Leon Russell - A Song For You (R.I.P.)

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A SONG FOR YOU - Leon Russell & Friends (1971)

Leon Russell, an America rock'n'roll hall of famer, died in his sleep at the age of 74 in Nashville, Tennessee.

He was famed for his "gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music", his website says.

Russell played anonymously as a studio pianist in the 1960s before his breakthrough in the 1970s.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011. Elton John has called him his "biggest influence as a piano player, a singer and a songwriter".

Russell's had a relatively brief period of stardom in the 70s which was later revived in 2010 with the help of Elton John when the two collaborated on an album called The Union.

The record took third place in a list of 2010's best albums by the Rolling Stones.

Over his career, Russell recorded more than 35 albums and was best known for his A Song for You.

The song was recorded and covered by the Carpenters, the Temptations, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and his good friend Willie Nelson.
-- BBC News 13/11/2016


Another excerpt from the 1971 "Homewood Sessions" featuring Leon Russell and a few good friends such as Don Nix and Furry Lewis. Furry can be seen several times throughout the video.

This song is, in many people's opinion, one of the finest ballads ever written. I agree!

From the video,
Leon Russell & Friends - "Homewood Sessions"
Live at Vine Street Theater, Hollywood, California, USA.
"Vine Street Theater presents Homewood"

Originally aired in 1971 on PBS, actually KCET in Los Angeles at the Vine Street Theater on Hollywood and Vine, a theater with a little studio in the back part of the building, which is not there anymore. They shot 6 hours, but only broadcast 1 hour, unscripted and unrehearsed.

It was the first national "stereo" rock-and-roll TV broadcast - that's why Leon agreed to do it.

Billed as "Session - Leon Russell with a Few of His Friends":
Don Nix
Chuck Blackwell
Joey Cooper
Don Preston
Carl Radle
Kathi McDonald
Claudia Linnear
John Gallie
Jim Horn
Furry Lewis
and, of course, Sweet Emily
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