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Leon Russell Leon was first known mostly as a session musician, and played played with artists as varied as Jerry Lee Lewis, Phil Spector and The Rolling Stones. He had a solo career spanning the genres of rock, blues, and gospel. His first songwriting hit was for Joe Cocker's 1969 "Delta Lady", and Russell went on to organise Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour. The man can beat a piano. He is on tour and I will be seeing him tonight (11-15-07) in Virginia Beach at a fitting venue for his style of music.
Tags: Leon  Russell  Blues  Piano 
Added: 15th November 2007
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Posted By: wdh51
Posted by: wdh51 on 2007-11-15 
This was my first attempt to upload media and it seems to be a success.
Posted by: Teresa on 2007-11-15 
YEAH!! good job!! . .and have a BLAST tonight!
Posted by: Steve on 2007-11-15 
I remember Lady Blue being a big tune for him!
Posted by: Naomi on 2007-11-15 
Wow, his looks have changed quite a bit since I last saw him. That's some hair he's got going on there...
Posted by: Sophia on 2007-11-15 
Seems like he's in competition with the Stones for oldest rocker still performing onstage. Leon is now 65! His son Teddy Jack, named after Gary Busey's character on Sartain's show, has also toured with his father, as have his sisters Tina Rose and Sugaree Noel.
Posted by: wdh51 on 2007-11-16 
Proved to be a good show last night. Leon walked on the small stage with a cane but once he took his rightful seat at the piano there was no question he still commands. Two young men, but talented blues artist were on guitar, an older drummer and a younger sight impaired electric keyboard player. He began with Delta Lady, short while later, Lady Blue. Played a good bit of Stones, Ga On My Mind, and ended with Great Balls of Fire and Blue Suede Shoes. Played for near 2 hours, was after midnight getting home.
Posted by: ba11game on 2008-09-27 
The last time I saw Leon in concert his son was playing the drums. He looks just like Leon, except that he inherited his complexion from his mother, who is black.
The first time I saw Leon was the Mad Dogs and Englishmen show with Joe Cocker. It was like Leon's homecoming at the Brady Theatre in Tulsa and to this day, one of the best concerts I ever saw.
The show Sophia referred to was called Mazzeppa Pompazoidi's Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting. That show was probably the coolest thing about growing up in Tulsa in the '60s.
A little more Leon trivia: The RB group The GAP Band (You Dropped a Bomb on Me) got their start as Leon's backup band on an album called Stop All That Jazz. Their original name was the Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band.
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