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Born on April 2, 1942 in Lawton, Oklahoma, Leon Russell real name is Claude Russell Bridges. He is an accomplished singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist. He has studied in Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At first, he was popular as a session musician and has played with various artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Phil Spector and The Rolling Stones. He had a successful solo career encircling the genres of rock, blues, and gospel. He started his musical journey at the age of 14. During that time he lied about his age so that he could play gig at a Tulsa nightclub to play with Ronnie Hawkins behind Jerry Lee Lewis. The trick worked and two years later, he settled down at Los Angeles. There he studied guitar with James Burton, and also worked sessions with Dorsey Burnette and Glen Campbell.

After some time, he became the member of Phil Spector's studio group. He has played as a backup in many popular hits of the 60s, such as The Byrds, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, and Herb Alpert. He also assisted Snuff Garrett in a number of his productions. In 1967, he built his own recording studio and recorded his first LP, "Look Inside the Asylum Choir", in a collaboration with Marc Benno.

In 1970, he wrote the songs for Joe Cocker's version of "Delta Lady", which became an instant hit. He then wrote the song "Superstar", which was sung by Rita Coolidge in the Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour, and the song became a hit. It was later sung by the Carpenters, Luther Vandross, and others. This boosted his confidence and released a solo album, "Leon Russell". He also played piano on Dave Mason's album, Alone Together.
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In the year 1971, Russell performed the songs "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Young Blood" at George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh. After that he carried on recording sessions with B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan, and went on to tour with the Rolling Stones. He then started focusing on his solo career. He released his next album "Carney" that reached #2 on the charts. Throughout the 70's, Russell continued to perform in Tulsa at the Paradise Club and also various other famous musical venues in and around the town. Once he also got the chance to perform with Flash Eddy and the Eclectics at the Paradise and this surprised his fans tremendously.

In the year 1975, he released his next album "Will O'the Wisp". The album was quite successful, specially at the commercial level, specially the single "Lady Blue". In the same year, he got married to Mary McCreary, who was also a singer and songwriter and was the former member of Sly & the Family Stone's background vocal group Little Sister. The couple then sang together in their first album, as couple, " The Wedding Album" which was released in the year 1976.

The song "This Masquerade", which was written by Russell earned a Grammy Award for George Benson. In the year 1977, Russell and McCreary together released another album. In the year 1979 Russell collaborated with Willie Nelson. For the next two years, he spent touring with the New Grass Revival, and along with them he released two more albums with Paradise. After that he took break from music and concentrated in his family.

In the year 1992, he released "Anything Can Happen" and it was followed by two more albums in 1998 and 1999. He is still active at the age of 64 and keeps on touring relentlessly.

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