Leon Russell

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Birth Name: Leon Russell
Born: 02/04/1942
Birth Place: Lawton, Oklahoma, USA

While only rarely gaining the attention of the mainstream pop music world, singer/songwriter, studio musician and producer Leon Russell quietly influenced the world of rock and pop in the 1960s and '70s, working with some of the biggest names in music. A prodigious talent even at a young age, Russell began piano lessons at four and was playing nightclubs in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma by 14. His band The Starlighters toured with Jerry Lee Lewis as soon as Russell graduated high school. By 17, Russell had moved to Los Angeles, where he became part of The Wrecking Crew, an extremely talented group of studio session players who recorded with everyone from The Byrds to Herb Alpert. A popu... Continue Bio >>

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