Tracklist Sorted by: Running order Running order Most popular. Buy Loading. More Love this track. Play album Buy Loading. Scrobble Stats? What is scrobbling? Artist images 5 more. Leon Russell , listeners Related Tags classic rock singer-songwriter blues Leon Russell Claude Russell Bridges, April 2, - November 13, was an American musician and songwriter, who has recorded as a session musician, sideman, and maintained a solo career in music.
Russell and Gates played and recorded together as the Fencement. Another student at Will Rogers during this time was Elvin Bis… read more. Leon Russell Claude Russell Bridges, April 2, - November 13, was an American musician and songwriter, who has recorded as a session musician, sideman, and maintained a solo care… read more.
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Cajun Love Song 6. Roller Derby 7. Carney 8. Acid Annapolis 9. If The Shoe Fits My Cricket This Masquerade Magic Mirror. Leon Russell's third album marked a change in direction. His first two releases were a sort of high-spirited revue, with numerous players and gospel-influenced backup singers. Some of Russell's most loved songs made their first appearance here, including the often-covered "Tight Rope" and "This Masquerade.
The gorgeous songs and subtle arrangements make for a wonderfully sustained album experience. His recordings earned six gold records. He received two Grammy awards from seven nominations. Russell was born in Lawton, Oklahoma ,  and began playing the piano at the age of four.
Russell and Gates played and recorded together as the Fencemen. During this time, Russell was already performing at Tulsa nightclubs. He took the name Leon from a friend who lent him a fake ID to get into clubs he was legally too young to perform in.
After moving to Los Angeles in , Russell became a session musician , working as a pianist on the recordings of many notable s musical artists. By the late s, he had diversified, becoming successful as an arranger  and songwriter. By , he had become a solo recording artist, but he never relinquished his other roles in the music industry.
Leon was a multi-instrumentalist playing: piano, keyboards, bass guitar, guitar, and baritone horn. Leon Russell  . Russell re-emerged in when Elton John called on him to record the album that became The Union. The album, which included contributions from Brian Wilson and Neil Young ,  brought renewed popularity to Russell, who later released a solo album and toured around the world.
According to his wife, Jan Bridges, Russell died quietly in his sleep at his suburban Nashville home on the morning of November 13, , at the age of He had hoped to return to his concert schedule in January Russell began his musical career at the age of 14, in , in the nightclubs of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He and his group, the Starlighters, which included J. After settling in Los Angeles in , he studied guitar with James Burton. He was known mostly as a session musician early in his career.
As Russell developed his solo artist career he crossed genres to include rock and roll , blues , bluegrass and gospel music. Cale, B. He can be seen in the concert film T. Show playing piano with The Wrecking Crew an informal name for the top Los Angeles session musicians of the s , sporting short, dark, slicked-back hair, in contrast to his later look. In the mids, he wrote or co-wrote songs, including two hits for Gary Lewis and the Playboys: " Everybody Loves a Clown " which reached the Billboard Top 40 on October 9, , remaining on the chart for eight weeks and reaching number 4 and " She's Just My Style " which entered the Billboard Top 40 on December 18, , and rose to number 3.
He also contributed to recording sessions with Dorsey Burnette and with Glen Campbell, whose album Gentle on My Mind credited him as "Russell Bridges" on piano,  and arranged and conducted the easy listening album Rhapsodies for Young Lovers by the Midnight String Quartet. Russell and Denny Cordell established Shelter Records in The company operated from to , with offices in Los Angeles and Tulsa.
Through this group, he met George Harrison and others with whom he would work over the next couple of years. Russell's first commercial success as a songwriter came when Joe Cocker recorded the song "Delta Lady" for his album, Joe Cocker! Both The Carpenters and The Temptations named an album after the song. Those performances have been bootlegged.
Russell produced some tracks for Bob Dylan in March when Dylan was experimenting with his new sound. At the invitation of George Harrison, Russell played piano on Badfinger 's third album, Straight Up in the summer of Leon performed piano, vocals, bass and backing vocals at the Concert on 1 August The Concert for Bangladesh album released in was a major critical and commercial success.
