Knowledge Identifier: +Leon_Russell
Born in 1942.
Countries: United States (75%), United Kingdom (13%), Tennessee (4%)
Linked to: Billboard, Recording Industry Association of America, British Phonographic Industry, Capitol Records
After moving to Los Angeles, he became a session musician, working as a pianist on the recordings of many notable musical artists from the 1960s
He played xylophone and bells on the 1966 single "The Joker Went Wild", sung by Brian Hyland and penned by Bobby Russell
He worked sessions with Dorsey Burnette and Glen Campbell on Campbell's 1967 album "Gentle on My Mind", where he was credited as "Russell Bridges" on piano.
Also in 1970, Russell played piano on Dave Mason's album, "Alone Together", most notably on the song "Sad and Deep as You"
John McFee - In 1970, Pamela joined the famed "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" tour with Joe Cocker and Leon Russell, appearing on the resulting album as well as in the movie of the same name, and her songs have been recorded by the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Helen Reddy, The Byrds, Vicki Carr, Nancy Ames, Anita Carter and Bobby Bare
Don Ellis - In June 1970, the Orchestra performed for three nights at Bill Graham's Fillmore West auditorium, opening for the Quicksilver Messenger Service and Leon Russell.
The Temptations - Bowen's first LP with the Temptations was January 1975's "A Song for You", which included a cover of the titular Leon Russell tune , along with the pop Top 40/R&B number-one hits "Happy People" and "Shakey Ground"
In 1979, Russell and Willie Nelson had a number-one hit on the "Billboard" country music chart with their duet of "Heartbreak Hotel"
Heartbreak Hotel - Willie Nelson and Leon Russell had a number one cover version in 1979 on the country charts, it was Russell's only number one hit on the charts
Bruce Hornsby - During the late 1980s and early 1990s Hornsby worked extensively as a producer and sideman, notably producing a comeback album for Leon Russell, an idol of Hornsby's
Earl Scruggs - In 2002 Scruggs won a second Grammy *award for the 2001 recording of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown", which featured artists such as Steve Martin on 2nd banjo solo , Vince Gill and Albert Lee on electric guitar solos, Paul Shaffer on piano, Leon Russell on organ, and Marty Stuart on mandolin
Steve Ripley - In 2002 he created his own record label to produce artists including The Tractors, Leon Russell and The Red Dirt Rangers
Mel McDaniel - McDaniel was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2006, along with induction classmate Leon Russell
In November 2009, Russell worked together with John and Bernie Taupin on "The Union", a double album record credited equally to both Russell and John
Bernie Taupin - Taupin and John composed several songs for "The Union", a collaboration album between Elton and his longtime hero Leon Russell released in October 2010
Russell was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, March 14, 2011, at a black-tie dinner at The Waldorf-Astoria hotel in Manhattan
On March 16, 2015, a restored version of the previously unreleased 1974 documentary about Russell, "A Poem Is A Naked Person", by filmmaker Les Blank, was screened publicly at the South by Southwest Film Festival