American Musician

Leon Russell

  • Apr 02, 1942 - Nov 13, 2016 (age 74)
  • 5' 9" (1.75 m)
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2017
On a Distant Shore
AlbumSep 22, 2017

On a Distant Shore

On a Distant Shore is an album by singer, multi …
On a Distant Shore is an album by singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Leon Russell. Produced by Mark Lambert and Leon Russell, the album was released on September 22, 2017, Leon's 38th album on Palmetto Records. On a Distant Shore is Leon's last album, as his death was on November 2016 at age 74. The album was recorded at ThirtySeventeen studio in Nashville Tennessee in 2016. Leon Russell's daughter, Coco Bridges, performs backing vocals on the album and also did the album cover painting. Leon Russell's daughter, Sugaree Noel Bridges, performs backing vocals on the album. Russell reinterpreted “This Masquerade,” ″Hummingbird” and “A Song for You” three of his best-known songs, he also added an orchestral arrangements by Larry Hall.
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SongSep 22, 2017

This Masquerade
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2016
Leon Russell
PersonalNovember 2016

Leon Russell

Leon Russell passed away.
The Homewood Sessions
AlbumAug 12, 2016

The Homewood Sessions

The Homewood Sessions released.
2015
Riding the Northeast Trail: The New Jersey Broadcast 1979
AlbumAug 28, 2015

Riding the Northeast Trail: The New J…

Riding the Northeast Trail: The New Jersey Broadcast …
Riding the Northeast Trail: The New Jersey Broadcast 1979 released.
Prince of Peace: Radio Broadcast 1970
AlbumAug 14, 2015

Prince of Peace: Radio Broadcast 1970

Prince of Peace: Radio Broadcast 1970 released.
2014
Life Journey
AlbumApr 1, 2014

Life Journey

Life Journey is an album by singer, multi …
Life Journey is an album by singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Leon Russell. Produced by Tommy LiPuma, the album was released on April 1, 2014, Leon's 37th album. Elton John was the Executive Producer of the Life Journey album. The album was recorded in 2013 and 2014. In Leon's Life Journey Leon renewed his song writing after is 2010 collaboration album with Elton John, The Union. Leon has two original songs on the album Big Lips and Down in Dixieland. Rock critic Nick DeRiso wrote: "Nothing quite matches Russell interpreting Russell, as heard on Big Lips — which also features Chris Simmons on slide, Abe Laboriel Jr. on drums and Willie Weeks on bass." AllMusic Reviewer, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, wrote about the album: "This small list suggests how Life Journey touches upon much of the music Russell has sung over the years -- it's heavy on R&B, blues, jazz, and swing, but strangely lacking in much country." AllMusic rated the Life Journey album as one of the Best of 2014. Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra played on Georgia On My Mind, I Got It Bad & That Ain’t Good, and New York State Of Mind.
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2013
Snapshot
AlbumDec 17, 2013

Snapshot

Snapshot released.
2011
Live in Japan
AlbumAug 9, 2011

Live in Japan

Live in Japan is an live album by singer and songwriter …
Live in Japan is an live album by singer and songwriter Leon Russell. The album was recorded two live tour sessions. The first record section is a 1973 tour show at Budokan in Japan on November 8, 1973. The second recorded section is from a 1971 tour show in Sam Houston Coliseum. While the album had some of Leon's new hits, like Tight Rope and A Song for You,, the album did not chart in the top 200. His early live album Leon Live peaked at # 9 on the US charts. The album was first released as a vinyl LP Album by the Shelter Records label. Live in Japan was re-released on CD by Omnivore Recordings in 2011 and again in 2013 with bonus tracks. Album was by produced by Leon Russell, Nobuya Itoh, Peter Nicholls and Denny Cordell. The new CD releases were after Leon recordings earned six gold records. He received two Grammy awards from seven nominations. In 2011, he was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. One of his biggest early fans, Elton John, said Russell was a "mentor" and an "inspiration". They recorded their album The Union in 2010, which earned them a Grammy nomination.
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The Best of Leon Russell
AlbumJul 4, 2011

