Leon Russell
American musician
Leon Russell
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.
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Groovin' with saxophonist Michael Blake's "Red Hook Soul"
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I have followed the career of the Canadian saxophonist Michael Blake ever since I first heard him on the 1998 album Slow Poke at Home, a brilliant, raw and bare bones record made in the basement of bassist Tony Scherr's home, with the slide guitar virtuoso Dave Tronzo and the drummer Kenny Wollesen. I continued tracing his path with the bassist Ben Allison on the fine album Man Sized Safe from 2008.This originally Montreal born, Vancouver based musician calls New York his home since 1986. He was a member of John Lurie's ground breaking Lounge Lizards in the mid to late nineties. He and cohort trumpeter Steven Bernstein, also a Lurie alumnus, were members of Blake's progressive group Hellbent, where Tuba, trumpet, violin and saxophone created some very eclectic music. As with any creative artist, Blake's musical vision has constantly shifted as his muse takes him, often into unknown territory. In the early 2000's he and his Danish cohorts offered his Blake Tartare with a foot ...
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Easy Listener: Barbara Carroll, Jay Leonhart, Barb Jungr, John McDaniel, Gabrielle Stravelli, Michael Kanan, Cheyenne Jackson Make Great Music on New CDs
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When it comes to gift giving, is there anything better than music? Not much. So for anyone looking around for music to delight potential giftees, here are four new CDs that would make any stocking proud: Barbara Carroll Plays at Birdland - Barbara Carroll with Jay Leonhart (Birdland): At 93, the classiest femme musician in New York City has been playing local and other keyboards since 1947. If you can't do the math, that's coming up on 70 years. The incredible aspect of the astonishing fact is that she gets better and better. Hard to believe? Just listen to this new live recording with now longtime collaborator bassist Leonhart (no, not 70 years, too). Part of what makes Carroll so skilled at jazz is her early classical training. She swings but with that extra-special grounding. The popular composers she shows off here include Harold Arlen, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington (in a 10-minute-plus medley), Jerome Kern, Michel Legrand, George Gershwin and John Green (that's Johnny ...
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Leon Russell, member of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, dies at 74
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Leon Russell, who emerged as a rock 'n' roll star in the 1970s after working behind the scenes as a session pianist for other musicians, died Sunday in Nashville, his wife Janet Bridges told CNN. He was 74.
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Leon Russell, From Rising to Resurgent
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Six performances, including a festive 1970 jam session, recall several aspects of the musician’s career.
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Leon Russell, Hit Maker and Musicians’ Musician, Dies at 74
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Mr. Russell went from being one of the top studio musicians in Los Angeles to a celebrated songwriter for himself and other acts.
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Rock 'n' roll star Leon Russell dies
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Leon Russell, who emerged as a rock 'n' roll star in the 1970s after working behind the scenes as a session pianist for other musicians, died Sunday in Nashville, his wife Janet Bridges told CNN. He was 74.
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Musicians' Musician, Rocker Leon Russell, Dies At 74
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Tributes pour in for the singer-songwriter, who died in his sleep in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Remembering the Carpenters</em>: A My Music</em> Presentation and Paul Williams Interview, Plus a Christmas Chat with Plácido Domingo
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MY MUSIC PRESENTS CLOSE TO YOU: REMEMBERING THE CARPENTERS The TV presentation and DVD Close To You: Remembering the Carpenters is a poignant musical portrait of Richard Carpenter and his late sister Karen that airs on Public Television stations nationwide this Saturday, December 5th, with encore telecasts throughout the month. According to TJL Productions, Close To You..., which originally aired in 1997, returns by popular demand as part of TJL's long-running My Music series of fund-raising specials. Richard Carpenter guides viewers through the remarkable career that he and his sister enjoyed, starting in the late 1960s through Karen's passing in 1983. Friends and colleagues such as A&amp;M Records founder Herb Alpert, composers Burt Bacharach and Paul Williams, band members and fellow singing legend Petula Clark share their memories of the brother-sister duo that would become Billboard's most successful American single record artist of the 1970s. TJL chief TJ Lubinsky, wo ...
