Posted: 3rd November 2015
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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