The Best of Leon Russell

The Best of Leon Russell released.
The Union
MovieApr 20, 2011

The Union

In 2009, Elton John calls his early-1970s mentor and …
In 2009, Elton John calls his early-1970s mentor and tour mate, Leon Russell and invites him to make a joint album. Early in 2010, the camera is in the studio as John coaxes a nearly-burned-out Russell, recovering from brain surgery, into composing, playing, and singing. Neil Young, Brian Wilson, and Booker T. Jones come in for a day or two, recording tracks. T Bone Burnett produces. Archival footage shows the young rockers, Crowe interviews his stars, and there's a sound montage of hits on which Russell was a studio musician. By October, 2010, the CD "The Union" is ready for release; there's a concert in Boston. Friendship gets an encore.
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2010
The Union
AlbumOct 11, 2010

The Union

The Union is a collaboration studio album by singer …
The Union is a collaboration studio album by singer-songwriters Elton John and Leon Russell, released on 19 October 2010 in the US and on 25 October in the UK. This is John's second collaboration album, after 1993's Duets. This is the first studio release by John since 1979's Victim of Love without any of his regular band members. It is also his highest charting studio album on the Billboard 200 since 1976's Blue Moves, debuting at No. 3, as well as Russell's highest charting studio album since 1972's Carney. The Union was No. 3 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 30 Best Albums of 2010.
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Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
Nomination2010

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals

Nominated for "The Union".
Grammy Award
2009
Best of Hank Wilson
AlbumJun 23, 2009

Best of Hank Wilson

Best of Hank Wilson released.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
TV ShowMar 2, 2009

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Late Night with Jimmy …
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show hosted by comedian Jimmy Fallon. The hour-long show, which premiered on March 2, 2009, and ran weeknights at 12:35 am Eastern/11:35 pm Central on NBC in the United States.
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Piers Morgan's Life Stories
TV ShowFeb 22, 2009

Piers Morgan's Life Stories

Piers Morgan's Life Stories …
Piers Morgan's Life Stories (also known as Life Stories) is a British television chat show on ITV, presented by journalist Piers Morgan. Recorded in front of a studio audience, each episode is devoted to one celebrity guest. Episodes are filmed at The London Studios, although episodes were previously made at Teddington Studios and BBC Television Centre between one and two weeks before being broadcast on television.
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2008
The Marty Stuart Show
TV ShowNov 1, 2008

The Marty Stuart Show

Airing twice weekly on …
Airing twice weekly on RFD since its debut in 2008, The Marty Stuart Show highlights the best of new and classic country music, showcasing the best in blue grass with featuring appearances by Mel Tillis, Jimmy Dickens, John Anderson, and Charley Pride to only name a few. Not to mention, you'll see wonderful performances from Marty himself, his wife, Connie Smith, banjoist Leroy Troy, and of course Marty's band, The Fabulous Superlatives. Marty had begun his music career at the age of 14; by 22 he was a member of Johnny Cash's band, and in the 90's he won 4 Grammies and dominated Country's top ten with a string of classics such as "Hillbilly Rock," "Burn Me Down," and "This One's Gonna Hurt You." The production is laid back and appeals to a large audience of Country fans. Admittedly, there is a bias toward the Mountain/Bluegrass country, but the music is still wonderful and sticks to its veins and roots. You'll reminisce back on the early days of country classics such as Flatt and Scruggs, Hee Haw, and the Porter Wagoner Show.
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The Wrecking Crew
MovieMar 11, 2008

The Wrecking Crew

A celebration of the musical work of a group of session …
A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.
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In Your Dreams
AlbumJan 22, 2008

