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Leon Russell

Leon Russell

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Status: Deceased
Origin: Los Angeles, California
Current Home: Nashville, Tennessee
Genre: PopCountryRockFolkGospelBluegrassRhythm and BluesFolk RockBlues RockSwamp RockSurfStandardsTulsa Sound
Years Active: 1970-2016
Labels: ParadiseShelterLeon Russell
Website: leonrussellrecords.com
Associated Acts: Asylum ChoirThe FencemenJohnny Williams and the StarlightersJunior Markham and the Tulsa ReviewLeon & Mary Russell • Delaney & Bonnie and Friends
Other Names:


Current Members:
Former Members:
Live Members:
Former Live Members:
  • Beau Charron — Guitar, Pedal Steel, Mandolin, Keyboard
  • Chris Simmons — Guitar
  • Jackie Wessel — Bass
  • Brian Lee — Piano
  • Grant Whitman — Drums



Leon Russell, born Claude Russell Bridges, was a solo artist who was born in Lawton, Oklahoma and began his music career in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was involved with numerous bestselling pop music records during his 60-year career. His genres included pop, country, rock, folk, gospel, bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk rock, blues rock, surf, standards, and Tulsa Sound.

1956—1971: Beginnings & "Leon Russell"[edit]

As a pianist, he played in his early years on albums by The Beach Boys, Dick Dale and Jan and Dean. On his first album, Leon Russell, in 1970, the musicians included Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison.

Russell produced and played in recording sessions for, among others Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Ike & Tina Turner, and The Rolling Stones. 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 Clapton, for which he earned a Grammy Award.

2010: "The Union"[edit]

One of his biggest early fans, Elton John, said Russell was a "mentor" and an "inspiration". They recorded their album The Union in 2010, which earned them a Grammy nomination.


His collaborations rank as some of the most successful in music history and, as a touring musician, he performed with hundreds of notable artists. He recorded 33 albums and at least 430 songs. He wrote "Delta Lady", recorded by Joe Cocker, and organized and performed with Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour in 1970. His "A Song for You", added to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2018, has been recorded by more than 200 artists, and his "This Masquerade" by more than 75.

His recordings earned six gold records. He received two Grammy awards from seven nominations. In 2011, he was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.



Studio Albums: 29
Live Albums: 10
Remix Albums:
Compilations: 10
Other Appearances:


Studio Albums[edit]

Live Albums[edit]

Compilation Albums[edit]

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