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Amos Leon Thomas Jr (born 1937, died May 8, 1999) was an American avant garde jazz singer from East St. Louis, Illinois. He changed his name to Leone in 1974.

Thomas is best known for his work with Pharoah Sanders, particularly the 1969 song “The Creator Has a Master Plan” from Sanders’ Karma album. Thomas’s most distinctive device was that he often broke out into yodeling in the middle of a vocal. This style has influenced singers James Moody and Tim Buckley,among others.

Thomas studied music at Tennessee State University. He also worked with Grant Green, Jimmy Forrest, and Hank Crawford, Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams, Randy Weston, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Louis Armstrong, Carlos Santana, Freddie Hubbard and Oliver Nelson.

Thomas died of heart failure on May 8, 1999.


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  • samtfrost

    Great artist, great human being.

    1 Oct 2014 Reply
  • rompemonster

    yep, The Creator is a super album!

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
  • FredMalus

    Leon Thomas "The Creator (1969-73): The Best of the Flying Dutchman Masters" came out January 2013, fantastic Album!

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • fergalmc

    uh ho ho ho ho humn humn huh huh huh huhh ho ho ho ho humn humn huh huh huh huh!!

    27 Jul 2011 Reply
  • tekkie69

    God bless his soul and the body of work he left us.

    17 May 2010 Reply
  • revcodes

    Several songs in his tracks line up are female vocalists! Wish lastfm would include full tracks of the songs he sings. He's remarkable!

    8 Jan 2010 Reply
  • rhandofnixon

    Woah, this is not what I was expecting, but it's awesome.

    20 Jul 2009 Reply
  • frontseat

    Leon did some nice work on Santana's 1973 album "Welcome".

    20 Oct 2008 Reply
  • L3dd1

    I adore him so much.

    10 Sep 2008 Reply

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