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2016's musical death toll continues with Leon Russell's passing

IEBA Conference Day 3
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NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 09: Leon Russell performs onstage during the Agency Group Party at at IEBA Conference Day 3 at the War Memorial Auditorium on October 9, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for IEBA)

The Oklahoma native made his name as gifted piano player and session man and became a top concert draw in the early 70's. He put together Joe Cocker's "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" band, wrote a hit for Cocker and played with Sinatra, Dylan, Ike & Tina Turner and The Rolling Stones and George Harrison. He enjoyed a late-career resurgence, recording a duets album with Elton John in 2010.



Leon Russell's "Delta Lady"
 

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Joe Cocker's cover

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