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

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

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Leon-Russell-25Ken Sumka | 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

88Nine Radio Milwaukee
Session player to headliner, inspiration to everyone from Elton John to Black Francis, died Sunday

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”

Joe Cocker’s cover

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