11-13-2016, 12:33 PM
This news in particular hit me hard. I remember buy Leon Russell and the Shelter People when I was a senior in high school. It blew me away. Aside from being a top tour act in the early 70's he played on so many records as a studio musician. His true talent was songwriting. He wrote or co-wrote so many songs. Superstar-The Carpenters, Blues Power-Eric Clapton, Everybody loves a clown, just my style-Gary Lewis and the Playboys, masquerade-George Benson, Delta Lady-Joe Cocker, Tightrope-Leon Russell :) just a few that come to mind.
And of course his masterpiece... A Song For you. I alway prefer his version of this. Recorded by so many artists. Amy Winehouse to Andy Williams. I remember reading years ago he wrote this song for his then time girlfriend Rita Coolidge.
R.I.P. Leon Russell