Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges; April 2, 1942 – November 13, 2016) was an American musician and songwriter. He recorded as a session musician and sideman. He had a solo career. He had 31 albums to his credit and recorded about 430 songs.
Russell performing at a concert in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, April 2009
|Birth name||Claude Russell Bridges|
|Also known as||Hank Wilson & Leon Russell|
|Born||April 2, 1942|
Lawton, Oklahoma, United States
|Died||November 13, 2016 (aged 74) |
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
|Genres||Country, rock, folk, rhythm and blues, folk rock, blues rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, organ, guitar, bass guitar, mandolin|
|Labels||Capitol, Shelter Records, Paradise Records|
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". In 2011 he was added into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and introduced by longtime friend Elton John.
- Joe Cocker and Russell performing during the "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" tour
- "A Song for You – Leon Russell & Friends (1971)". September 23, 2009 – via YouTube.
- "Leon Russell's Induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2011". March 21, 2011 – via YouTube.
- "Leon Russell, musician known for dynamic performances, dies at 74". November 13, 2016 – via Reuters.