Leon Russell

Born Apr 2, 1942

Leon Russell is an American musician and songwriter, who has recorded as a session musician, sideman, and maintained a solo career in music. Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, he began playing piano at the age of four. Russell attended Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At this time he was already performing at Tulsa nightclubs.… Read More

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1942 Birth Born on April 2, 1942.


1958 16 Years Old Russell moved from Tulsa to Los Angeles in 1958. where, as a first-call studio musician, he played on many of the most popular songs of the 1960s, including some by the Byrds, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Bobby "Boris" Pickett, and Herb Alpert.


1964 - 1968 4 More Events
Leon Russell and Denny Cordell created Shelter Records in 1969, a US record label. … Read More
Russell went on to organize—using many of the musicians from Delaney & Bonnie's band—and perform in the 1970 Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour. "Superstar", co-written by Russell, was sung by Rita Coolidge on that tour and album. … Read More
Russell produced some tracks for Bob Dylan in March of 1971 when Dylan was experimenting with his new sound. … Read More


1972 - 1973 4 More Events
1975 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Russell made it into the 1975 Top 40 Hits with Lady Blue on his Will O' the Wisp album. … Read More
In 1976 Russell was Grammy Award nomination for Song of the Year in 1977.
1977 35 Years Old In 1977 Benson's version of Russell's This Masquerade won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year. … Read More
After touring with Willie Nelson, Russell and Willie had a number-one hit on the 1979 Billboards country music chart with their duet of "Heartbreak Hotel".


1989 47 Years Old Leon released a self-titled album Leon Russell in 1989 on DCC Compact Classics. … Read More


1995 53 Years Old 1 More Event
Russel starts Leon Russell Records, an independent record label in 1995.
1998 56 Years Old Returning to his county artist name on Ark 21 Records, released in 1998. … Read More
Signature Songs was released in 2001 on Leon Russell Records. … Read More


2002 60 Years Old Moonlight & Love Songs was released on Leon Russell Records in 2002, an album of Russell's standards.
Angel in Disguise released by Leon Russell Records in 2007, Russell at age 65 made this new Okie rock album.
In Your Dreams was released on CD on Leon Russell Records in 2008.
2009 67 Years Old After a number of years of reduced prominence, Russell's career was rejuvenated when Elton John sought him out for a new project. In November 2009, Russell worked together with John and Bernie Taupin on The Union, a double album record credited equally to both Russell and John. … Read More
2010 68 Years Old 1 More Event
The recordings were interrupted in January 2010 by a health scare: Russell was hospitalized and underwent surgery for a brain fluid leak, as well as treatment for heart failure and pneumonia. … Read More
2011 69 Years Old In 2011 the The Union film was released, a documentary film by Cameron Crowe exploring the creative process of musician Elton John and Leon Russell in the making of 2010 album The Union. … Read More
On March 16, 2015, a restored version of the previously unreleased 1974 documentary about Russell, A Poem Is A Naked Person, by filmmaker Les Blank, was screened publicly at the South by Southwest Film Festival. … Read More
2016 74 Years Old Russell extended a nationwide concert tour to enthusiastic crowds from 2016 and scheduled into 2017. … Read More
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