In Your Dreams

In Your Dreams is an album by singer, multi …
In Your Dreams is an album by singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Leon Russell. Produced by Russell, the album was released on January 22, 2008, by his label, Leon Russell Records. The album was recorded in 2003, but not released until 2008. The song Big Lips, on In Your Dreams, Russell also included on his Life Journey Album released by Tommy LiPuma-produced in 2014. Rock critic Nick DeRiso wrote: "Nothing quite matches Russell interpreting Russell, as heard on Big Lips — which also features Chris Simmons on slide, Abe Laboriel Jr. on drums and Willie Weeks on bass." In Leon's Life Journey album which also has Big Lips, Leon renewed his song writing after is 2010 collaboration album with Elton John, The Union.
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2007
The Live Album
AlbumOct 30, 2007

The Live Album

The Live Album released.
Angel in Disguise
AlbumJan 1, 2007

Angel in Disguise

Angel in Disguise released.
2006
The One Show
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TV ShowAug 14, 2006

The One Show

The One Show is a British television magazine and …
The One Show is a British television magazine and chat show programme. Broadcast live on BBC One weeknights at 7:00 pm, it features topical stories and studio guests. It is currently co-hosted on Mondays to Thursdays by Alex Jones and Matt Baker, and by a guest host on Fridays. Various reporters also assist with subject-specific presenting, both in the studio and on location, or through filmed segments. Originally produced in Birmingham and then in the BBC Media Village in White City, London, since 2014 the studio has been based in Broadcasting House, the BBC's headquarters in London.
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2004
Truth and Betrayal
MovieMar 2, 2004

Truth and Betrayal

A high school student is haunted by the results of telling a …
A high school student is haunted by the results of telling a secret in his past when asked to keep a secret again.
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2003
In Session at the Paradise Studios, Los Angeles, 1979
AlbumJan 1, 2003

In Session at the Paradise Studios, L…

In Session at the Paradise Studios, Los Angeles, …
In Session at the Paradise Studios, Los Angeles, 1979 released.
2002
Moonlight & Love Songs
AlbumApr 9, 2002

Moonlight & Love Songs

Moonlight & Love Songs is …
Moonlight & Love Songs is an album by singer and songwriter Leon Russell and the Nashville Symphony. Russell departs from past albums to sing all songs written by other artists. The album was recorded in the 2002 in Nashville, Tennessee, and produced by Russell. The album was released on CD on April 9, 2002.
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CMT Crossroads
TV ShowJan 13, 2002

CMT Crossroads

CMT Crossroads is an American television program …
CMT Crossroads is an American television program broadcast on CMT that pairs country music artists with musicians from other music genres, frequently trading off performing one another's songs, and also dueting on some numbers.
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2001
Rhythm & Bluegrass: Hank Wilson, Vol. 4
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AlbumOct 23, 2001

Rhythm & Bluegrass: Hank Wilson, V…

Rhythm & Bluegrass: Hank …
Rhythm & Bluegrass: Hank Wilson, Vol. 4 is an album by singer and songwriter Leon Russell and the band New Grass Revival with Russell singing under the pseudonym Hank Wilson. Produced by Russell, the album was recorded in the 1980 but was not released until October 23, 2001. This is Russell's second album with New Grass Revival, who became his backup group and opening act in 1979.
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SongJan 1, 2001

Back to the Island
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SongJan 1, 2001

Delta Lady
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SongJan 1, 2001

One More Love Song
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SongJan 1, 2001

Lady Blue
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SongJan 1, 2001

Magic Mirror
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Guitar Blues
AlbumJan 1, 2001

Guitar Blues

Guitar Blues is an album by singer and songwriter …
Guitar Blues is an album by singer and songwriter Leon Russell. The album was released on August 21, 2001 by Leon Russell Records. The album was by produced and all songs were written and performed by Russell. Guitar Blues was recorded in 1995. Leon show cases this guitar skills. Russell plays all the instruments, excluding the drums, that are played by his son, Teddy Jack.
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Award2001

