Leon Russell, r.i.p

We lost Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges; April 2, 1942 – November 13, 2016) yesterday.  Saluting and waving goodbye to a talented and influential musician, composer & producer who helped shape an era in rock and popular music.

Here is a clip from the documentary The Wrecking Crew in which Leon’s early days as a session player are remembered:

Leon as part of the Mad Dogs and Englishmen band, 1969 -70

An excerpt from the Homewood Sessions, 1971

Leon & Elton John, performing a song from their album, The Union Pt2, 2012

According to a statement on his website, Leon died in his sleep at his Nashville home November 13, 2016, at the age of 74.  He was convalescing from heart surgery in July.

 

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