Leon Russell

Leon Russell

 

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Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges; April 2, 1942 – November 13, 2016) was an American musician and songwriter who was involved with numerous bestselling pop music records over the course of his 60-year career. His genres included pop, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, standards, gospel and surf records. He was awarded six gold records.

His collaborations rank as some of the most successful in music history, and as a touring musician he performed with hundreds of notable artists.[1] He recorded 33 albums[2] and at least 430 songs.[3] He wrote "Delta Lady", recorded by Joe Cocker, and organized and performed with Cocker's "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" tour in 1970.[4] His "A Song for You" has been recorded by more than 200 artists, and his "This Masquerade" by more than 75.[5]

As a pianist, he played in his early years on albums by the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean. On his first album, Leon Russell, in 1970, the musicians included Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. One of his biggest early fans,[6][7] Elton John said Russell was a "mentor" and "inspiration". They recorded their album The Union in 2010,[8] which earned them a Grammy nomination.[9]

Russell produced and played in recording sessions for Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Ike & Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones, and others. He wrote and recorded the hits "Tight Rope" and "Lady Blue". He performed at the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971 along with Harrison, Dylan and Eric Clapton. In 2011, he was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[10]

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On A Distant Shore
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On A Distant Shore is an album by musical artist Leon Russell, released on September 27, 2017.
Delaney & Bonnie
 
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T.A.M.I. Show
 
T.A.M.I. Show is a 1964 concert film released by American International Pictures.

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Soundtrack Film Appearances1