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Chats With Lynyrd Skynyrd's Johnny Van Zant, Pentatonix's Avi Kaplan, Ben Rector and Widespread Panic's John Bell, Plus We/Or/Me and HPnB/Dan Zanes Exclusives
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A Conversation with Lynyrd Skynyrd's Johnny Van Zant Mike Ragogna: Johnny, the new one is titled Lynyrd Skynyrd Live In Jacksonville. Using the old term f there's really such thing as a blast from the past, this would be it, right? Johnny Van Zant: Yeah, you know, it was something that we talked about doing for a while. Actually we had the thought a few years ago but it just never panned out. This year it worked for us. We did it in a really cool place down here, an old theater that's been here for years called the Florida Theatre, it holds about eighteen or nineteen hundred people. We did it over a period of two nights and it was a great time. We went back and tried to have as much fun doing it and doing it in the same order as it was on the record, which was really cool because "Sweet Home" starts out Second Helping. [laughs] For that particular part of the show it was like, "Okay, we're starting the show with 'Sweet Home Alabama' which we never do," so it was a hoot. Then w ...
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Eleven Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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We serve the singer, the song, the soloist, and ultimately the listener. Though we do not possess the harmonic nor sonic range of a guitar, keyboards, voice, horns, wind instruments, nor the dynamics of drums and percussion-the bass player determines how a musical chord actually sounds - which, in essence -often determines whether or not you'll like the track. Do the math! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have been announced and I congratulate all the artists: The Cars, Chic, Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Janet Jackson, The J.B.'s, Chaka Khan, Los Lobos, Steve Miller, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., The Smiths, The Spinners, and Yes. Since the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation began in 1983 there has been much controversy over who belongs and who does not. It's no different than sports Halls of Fame. Controversy, dispute, and rock 'n' roll are siblings, and I accept that. However I must stand up for my woefully neglected bass brethren, some of whom no longer lay down ...
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Dog Ears Music: Volume 300 Deserves to Be Heard
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Joe MeekProducer, engineer, composer, and eccentric sound innovator Joe Meek was born in 1929 in South West England. His childhood was fraught, with his mum raising him as a girl until the age of 4, setting the stage for a lifelong identity crisis. By the age of 7, he fell in love with his first gramophone and became an eminent tinkerer, burrowing into the safety of sound. Working out of a gadget-packed home studio and using a raft of newfangled recording techniques, Meek produced and wrote the U.S. No. 1 hit "Telstar" for British pop band The Tornados in 1962. He continued to push the technological envelope with tracks for Les Paul and Mary Ford, David Bowie, Tom Jones, The Honeycombs, Screaming Lord Sutch, actor/singer John Leyton, Heinz, Glenda Collins, and Ritchie Blackmore, among many others. Emotional and financial turmoil, including an obsession with the occult and drug abuse, pushed Meek beyond the edge in 1967, when he killed his landlady and then himself at ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Leon Russell
  • 2016
    Age 73
    Russell extended a nationwide concert tour to enthusiastic crowds from 2016 and scheduled into 2017.
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  • 2015
    Age 72
    On September 11, 2015, Russell joined alumni, Rita Coolidge, Claudia Lennear, Chris Stainton and other members of the 1970 Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour for a special tribute concert to Joe Cocker organized by the Tedeschi Trucks Band.
    More Details Hide Details Original tour photographer, Linda Wolf documented the reunion and performance. A full documentary of the reunion and performance will be released early 2016, directed by Jesse Lauter and Jojo Pennebaker, son of D.A. Pennebaker.
    At the Lockn' Festival in 2015, Russell played at the Wildflower!
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The film features concert footage of Russell in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Anaheim, California, and footage of the recording sessions for the album Hank Wilson's Back.
  • 2011
    Age 68
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Russell's current band line-up includes long-time bass player Jackie Wessel, Brandon Holder on drums, multi-instrumentalist Beau Charron, and grandson Payton Goodner on percussion. In 2014 Life Journey was released on Universal Records. Working with Tommy LiPuma Russell made a new album with two new songs "Big Lips" and "Down in Dixieland,".
  • 2010
    Age 67
    A couple of months later, Russell announced plans for a solo LP, although no specifics were given, and in October 2010 Russell and John embarked on the Union Tour.
    More Details Hide Details Elton John and Leon Russell also appeared on The David Letterman Show.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On April 2, 2011, Russell and John performed together as the musical guests on Saturday Night Live. Rolling Stone placed the album in third place on its list of the 30 Best Albums of 2010.
  • 2009
    Age 66
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Recorded in February 2010 and produced by T-Bone Burnett, the CD was released on October 19, 2010. The Union was Leon's 6th Gold album.
  • 2008
    Age 65
    Almost Piano is released in 2008 by Leon Russell Records.
    More Details Hide Details It is a synthesizer piano collection of ten instrumentals from Leon Russell.