Best Country Instrumental Performance

Won award for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown".
Grammy Award
Signature Songs
AlbumJan 1, 2001

Signature Songs

Signature Songs released.
Nomination2001

Best Country Instrumental Performance

Nominated for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown".
Grammy Award
2000
Live at Gilley's
AlbumApr 25, 2000

Live at Gilley's

Live at Gilley's is a live album by singer and songwriter …
Live at Gilley's is a live album by singer and songwriter Leon Russell. The album was recorded on September 17, 1981, at Gilley's Club in Pasadena, Texas. The recording was first released on April 25, 2000. The second release was in 2019 by Leon Russell Records with Varèse Sarabande.
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Legend In My Time: Hank Wilson, Volume III
AlbumMar 21, 2000

Legend In My Time: Hank Wilson, Vol…

Legend In My Time: Hank Wilson, Volume III released.
1999
Face in the Crowd
AlbumJan 26, 1999

Face in the Crowd

Face in the Crowd is an album by singer and songwriter …
Face in the Crowd is an album by singer and songwriter Leon Russell. The album was first released as a CD on January 26, 1999. Album was by produced by Leon Russell and released by Sagestone Entertainment Records. Most of the songs were written by Russell, with two songs co-written by Jack Wessel. In Face in the Crowd, Russell returns to the style he is known for his unique Tulsa sound. Jack Wessel, a bass player, was a long time Leon Russell band member, starting in 1981.
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1997
Retrospective
AlbumJan 1, 1997

Retrospective

Retrospective released.
1996
Gimme Shelter: The Best Of Leon Russell
AlbumNov 12, 1996

Gimme Shelter: The Best Of Leon Ru…

Gimme Shelter: The Best Of Leon Russell released.
1995
SongJan 1, 1995

It's a Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall
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1993
Late Show with David Letterman
TV ShowAug 30, 1993

Late Show with David Letterman

Late Show with David …
Late Show with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman on CBS, the first iteration of the Late Show franchise. The show debuted on August 30, 1993, and was produced by Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants, and CBS Television Studios. The show's music director and leader of the house band, the CBS Orchestra, was Paul Shaffer. The head writer was Matt Roberts and the announcer was originally Bill Wendell, then Alan Kalter. Of the major U.S. late-night programs, Late Show ranked second in cumulative average viewers over time and third in number of episodes over time. In most U.S. markets the show aired from 11:35 p.m. to 12:35 a.m. Eastern and Pacific Time, and recorded Monday to Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The second Thursday episode usually aired on Friday of that week.
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1992
Later... with Jools Holland
TV ShowOct 9, 1992

Later... with Jools Holland

Later... with Jools Holland …
Later... with Jools Holland (previously known as Later Live... with Jools Holland and ...Later with Jools Holland) is a contemporary English music television show hosted by Jools Holland. A spin-off of The Late Show, it has been running in short series since 1992 and is a part of BBC Two's late-night line-up, usually at around 11 pm to 12 midnight. The day of transmission has varied, but currently it is usually recorded on a Tuesday for Saturday broadcast and features a mixture of both established and new musical artists, from solo performers to bands and larger ensembles.
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Anything Can Happen
AlbumSep 1, 1992

Anything Can Happen

Anything Can Happen released.
1986
American Masters
TV ShowJun 22, 1986

American Masters

American Masters is a PBS television series which …
American Masters is a PBS television series which produces biographies on enduring writers, musicians, visual and performing artists, dramatists, filmmakers, and those who have left an indelible impression on the cultural landscape of the United States. It is produced by WNET in New York City. The show debuted on PBS in 1986.
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1983
Live with Kelly and Ryan
TV ShowApr 4, 1983

Live with Kelly and Ryan

Live with Kelly and Ryan …
Live with Kelly and Ryan (or simply Live) is an American syndicated morning talk show, hosted by Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. Executive produced by Michael Gelman, the Live with... show formula has aired under various hosts since 1983 locally on WABC-TV in New York City and 1988 nationwide. As of 2016, it is produced by WABC.
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Janet Lee Constantine
MarriageFebruary 1983

Janet Lee Constantine

Married Janet Lee Constantine.
1982
Late Night with David Letterman
TV ShowFeb 1, 1982

Late Night with David Letterman

Late Night with David …
Late Night with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman. It premiered on NBC on February 1, 1982, and concluded on June 25, 1993. Letterman began hosting Late Show with David Letterman on CBS in August 1993. The series has since been reformatted as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
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1979
When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?
MovieFeb 9, 1979

When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?

