By Dennis Hartley
Leon Russell 1942-2016
It’s getting crowded up there. Leonard Cohen on Friday, now Leon Russell on Sunday? All in all, the weekend’s been a bit of a bummer.
Oh well, we’ll always have their music.
Russell was one of the heavyweights; an in-demand session player for decades, he cut his teeth with the legendary “Wrecking Crew”, who were profiled in Denny Tedesco’s eponymous 2015 doc (my review).
He also had a prolific recording career as a solo artist, and was a truly outstanding songwriter. So many classics. Here is but a sampling…