Leon Russell, Renowned Songwriter and Musician, Dead at 74

No Comments 14 November 2016

Leon Russell, Renowned Songwriter and Musician, Dead at 74

Leon Russell, renowned multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who collaborated with the likes of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, the Rolling Stones and Elton John over the course of 50 years in the music industry, died Saturday. He was 74.

“Leon Russell died on Nov. 13, 2016 in Nashville at the age of 74. His wife said that he passed away in his sleep,” Russell’s website wrote. “The Master Of Space And Time was a legendary musician and songwriter originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma who performed his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for over 50 years.”

Russell, an inductee of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, dealt with a string of health problems in recent years, including surgery to stop leaking brain fluid in 2010 and a heart attack that he suffered this July that requested surgery.

Born Claude Russell Bridges outside Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1942, Russell began playing the city’s nightclubs when he was still a teenager. While in high school, Russell formed a band called the Starlighters; upon graduating, he was recruited by Jerry Lee Lewis to join his touring unit.

Read More/Original Source: https://www.yahoo.com/music/leon-russell-renowned-songwriter-musician-155900992.html

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