    Bad Country released on Leon Russell Records in 2008, with 12 original songs by Russell.
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    In Your Dreams was released on CD on Leon Russell Records in 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 64
    Russell played at Diversafest, Tulsa's Music Conference and Festival in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details From 2002 to 2010, Dfest was an annual live event that showcased independent and emerging artists and hosted educational music industry panels and a tradeshow. Over its last four years, Dfest was held in the historic Blue Dome District of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
    A new CD released in 2007 Crazy Love album on Leon Russell Records, a Rock album.
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    Angel in Disguise released by Leon Russell Records in 2007, Russell at age 65 made this new Okie rock album.
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  • 2002
    Age 59
    Moonlight & Love Songs was released on Leon Russell Records in 2002, an album of Russell's standards.
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  • 2001
    Age 58
    Leon returned as Hank Wilson but this time with a twist of bluegrass in Rhythm & Bluegrass: Hank Wilson, Vol. 4, released in 2001 on Leon Russell Records.
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    Guitar Blues was released on Leon Russell Records in 2001, Russell back with the New Grass Revival.
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    Signature Songs was released in 2001 on Leon Russell Records.
    More Details Hide Details It was re-released in 2007 by MRI Associated Labels.
  • 1998
    Age 55
    Returning to his county artist name on Ark 21 Records, released in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Leon released a new album Face in the Crowd, in 1999, a blues album on Sagestone Entertainment Records. Blues: Same Old Song CD was released on Paradise Records in 1999. Leon and Q Records released in 2000 Live at Gilley's, a performance from September 17, 1981.
  • 1995
    Age 52
    Leon released his Hymns of Christmas, album with 10 instrumentals Hymns by Leon on Leon Russell Records in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Capitol/EMI Records released the album Gimme Shelter! The Best of Leon Russell, a two CD album set with 40-tracks covering 1969 to 1992, in 1996. Capitol/Right Stuff Records released in 1997 the album Retrospective, an album with Leon's 18 all-time best-selling songs. Leon released a new album Hank Wilson, Vol. 3: Legend in My Time.
    Russel starts Leon Russell Records, an independent record label in 1995.
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  • 1989
    Age 46
    Leon released a self-titled album Leon Russell in 1989 on DCC Compact Classics.
    More Details Hide Details Leon released Delta Lady on Del Rack Records in 1991. Many of the songs are remixes of early recording. Leon released a new album Anything Can Happen recorded at Paradise Studios, released on Virgin Records in 1991. Pianist Bruce Hornsby produced this comeback album. During the late 1980s and early 1990s Hornsby worked extensively as a producer and sideman with Leon. in 1993, Paradise Records released the LEON RUSSELL 24K GOLD DISC album. It was a remix of recordings done at Olympic Sound in London in 1969.
  • 1980
    Age 37
    Russell spent the next two years touring with the New Grass Revival, and released two more albums with Paradise Records before the label folded. On May 15, 1980 Russell joined with New Grass Revival to record a live album at Perkins Palace in Pasadena, California, the album was released in 1981 as Leon Russell & New Grass Revival – The Live Album.
    More Details Hide Details Leon played piano on New Grass Revival's Commonwealth album released in 1981. Following up on his country theme, he made a second Hank Wilson album, Hank Wilson Vol. II released in 1984. Hank Wilson being Leon's self-styled country music alter-ego since the early 70's. Released on Leon Russell Records. Leon released a country blues album, recorded in Hendersonville, Tennessee at his Paradise Studios, called Solid State. Released by Paradise Music in 1984.
  • 1979
    Age 36
    Leon Russell released Life And Love a LP Album on Paradise Records in 1979.
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    Willie and Russell released their joint duet studio country pop-rock album,One for the Road in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details One for the Road was his 5th Gold album.
    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".
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  • 1977
    Age 34
    In 1977 Benson's version of Russell's This Masquerade won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details Leon Russell's version is part of the soundtrack for the Exorcist director William Friedkin's psychological thriller film Bug. The Bug Soundtrack was released on May 22, 2007. It also appeared in the movie The Pursuit of Happyness.
  • 1976
    Age 33
    Leon and his then-wife Mary Russell were musical guests on the May 15, 1976, episode of Saturday Night Live in its first season, hosted by Dyan Cannon.
    More Details Hide Details Russell release his Americana album, the title is credited to the mix influences that made Russell’s unique Music. Released by Rhino / Warner Bros in 1978.
    Russell played in Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic in Gonzales, Texas, he first played at the picnic in 1976 and came back a number years there after.
