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Leon Russell is a legendary musician, songwriter, arranger, and producer from Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He has been performing his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for over 50 years. 

Leon’s songwriting credits include A Song For You, This Masquerade, Delta Lady, Hummingbird Rainbow In Your Eyes, Lady Blue, Back To The Island. Tight Rope, Bluebird, Magic Mirror, Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms,  Ballad Of A Soldier, One More Love Song, Stranger In A Strange Land co-written with Don Preston, Superstar co-written with Bonnie Bramlett, and Shootout On The Plantation and Roll Away The Stone both co-written with Greg Dempsey.

After graduating from high school in 1959, Leon left Tulsa for Los Angeles where he became a highly sought session musician, arranger and producer in the 1960’s.  He played on hit records by The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass, The Monkees, The Ronettes and many others.  He played on and arranged the number one hit, This Diamond Ring, for Gary Lewis and The Playboys in 1965 and co-wrote Everybody Loves A Clown and She’s Just My Style.

Joe Cocker had a hit with Delta Lady in 1969 from his second album, “Joe Cocker!”, which Leon also co-produced and arranged. Leon’s standard A Song For You along with Hummingbird, and Delta Lady were from his 1970 album, “Leon Russell”, which was released on Shelter Records which he founded with partner Denny Cordell.  A Song For You is a classic and has been recorded by dozens of artists including Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, Michael Buble, Willie Nelson, Natalie Cole, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilrera, Neil Diamond, and Simply Red.

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