Marjoe Gortner plays a …
Marjoe Gortner plays a drug dealer whose car breaks down in a small U.S. town. In turn, the town's people become victim to his unique brand of physical and mental torture.
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Nomination1979

Best Country Performance by a Duo …

Nominated for "Heartbreak Hotel".
Grammy Award
Album Of The Year
Nomination1979

Album Of The Year

Nominated for "One for the Road".
Country Music Association Award
1978
Nomination1978

Best Original Music

Nominated for "A Star Is Born".
BAFTA Award
1977
Nomination1977

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Nominated for "A Star Is Born".
Grammy Award
1976
Song of the Year
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Nomination1976

Song of the Year

Nominated for "This Masquerade".
Grammy Award
Wedding Album
AlbumJan 1, 1976

Wedding Album

Wedding Album is a studio album by Leon Russell …
Wedding Album is a studio album by Leon Russell and his then wife, Mary Russell, otherwise known as Mary McCreary. It was the first album released on Leon Russell's record label, Paradise Records, which was distributed by Warner Bros. Records. Leon and Mary Russell are also credited as producers of the album, with the exception of the final track, "Daylight", which was produced by its writer, Bobby Womack.
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1975
Good Morning America
TV ShowNov 3, 1975

Good Morning America

Good Morning America (GMA) is an American morning …
Good Morning America (GMA) is an American morning television show that is broadcast on ABC. It debuted on November 3, 1975, and first expanded to weekends with the debut of a Sunday edition on January 3, 1993. The Sunday edition was canceled in 1999; weekend editions returned on both Saturdays and Sundays on September 4, 2004. The weekday program airs from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. in all U.S. time zones (live in the Eastern Time Zone and on tape delay elsewhere across the country). The Saturday and Sunday editions are one hour long and are transmitted to ABC's stations live at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time, although stations in some markets air them at different times. Viewers in the Pacific Time Zone receive an updated feed with a specialized opening and updated live reports. A third hour of the weekday broadcast aired from 2007 to 2008, exclusively on ABC News Now.
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Saturday Night Live
TV ShowOct 11, 1975

Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live (SNL) is an American late-night live …
Saturday Night Live (SNL) is an American late-night live television variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, 1975, under the original title NBC's Saturday Night. The show's comedy sketches, which often parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying cast of repertory and newer cast members. Each episode is hosted by a celebrity guest, who usually delivers the opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast as with featured performances by a musical guest. An episode normally begins with a cold open sketch that ends with someone breaking character and proclaiming, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!", properly beginning the show.
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Mary McCreary
MarriageJune 1975

Mary McCreary

Married Mary McCreary.
Will O' the Wisp
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AlbumJan 1, 1975

Will O' the Wisp

Will O' the Wisp is the sixth studio album by Leon …
Will O' the Wisp is the sixth studio album by Leon Russell. The album was released in 1975 on Shelter Records. It peaked at No. 30 on the Billboard albums chart and remained on the chart for 40 weeks. The album cover was designed and illustrated by artist/actor Gailard Sartain.
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1974
Stop All That Jazz
AlbumJan 1, 1974

