Leon Russell

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Legal name: Russell Bridges


Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges; April 2, 1942 – November 13, 2016) was an American musician and songwriter who was involved with numerous bestselling pop music records over the course of his 60-year career. His genres included pop, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, standards, gospel and surf records. He was awarded six gold records.

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" has been recorded by more than 200 artists, and his "This Masquerade" by more than 75.

As a pianist, he played in his early years on albums by the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean. On his first album, Leon Russell, in 1970, the musicians included Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. One of his biggest early fans, Elton John said Russell was a "mentor" and "inspiration". They recorded their album The Union in 2010, which earned them a Grammy nomination.

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". He performed at the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971 along with Harrison, Dylan and Eric Clapton. In 2011, he was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Leon Russell Leon Russell 11
1971 Asylum Choir II Leon Russell & Marc Benno 3
1971 Leon Russell and the Shelter People Leon Russell 4
1972 Carney Leon Russell 3
1973 Hank Wilson’s Back Leon Russell 3
1974 Stop All That Jazz Leon Russell 2
1975 Will o’ the Wisp Leon Russell 3
1976 Wedding Album Leon Russell 2
1979 Life and Love Leon Russell 1
1997 Retrospective Leon Russell 1
1999 Face in the Crowd Leon Russell 1
2001 Guitar Blues Leon Russell 1
2001 Rhythm & Bluegrass: Hank Wilson, Volume 4 Leon Russell 1
2007 Angel In Disguise Leon Russell 1
2010 The Union Elton John & Leon Russell 7
2013 Snapshot Leon Russell 1
2014 Life Journey Leon Russell 2
2014 One For The Road Willie Nelson & Leon Russell 1
Anything Can Happen Leon Russell 1
Legend in My Time: Hank Wilson, Volume III Leon Russell 1
Leon Live Leon Russell 1
Leon Live Leon Russell 1
One for the Road Willie Nelson & Leon Russell 1
Signature Songs Leon Russell 1
Solid State Leon Russell 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Best of Leon Russell Leon Russell 1
1984 Hank Wilson, Vol. 2 Leon Russell 1
1991 Delta Lady Leon Russell 1
1996 Gimme Shelter: The Best of Leon Russell Leon Russell 1
2001 The Best Of Leon Russell 1
2009 Best of Hank Wilson Leon Russell 1
2011 The Best of Leon Russell Leon Russell 1
Looking Back Leon Russell 1
The Best of Leon Russell Leon Russell 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Leon Live Leon Russell 2
The Live Album Leon Russell 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Tight Rope / This Masquerade Leon Russell 1

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