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About Leon Russell
Leon Russell is a well-famous musician who established a strong presence in the music scene. He was versatile and was known for his works in numerous music genres including country, gospel, rock and roll, and many more.
In addition to that, Russell could play a number of musical instruments. During the onset of his career, he played as a pianist for the likes of Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys. He was also noted for his abilities in playing the bass guitar and the baritone horn.
Many fans may consider his 1970 song "A Song for You" as one of his biggest hits. Aside from that, he is also noted for many other big hits including his debut single "Tight Rope", which he released in 1972. In 1975 he dropped another hit titled "Lady Blue".
Russell had one of the longest careers in the music industry, spanning more than six decades. During that period he released many outstanding works. He also collaborated with other notable artists including English music legend Elton John. The two worked together on the collaboration album “The Union”, which was released in 2010.
He released his first studio project in 1970 titled “Leon Russell”. On this project, he featured the likes of George Harrison and Eric Clapton.
In 2011 Russell became an inductee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He is also an inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
His illustrious career in music earned him several accolades including multiple Grammy nominations and awards.
He was first married to Mary McCreary, with whom he fathered a daughter and a son. He later married Janet Constantine, a marriage which produced three children.
Before he married his first wife, he dated Carla McHenry and had a daughter with her.
Death & Illnesses
Prior to his death in November 2016, Russell had been battling a few health problems. He had a heart attack in 2016. Prior to that, he underwent a surgery in 2010.
He had his own record label named Leon Russell Records. He also founded Shelter Records together with Denny Cordell. However, at various stages in his career he was signed by record labels such as Capitol Records and Virgin Records.
By the age of four, Russell had started playing the piano. And by age fourteen he had begun his career in music. He started performing in nightclubs and soon formed the collective known as the Starlighters, alongside J. J. Cale and others.
He is often considered as one of the musicians to have pioneered the music genre known as Tulsa Sound. Eric Clapton, J. J. Cale, and Gus Hardin are some of the other artists who are also considered as the pioneers of the said musical genre.
His style of music has influenced many big artists. Some of them include Black Francis and Elton John.
He was a product of Will Rogers High School.
Outside of music he was officially called Claude Russell Bridges.
He was nicknamed “Master of Space and Time”.
Leon Russell Rank
F.A.Q. about Leon Russell
When is his birthday?
Leon Russell's birthday is on April 2, 1942.
In how many days is his birthday?
Leon's birthday is in 231 days
How old was Leon when he died?
He was 74 years old.
When did he die?
He died in November 13, 2016.
How old would he be today?
Leon Russell would be 80 years old if he was alive today.
Where was Leon from?
He was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, U.S..