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TV Shows2

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Leon Russell's 'A Song For You' added to Grammy Hall Of Fame
  –  January 17, 2018
It's been a long trip through space and time, but Leon Russell's 1970 track "A Song For You" joined ... Whitney Houston and dozens of prominent recording artists. The singer-songwriter and famed sideman is in good company with the freshly announced honor.
Leon Russell's 'A Song For You' added to Grammy Hall Of Fame
  –  January 17, 2018
It's been a long trip through space and time, but Leon Russell's 1970 track "A Song For You" joined ... Whitney Houston and dozens of prominent recording artists. The singer-songwriter and famed sideman is in good company with the freshly announced honor.
Leon Russell's 'A Song For You' added to Grammy Hall Of Fame
  –  January 17, 2018
It's been a long trip through space and time, but Leon Russell's 1970 track "A Song For You" joined ... which is billed as "the world's leading society of music professionals." Russell's already a Grammy winner and was inducted into the Rock and Roll ...
Pop culture: Leon Russell song selected for Grammy Hall of Fame
  –  January 17, 2018
Leon Russell’s “A Song For You” has been selected for the ... qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old. Russell, a Tulsa music legend who died in 2016, wrote and recorded the song for an album released in 1970 by Shelter ...
Leon Russell's 'A Song For You' added to Grammy Hall Of Fame
  –  January 17, 2018
It's been a long trip through space and time, but Leon Russell's 1970 track "A Song For You" joined the Grammy Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Russell passed away in 2016, but the Lawton-native, who grew up in Tulsa, wrote the iconic song for his debut solo ...
Pop culture: Leon Russell song selected for Grammy Hall of Fame
  –  January 17, 2018
Leon Russell’s “A Song For You” has been selected for the Grammy Hall of Fame. The Grammy Hall Of Fame was established by the Recording Academy’s National Trustees in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that ...
Gregory Page
  –  January 17, 2018
Gregory Page has opened for Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Judy Collins, Chris Isaak, Jason Mraz, and more. He has more than 20 albums out, and his music has been heard both on television and in the movies.
Nirvana, Aerosmith, Queen Recordings + More to Enter Grammy Hall of Fame
  –  January 16, 2018
Leon Russell and more. With the 25 new recordings, the Grammy Hall of Fame now includes 1,063 titles in all. You can see what has been chosen for the Grammy Hall at this location.
NIRVANA, AEROSMITH, QUEEN, JIMI HENDRIX Among 2018 'Grammy Hall Of Fame' Inductees
  –  January 16, 2018
FOUR TOPS, Billie Holiday, the KING COLE TRIO, Hugh Masekela, Mike Oldfield, PARLIAMENT, Billy Paul, THE ROLLING STONES, Leon Russell and Andy Williams. For a full list of recordings inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame, go to this location.
NAACP Launches National Solar Equity Initiative
  –  January 16, 2018
Photo courtesy of Vote Solar’s Twitter account: NAACP Chairman Leon Russell and President Derrick Johnson on the roof during the solar installation launch event on Saturday.
New this week: Camila Cabello, BØRNS, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and more
  –  January 15, 2018
Tinsley Ellis: Winning Hand (Alligator). Southern blues-rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Ellis delivers nine original songs (plus one Leon Russell cover) on his latest set. Those who like guitar are in for a treat here, as it’s all about that and ...
Morrison Brothers Band to play Stoltz Jan. 18
  –  January 12, 2018
The Morrison Brothers Band has performed on some of the nation’s largest stages, opening for Merle Haggard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Leon Russell, Old Dominion and many more. Its discography includes a self-titled EP released in 2016 and “State of the Union ...
Tri-State natives Bobby Bare, Tom T. Hall part of new Country Music Hall of Fame's Roaring '70s Exhibit
  –  January 11, 2018
It heightened Austin’s musical profile further and united musicians as diverse as Leon Russell and Roy Acuff. The long-running television performance series Austin City Limits was launched in 1975 to give the city’s music broader exposure. The Outlaw ...
'Still Not Dead': Willie Nelson battling flu; illness forces cancellation of several concerts
  –  January 11, 2018
And I’m still here,” he said. Some of Nelson’s best friends — Merle Haggard, Ray Price and Leon Russell — have recently died. “I wrote a new song called 'I Don’t Want to Be the Last One Standing.' But wait a minute, let me think about that ...
Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum Announces OUTLAWS & ARMADILLOS: COUNTRY'S ROARING '70'S
  –  January 11, 2018
It heightened Austin's musical profile further and united musicians as diverse as Leon Russell and Roy Acuff. The long-running television performance series Austin City Limits was launched in 1975 to give the city's music broader exposure. The Outlaw ...
A.J. Croce Stirs Up a Soulful Stew. But Don't Call It a Throwback.
  –  January 8, 2018
Most of the songs are written by Croce alone (including “Gotta Get Outta My Head,” “Move On,” and “I Couldn’t Stop”), but there is also a co-write with the late Leon Russell (“The Heart That Makes Me Whole”). Finally, if “Name of the ...
The Standard Minor-Drop Progression
  –  January 6, 2018
are Pink Floyd’s “Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” the old jazz standard “My Funny Valentine,” “This Masquerade” by Leon Russell, “Veronica” by Elvis Costello, Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life” and “I Just Called to Say I Love You ...
Release Day Picks 2017 Spotify Playlist
  –  January 5, 2018
Final albums by Gregg Allman, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Leon Russell, are also presented. Spend some time digging into the 2,495 track playlist of releases picked earlier in 2017 below:
Homeless man charged with murdering ex-60s soul singer during attempted rape
  –  January 5, 2018
ABC 7 reported. During her career, Willis recorded collaborations with the Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley and Leon Russell.
Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother to close, again
  –  January 4, 2018
I kind of feel like Santa’s helper.” From the beginning, the store has been popular with musicians; customers over the years have included Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love and Leon Russell. The owner of the building the store occupies is raising the rent ...
Former 1960s Soul Singer Dies on New Year’s Day; Homeless Man Arrested
  –  January 4, 2018
Willis also recorded collaborations with the Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley and Leon Russell. Willis had been sleeping in a parking lot when Pec started sexually assaulting her, Fox reported. He then killed her after she yelled for help. A bystander ...
Man Charged With Murder of 76-Year-Old Homeless Woman During Sexual Assault in Los Angeles
  –  January 4, 2018
According to Hollywood.com, Willis recorded tracks produced by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame–inducted musician Leon Russell in the 1960s. She was also featured as the lead vocalist on “The Revo-Lution” by Rachel and the Revolvers by Brian Wilson from ...

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