    More Details Hide Details Russell released the Wedding Album a studio album with his then wife, Mary Russell, otherwise known as Mary McCreary. It was distributed and released by Warner Bros. Records in 1976. Leon and Mary Russell as producers of the album, with the exception of the final track, "Daylight", which was produced by its writer, Bobby Womack. The Wedding Album was Paradise Records' first Album.
    Russell departed Shelter Records to start his own Record label, Paradise Records in 1976.
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    In 1976 Russell was Grammy Award nomination for Song of the Year in 1977.
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  • 1975
    Age 32
    Helen Reddy sang Russell's Bluebird song as a single and on her No Way to Treat a Lady album released in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details The song debuted on Billboards Hot 100 in the issue of the magazine dated July 5, and reached number 35 over the course of six weeks there. That same issue also marked its debut on the magazine's Easy Listening chart, where it spent eight weeks and peaked at number five, and on the RPM singles chart it got as high as number 51. Reddy comments on the tune, "I love Leon Russell's writing and I love this song. It was an integral part of my repertoire for nearly 30 years, and I never tired of singing it." Russell's song, This Masquerade, the B-side of his 1972 hit single Tight Rope, went on to be recorded by numerous artists, including Helen Reddy and The Carpenters. George Benson's version of the song reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
    Russell made it into the 1975 Top 40 Hits with Lady Blue on his Will O' the Wisp album.
    More Details Hide Details Will O' the Wisp was his fourth Gold album.
  • 1973
    Age 30
    Russell released Hank Wilson's Back! (Vol. 1), The album was recorded at the producer, Owen Bradley’s, barn studio in Nashville in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details The album made it into the Top Thirty Hits. Track one, Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms, was minor hit. Leon helped the group the Gap Band, a trio of Tulsa brothers, kick off their chart success in 1974. The group went on to produce several funk-disco hits. The Gap Band backed Leon on his Stop All That Jazz album. Russell released Live In Japan on Shelter Records. The album was recorded live at Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan on November 8, 1973 and released in 1975.
    Looking Back was released by Russell on Olympia Records in 1973, shortly after the success of his single "Tightrope." it contains instrumental tracks that were recorded in the mid-1960s, featuring Russell on harpsichord.
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  • 1972
    Age 29
    In November 1972, Billboard cited Russell as a top concert draw and reported the '72 tour gross at almost $3 million.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he released his Carney album, which was Leon's third solo studio album. The album peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200. The album featured Tight Rope and This Masquerade, and it was his second Gold album. Leon released Leon Live album, it charted and was his third US Gold album. The album was recorded live at Long Beach Arena, August 28, 1972, a three LP release.
    Russell and his band hit the road in 1972 with a large-scale concert tour by Russell and his "Shelter People" entourage.
    More Details Hide Details A live performance was recorded in California at the Long Beach Arena on August 28, 1972, and was released as the Leon Live album in 1973.
  • 1971
    Age 28
    Russell was very busy in 1971 as Shelter Records released Leon Russell and the Shelter People and Asylum Choir II (which was co-produced by Marc Benno) and recorded at Russell’s Skyhill Studios.
    More Details Hide Details Leon Russell and the Shelter People went on to be Leon's first US Gold album. That same year, Russell played on recording sessions with B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan. Russell helped blues guitarist Freddie King to revive his career by collaborating with him on three of his albums for Shelter Records during the early 1970s. During those same years, Russell helped himself to a nice share of what was then called the "County and Western" market, recording and performing under the moniker Hank Wilson, and was a regular performer at Gilley's Club, the Pasadena, Texas, honkytonk made famous in Urban Cowboy. Shine a Light was a song featured on the Rolling Stones' 1972 album Exile on Main St.. A version of the song, under the title Get a Line on You, was made by Leon Russell at Olympic Studios in October 1969 with assistance from Jagger (lead vocal), Ringo Starr (drums), Leon Russell (piano), and probably also Bill Wyman (bass) and Mick Taylor (guitar). The recording was made during the recording sessions for the album Leon Russell (released 1970), where both Starr and Wyman contributed drums and bass to some of the tracks. However, the song "Get a Line on You" was not on the released album, but was shelved until 1993, when it finally surfaced as a bonus track on the 24K gold re-release by DCC Compact Classics (DCC Compact Classics GZS 1049).
    At the invitation of former Delaney & Bonnie and George Harrison, Russell played piano on Badfinger's third album, Straight Up in the summer of 1971.
