Leon Russell Tickets
Leon Russell (born April 2, 1942
in Lawton, Oklahoma) is a singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist.
Known mostly as a session musician, Leon Russell has played
with artists as varied as Jerry Lee Lewis and The Rolling Stones. With a solo career spanning the
genres of rock, blues and gospel, Leon Russell began his
musical career at 14, lying about his age to land a gig playing
backup at a Tulsa nightclub.
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After becoming a part of Phil Spector's studio group, Leon Russell played backup on many of the most popular hits of the 1960s, including The Byrds, Gary Lewis and the Playboys and Herb Alpert. He also served as Snuff Garrett's assistant on numerous productions. Leon Russell built his own recording studio in 1967, and recorded his first LP, Look Inside the Asylum Choir, in a collaboration with Marc Benno.
Leon Russell's first songwriting hit was Joe Cocker's 1970 cover of "Delta Lady", and he went on to organise Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour. Shortly thereafter, Leon Russell released another solo album, Leon Russell, which included the popular "A Song for You".
In 1971, Leon Russell appeared at George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh, after recording sessions with B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan. He went on to tour with the Rolling Stones, but afterwards focused increasingly on his solo career, releasing his album Carny in 1972, which reached #2 on the charts. Leon Russell's 1975 album Will O'the Wisp was fairly commercially successful, as was its single "Lady Blue".
Leon Russell has continued to record throughout the years and is still regularly tours.