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Leon Russell

Leon Russell was an American musician and songwriter who was involved with numerous bestselling pop music records during his 60-year career. His genres included pop, country, rock, folk, gospel, bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk rock, blues rock, surf, standards, and Tulsa Sound. His collaborations rank as some of the most successful in music history, and as a touring musician he performed with hundreds of notable artists. He recorded 33 albums and at least 430 songs. He wrote “Delta Lady”, recorded by Joe Cocker, and organized and performed with Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour in 1970. His “A Song for You”, added to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2018, has been recorded by more than 200 artists, and his “This Masquerade” by more than 75.

As a pianist, he played in his early years on albums by The Beach Boys, Dick Dale and Jan and Dean. On his first album, Leon Russell, in 1970, the musicians included Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison. One of his biggest early fans, Elton John, said Russell was a “mentor” and an “inspiration”. They recorded their album The Union in 2010, which earned them a Grammy nomination. His recordings earned six gold records. He received two Grammy awards from seven nominations. In 2011, he was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Artist: Gary Lewis & The Playboys
Title: Everybody Loves a Clown
Album: Everybody Loves a Clown
Label: Capitol
Credit: W
Year: 1965
Artist: Gary Lewis & The Playboys
Title: She's Just My Style
Album: She's Just My Style
Label: Capitol
Credit: W
Year: 1966
Artist: Joe Cocker
Title: Delta Lady
Album: Joe Cocker!
Label: A&M
Credit: W,P
Year: 1969
Artist: Leon Russell
Title: A Song for You
Album: Leon Russell
Label: The Right Stuff
Credit: W,P
Year: 1970
Artist: Leon Russell
Title: Hummingbird
Album: Leon Russell
Label: The Right Stuff
Credit: W,P
Year: 1970
Artist: Leon Russell
Title: Roll Away the Stone
Album: Leon Russell
Label: The Right Stuff
Credit: W,P
Year: 1970
Artist: Leon Russell
Title: Dixie Lullaby
Album: Leon Russell
Label: The Right Stuff
Credit: W,P
Year: 1970
Artist: Donny Hathaway
Title: A Song For You
Album: Donny Hathaway
Label: Rhino Atlantic
Credit: W
Year: 1971
Artist: Leon Russell
Title: Home Sweet Oklahoma
Album: Leon Russell and the Shelter People
Label: The Right Stuff
Credit: W,P
Year: 1971
Artist: Leon Russell
Title: Stranger in a Strange Land
Album: Leon Russell and the Shelter People
Label: The Right Stuff
Credit: W,P
Year: 1971
Artist: Leon Russell
Title: Alcatraz
Album: Leon Russell and the Shelter People
Label: The Right Stuff
Credit: W,P
Year: 1971
Artist: Carpenters
Title: Superstars
Album: Carpenters
Label: A&M
Credit: W
Year: 1971
Artist: Leon Russell
Title: This Masquerade
Album: Carney
Label: The Right Stuff
Credit: W,P
Year: 1972
Artist: Leon Russell
Title: Tight Rope
Album: Carney
Label: The Right Stuff
Credit: W,P
Year: 1972
Artist: Leon Russell
Title: Out In The Woods
Album: Carney
Label: The Right Stuff
Credit: W,P
Year: 1972
Artist: Carpenters
Title: A Song for You
Album: A Song for You
Label: A&M
Credit: W
Year: 1972
Artist: Carpenters
Title: This Masquerade
Album: Now & Then
Label: A&M
Credit: W
Year: 1973
Artist: Leon Russell
Title: If I Were a Carpenter
Album: Stop All That Jazz
Label: The Right Stuff
Credit: P
Year: 1974
Artist: Leon Russell
Title: Lady Blue
Album: Will O' The Wisp
Label: The Right Stuff
Credit: W,P
Year: 1975
Artist: Leon Russell
Title: Back To The Island
Album: Will O' The Wisp
Label: The Right Stuff
Credit: W,P
Year: 1975
Artist: Leon & Mary Russell
Title: Rainbow In Your Eyes
Album: The Wedding Album
Label: Rhino/Warner
Credit: W
Year: 1976
Artist: George Benson
Title: This Masquerade
Album: Breezin'
Label: Rhino/Warner
Credit: W
Year: 1976
Artist: Leon Russell
Title: Anything Can Happen
Album: Anything Can Happen
Label: Virgin
Credit: W,P
Year: 1992
Artist: Whitney Houston
Title: A Song for You
Album: I Look at You
Label: Arista
Credit: W
Year: 2009
Artist: Elton John, Leon Russell
Title: If It Wasn't For Bad
Album: The Union (Deluxe)
Label: Virgin EMI
Credit: W
Year: 2010