Musician known for dynamic performances, Leon Russell died
Leon Russel, one of the best Rock n Roll’s dramatic performer of 70’s died on Sunday after being 74 year old. He was also a song writer and played dozen of pop hits anonymously.
His wife said in a statement in his website that He died in his sleep in Nashville, Tenessee. He was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2011. “He was recovering from heart surgery in July and looked forward to getting back on the road in January,” said his wife, Jan Bridges. Eussel performed for a long period of time but in 2010 he came again in a collaborated album titled “The Union.”
“He was my biggest influence as a piano player, a singer and a songwriter,” John who engineered his comeback told ABC News. Russell recorded more than 35 albums and also excelled as a songwriter for other performers. His “A Song for You” was recorded by
and good friend Willie Nelson. The Carpenters, Helen Reddy, Shirley Bassey, Robert Goulet and George Benson all covered Russell’s “This Masquerade,” with Benson’s version winning the 1976 Grammy as record of the year.
Russell was known as “the master of space and time” in his 1970s heyday. He ruled the stage with piano-banging abandon and, backed by a multi-piece band and a backup chorus, put on a show that was a roiling stew of rock, soul, gospel and country.
Russell’s last performance was July 10 in Nashville.