The album topped albums charts in several countries and went on to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in March The Concert also became an Apple concert film directed by Saul Swimmer. In the same year, Russell played on recording sessions with B. King, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan. Russell helped the blues guitarist Freddie King revive his career by collaborating on three of King's albums for Shelter Records during the early s.
During those same years, Russell profited from what was then called the "country and western" market by recording and performing under the moniker "Hank Wilson",  and was a regular performer at Gilley's Club , a honkytonk in Pasadena, Texas made famous by the film Urban Cowboy. The recording was made during the recording sessions for the album Leon Russell released in , for which Starr and Wyman played drums and bass on some tracks, but was not included on the album.
Russell and his band hit the road in with a large-scale concert tour by Russell and his "Shelter People" entourage. A live performance was recorded in California at the Long Beach Arena on August 28, ,  and was released as a three-record set in as Leon Live. It became his third U. Also in , he released his Carney album, which was his third solo studio album. The album peaked at number two on the Billboard The album featured " Tight Rope " and " This Masquerade " songs released on a 45 as the A side and B side respectively , and became his second gold album.
Russell purchased multiple properties in the early s in his home state of Oklahoma, including the historic The Church Studio in located on the corner of 3rd Street and Trenton in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The church was also home to Shelter Records. Tom Petty , with his early band Mudcrutch , signed his first record deal with Shelter Records there. Looking Back was released by Russell on Olympia Records in , shortly after the success of his single "Tight Rope". It contains instrumental tracks recorded in the mids, featuring Russell playing the harpsichord.
Russell released the album Hank Wilson's Back Vol. I , which was recorded at producer Owen Bradley 's barn studio in Nashville in The album made it into the Top Thirty Hits. Russell helped the Gap Band , a trio of Tulsa brothers,  kick off their chart success in The group went on to produce several funk-disco hits. The album was recorded live at Budokan Hall, in Tokyo, on November 8, , and released in It was his fourth gold album. It was an integral part of my repertoire for nearly 30 years, and I never tired of singing it.
The Bug soundtrack was released on May 22, The song was also used in the movie The Pursuit of Happyness. Russell departed Shelter Records in to start his own record label, Paradise Records. Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson performed the song. In , Russell released his Americana album on the Warner Bros. After touring with Willie Nelson, Russell and Nelson in had a 1 hit on Billboard s country music chart with their duet of " Heartbreak Hotel ". They also released their duet country pop-rock studio album, One for the Road , that year.
It was Russell's fifth gold album. Leon built and owned Paradise Studios in Burbank, California ; the recording studio had two audio sound stages and one television production stage.
The studios complex also had a mobile audio recording bus and remote television production bus that supported the stages or could travel. Paradise Records was also headquartered at the studio. Cale , Bonnie Raitt and Leon Russell. Life and Love has country, rock blues songs that harked back to Leon's work in the early Russell spent and touring with the New Grass Revival , releasing two more albums with Paradise Records before the label folded.
II released in , Hank Wilson being Russell's self-styled country music alter-ego since the early s. Released on Leon Russell Records. Russell released a country blues album, recorded in Hendersonville, Tennessee, at his Paradise Studios, called Solid State.
Hank Wilson's Back-Pure fun and a primer of classic country songs. Steve outdid himself on these. His great mastering helped revive my interest in Leon. But those CDs will make you appreciate Steve's work more. Sneaky Pete , Aug 20, Location: Lexington, KY. Enlighten me a bit more Most of these appear plentiful on ebay, but I'm not sure if they are Hoffman masters. If it is on Right Stuff, is it likely to be a Hoffman master? Does it have to be DCC to be Steve's master?
Anyone know? TSmithPage , Aug 27, Location: Los Angeles, CA. I picked up the first Asylum Choir lp and most of it is nice pop-psych ear candy goodness. Good album. Location: Philadelphia, PA. Here's another vote for "Best of Leon". Gotta love Steve Hoffman's meticulous job of finding the best master tapes and polishing them up for our listening pleasure.39 rows · Find Leon Russell discography, albums and singles on AllMusic. Find Leon Russell .