Stop All That Jazz

Stop All That Jazz is an album by singer and songwriter …
Stop All That Jazz is an album by singer and songwriter Leon Russell. The album was recorded in 1974 at Leon Russell's House Studio, Tulsa, OK, Paradise Studios, Tia Juana, OK, Pete's Place, Nashville, TN and Shelter The Church Studio, Tulsa, OK. Stop All That Jazz is Russell's sixth solo album.
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1973
Hank Wilson's Back, Volume I
AlbumJan 1, 1973

Hank Wilson's Back, Volume I

Hank Wilson's Back, Volume I released.
1972
Carney
AlbumJun 26, 1972

Carney

Carney is Leon Russell's third solo studio album, …
Carney is Leon Russell's third solo studio album, released in 1972. It peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 200 and was the first for Russell to contain a hit single — "Tight Rope" b/w "This Masquerade" — which reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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Award1972

Album of the Year

Won award for "The Concert for Bangladesh".
Grammy Award
Nomination1972

Album of the Year

Nominated for "The Concert for Bangladesh".
Grammy Award
1971
Asylum Choir II
AlbumNov 15, 1971

Asylum Choir II

Asylum Choir II is the second and final album of the …
Asylum Choir II is the second and final album of the studio aggregation consisting of Leon Russell and Marc Benno. It was recorded and expected to be released in 1969, but legal hassles held up its release for two years. The 1990 digitally remastered CD re-release contains as bonus cuts all but three of the tracks from their first album.
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The Old Grey Whistle Test
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TV ShowSep 21, 1971

The Old Grey Whistle Test

The Old Grey Whistle Test …
The Old Grey Whistle Test (usually abbreviated to Whistle Test or OGWT) was a British television music show. It was commissioned by David Attenborough and aired on BBC2 from 1971 to 1988. It took over the BBC2 late night slot from Disco 2, which ran between September 1970 and July 1971, while continuing to feature non-chart music. The show was devised by BBC producer Rowan Ayers. The original producer, involved in an executive capacity throughout the show's entire history, was Michael Appleton. According to presenter Bob Harris, the programme derived its name from a Tin Pan Alley phrase from years before. When they got the first pressing of a record they would play it to people they called the old greys – doormen in grey suits. Any song they could remember and whistle, having heard it just once or twice, had passed the old grey whistle test.
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Leon Russell and the Shelter People
AlbumMay 3, 1971

Leon Russell and the Shelter People

Leon Russell and the …
Leon Russell and the Shelter People is the second solo album by the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leon Russell, released in 1971. It peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 200 in the United States. The album has gold certification for sales of over 500,000 albums in the US and Canada.
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1970
Leon Russell
AlbumFeb 1, 1970

Leon Russell

Leon Russell is the debut solo album by the singer, …
Leon Russell is the debut solo album by the singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Leon Russell. It followed his debut with the Midnight String Quartet and a production by Russell and Marc Benno billed as the Asylum Choir.
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Disco 2
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TV ShowJan 10, 1970

Disco 2

Disco 2 (or Disco Two) was a BBC2 television music …
Disco 2 (or Disco Two) was a BBC2 television music show that ran between January 1970 and July 1971. It was the successor to Colour Me Pop and the precursor of The Old Grey Whistle Test. The earliest programmes were billed as Line Up's Disco 2, the programme – like Colour Me Pop before it – originally being a spin-off of Late Night Line-Up.
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1964
Shindig!
TV ShowSep 16, 1964

Shindig!

Shindig! is an American musical variety series which aired …
Shindig! is an American musical variety series which aired on ABC from September 16, 1964 to January 8, 1966. The show was hosted by Jimmy O'Neill, a disc jockey in Los Angeles at the time who also created the show along with his wife Sharon Sheeley, British producer Jack Good, and production executive Art Stolnitz. The original pilot was rejected by ABC and David Sontag, then Executive Producer of ABC, redeveloped and completely redesigned the show. A new pilot with a new cast of artists was shot starring Sam Cooke. That pilot aired as the premiere episode.
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1942
Leon Russell
BirthApril 1942

Leon Russell

Leon Russell was born.
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