    More Details Hide Details The piano part complemented Pete Ham and George Harrison's dual slide guitars on Badfinger's "Day After Day". The Straight Up sessions were interrupted when many of the musicians left for New York City to participate in the Concert For Bangladesh, at which Russell performed a medley of the songs "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Young Blood" and sang a verse on Harrison's "Beware of Darkness." Russell (on bass guitar and vocals) and Harrison (on electric guitar and vocals) also backed up Bob Dylan's set.
    Russell produced some tracks for Bob Dylan in March of 1971 when Dylan was experimenting with his new sound.
    More Details Hide Details The sessions produced the single "Watching the River Flow" and "When I Paint My Masterpiece", both of which prominently featured Russell's gospel-flavored piano.
  • 1970
    Age 27
    "Leon Russell and friends" recorded the "Homewood Sessions", broadcast as an "unscripted and unrehearsed" one-hour TV special on KCET TV (Los Angeles) that aired in December 1970 and later re-broadcast several times on the Public Broadcasting System.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1960s and early 1970s, Russell owned the Church Recording Studio on 3rd Street (renamed Leon Russell Road in 2010 by The Pearl District Association) in Tulsa. His former home on Grand Lake, Oklahoma, contained a dining room table and chairs made from church pews taken out of the church when it was turned into a studio. "Prince of Peace: Radio Broadcast 1970 album is a soundboard recording of a December 1970 Fillmore East concert.
    Also in 1970, Russell played piano on Dave Mason's album, Alone Together, most notably on the song "Sad and Deep as You".
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    During the Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour, Shelter Records released his 1970 solo album, Leon Russell, which included the first recording of "A Song for You".
    More Details Hide Details This has become one of his best-known songs, with versions released by more than 40 different artists including the Carpenters, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Willie Nelson, Helen Reddy, Whitney Houston, Elkie Brooks, Amy Winehouse, Donny Hathaway, and Christina Aguilera. Both the Carpenters and the Temptations named an album after the song.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It later proved a success for the Carpenters, Luther Vandross, Sonic Youth and other performers.
  • 1969
    Age 26
    Russell's first commercial success as a songwriter came when Joe Cocker recorded the song "Delta Lady" for his 1969 album, Joe Cocker!
    More Details Hide Details The album, co-produced and arranged by Russell, reached #11 on the Billboard 200.
    Russell played as a member of Delaney & Bonnie and Friends band in In 1969 and 1970, playing guitar and keyboards on their albums and as part of the touring band.
    More Details Hide Details Working with Delaney & Bonnie, Russell met George Harrison and others with whom he would work over the next couple of years.
    Leon Russell and Denny Cordell created Shelter Records in 1969, a US record label.
    More Details Hide Details The label operated from 1969 to 1981. The company established offices in both Los Angeles and Tulsa. Shelter Records used Sound City Studios for recording in its early days.
  • 1968
    Age 25
    The 1968 release of Look Inside the Asylum Choir, by Smash Records was a recording of a studio group made of Leon Russell and Marc Benno that made The Asylum Choir.
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  • 1967
    Age 24
    He also worked sessions with Dorsey Burnette and Glen Campbell on Campbell's 1967 album Gentle on My Mind, where he was credited as "Russell Bridges" on piano, and arranged and conducted the 1966 easy listening album Rhapsodies for Young Lovers by the Midnight String Quartet.
    More Details Hide Details Russell released "Everybody’s Talking ‘Bout the Young", in 1965. It was Russell’s first solo single on Dot Records
  • 1966
    Age 23
    He played xylophone and bells on the 1966 single The Joker Went Wild, sung by Brian Hyland and penned by Bobby Russell (no relation to Leon).
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  • 1964
    Age 21
    He can be seen in 1964's T.A.M.I. Show, playing piano with "the Wrecking Crew" (an informal name for the top L.A. session musicians of the 1960s), sporting short, dark, slicked-back hair, in contrast to his later look.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after, he was hired as Snuff Garrett's assistant/creative developer, playing on numerous #1 singles, including "This Diamond Ring" by Gary Lewis and the Playboys. He wrote or co-wrote two hit songs for Gary Lewis and Playboys: Everybody Loves a Clown (which hit the Billboard Top 40 on October 9, 1965, remaining on the chart for eight weeks and rising to number 4) and She's Just My Style (which hit Billboard′s Top 40 on December 18, 1965, and rose to number 3).
  • 1958
    Age 15
    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.
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  • 1942
    Born on April 2, 1942.
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