April 2, 1942 in Lawton
November 13, 2016
Lawton, OK, United States
Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges on April 2, 1942 in Lawton, Oklahoma) is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist. Russell attended Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Known as a session musician and artist in his own right, Russell has played with artists as varied as Jerry Lee Lewis, Phil Spector and The Rolling Stones. With a solo career spanning the genres of rock, blues, and gospel, Russell began his musical career at 14, lying about his age to land a gig playing backup at a Tulsa nightclub to play with Ronnie Hawkins behind Jerry Lee Lewis.
Thoughts on Songs with Leon Russell
I think Leon meant that, whomever he wrote the song for was more enthralled with his image as a rock star than with him as a real person. The tophat on his head , which was his iconic regalia back then, was all that she saw. I think he was pretty sick of the games by the time he wrote this song. These type of songs are usually a hit because so many people can relate to the story line. Leon rules by the way...