Leon Russell, Legendary Musician And Songwriter, Dead At 74
Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:43:08
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Legendary musician and songwriter Leon Russell has died at the age of 74. He was a longtime collaborator of Elton John, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones. He passed away in his Nashville home on November 13th.
Leon's wife, Jan Bridges, released a statement saying on his official website saying, "We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this very, very difficult time. My husband passed in his sleep in our Nashville home. He was recovering from heart surgery in July and looked forward to getting back on the road in January. We appreciate everyone's love and support." The statement adds, "Known as "The Master Of Space And Time," Leon was a legendary musician and songwriter originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma who performed his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for more than 50 years."
Born Claude Russell Bridges, he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17 where he became a highly valued sessions musician working with the Byrds and Bobby "Boris" Pickett. He released his first solo material, "Everybody's Talking 'Bout the Young", in 1965, and his debut album, Leon Russell. During the 1970s, Russell worked alongside heralded musicians such as Bob Dylan, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, and Willie Nelson. In 2010, he worked with Elton John, T-Bone Burnett and lyricist Bernie Taupin on The Union, which led to a worldwide tour and a documentary by Cameron Crowe. He was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2011.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff