Rock and Roll Hall of Famer LEON RUSSELL died yesterday, at the age of 74. He had a lot of health issues in the past several years. He suffered a heart attack in July, and in 2010, he had surgery to stop leaking brain fluid.
Russell was a session keyboard player for producer Phil Spector in the ’60s, and went on to collaborate with, like, everybody . . . including Joe Cocker, the Beach Boys, the Byrds, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Ike and Tina Turner . . .
The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, B.B. King, Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson, Doris Day, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr . . . and Elton John, who championed his induction into the Rock Hall in 2011.
(Not-So-Fun Fact: Along with Leonard Cohen, he’s the second Rock and Roll Hall of Famer to die in less than a week.)
Leon’s hits included “Tight Rope“ and “Lady Blue“. He also wrote “A Song for You”, which was recorded by several artists, including the Carpenters, Ray Charles, Donna Summer, and even Herbie Hancock with Christina Aguilera.
Leon and Elton released an album together in 2010 called “The Union”.