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AUDIO: Leon Russell (1998)

Andy Gill, Rock's Backpages audio, May 1998

The singer-songwriter-bandleader takes us from playing bars as a 14-year-old in Oklahoma to George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh via sessions in L.A. for Phil Spector: being a part of L.A.'s Wrecking Crew; playing electric piano on the Byrds' 'Mr. Tambourine Man'; meeting Delaney & Bonnie; English producer Denny Cordell and his Shelter label; putting together Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen; J.J. Cale, Freddie King and Willis Alan Ramsey; the all-star cast on his first solo album; his famous songs ‘A Song For You’ and ‘This Masquerade’ becoming standards... and working with Bob Dylan and so many others.


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