Tag: Leon Russell

Tuesday 9pm ET: Feature Artist – Leon Russell

Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges; April 2, 1942 – November 13, 2016) was an American musician and songwriter who was involved with numerous bestselling pop music records during his 60-year career. His genres included pop, country, rock, folk, gospel, bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk rock, blues rock, surf, standards, and Tulsa Sound.

His collaborations rank as some of the most successful in music history, and as a touring musician he performed with hundreds of notable artists. He recorded 33 albums and at least 430 songs. He wrote “Delta Lady”, recorded by Joe Cocker, and organized and performed with Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour in 1970. His “A Song for You”, added to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2018, has been recorded by more than 200 artists, and his “This Masquerade” by more than 75.

As a pianist, he played in his early years on albums by The Beach Boys, Dick Dale and Jan and Dean. On his first album, Leon Russell, in 1970, the musicians included Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison. One of his biggest early fans, Elton John, said Russell was a “mentor” and an “inspiration”.They recorded their album The Union in 2010, which earned them a Grammy nomination.

Russell produced and played in recording sessions for, among others Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Ike & Tina Turner, and The Rolling Stones. He wrote and recorded the hits “Tight Rope” and “Lady Blue”. He performed at The Concert for Bangladesh in 1971 along with Harrison, Dylan, and Clapton, for which he earned a Grammy Award.

His recordings earned six gold records. He received two Grammy awards from seven nominations. In 2011, he was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Russell died in his sleep at his suburban Nashville home in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, on November 13, 2016, at the age of 74, his wife said in a statement on his website. In 2010, he had undergone surgery, and in July 2016 he suffered a heart attack. He was recovering from heart surgery. Russell’s funeral was on November 18 at Victory Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, and a public memorial was held at The Oral Roberts University Mabee Center on November 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is interred at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Saturday 9pm: In Memoriam 2016

memoriam-lsWe feature music from some of those we lost in 2016, featuring music from: David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship for Paul Kantner, Earth, Wind and Fire for Maurice White, Emerson Lake and Palmer for Gregg Lake and Keith Emerson, Merle Haggard, Prince, Billy Paul, Juan Gabriel, Bobby Vee, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell and George Michael.

Sunday 7pm: In Memoriam – Leon Russell (1942 – 2016)

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Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges; April 2, 1942 – November 13, 2016) was an American musician and songwriter, who recorded as a session musician, sideman, and maintained a solo career.

As a songwriter, he wrote songs including “Delta Lady,” recorded by Joe Cocker, and organized Cocker’s “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” tour in 1969. More than 100 acts have recorded his “A Song for You.” As a pianist, he played in his early years on albums by The Beach Boys and Jan and Dean. On his first album, “Leon Russell,” in 1970, musicians included John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. One of his biggest early fans, Elton John, said Russell was a “mentor” and “inspiration,” and they recorded The Union in 2010, John’s only duet album of his career.

Russell later produced and played during recording sessions for numerous musicians, including Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Ike and Tina Turner, and the Rolling Stones. His own hits which he wrote and recorded included “Tight Rope” and “Lady Blue.” He performed at the The Concert for Bangladesh in 1971 along with Dylan and Eric Clapton. In 2011 he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Russell died in his sleep in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 13, 2016, at the age of 74, his wife said in a statement on his website. In 2010, he underwent surgery to stop leaking brain fluid, and he suffered a heart attack in July 2016.

Elton John, who had once been Russell’s opening act, said “He was my biggest influence as a piano player, a singer and a songwriter.” On hearing of Russell’s death, he said “My darling Leon Russell passed away last night. He was a mentor, inspiration and so kind to me.” John once recalled:

When Mr. Russell’s “Greatest Hits” album came on one day during the trip, I started to cry, it moved me so much. His music takes me back to the most wonderful time in my life, and it makes me so angry that he’s been forgotten.

– Wikipedia

Artist Countdown: Rita Coolidge Top 25 Hits 8pm ET

ritacoolRita Coolidge (born May 1, 1945) is a multiple Grammy Award-winning American vocalist. During the 1970s and 1980s, she charted hits on Billboard’s pop, country, adult contemporary and jazz charts.

Coolidge married Tatsuya Suda (mistakenly referred to as “Sudaon” by the Chicago Tribune) on June 19, 2012 in the Cook Islands. Coolidge was married to Kris Kristofferson from 1973–1980. They have one daughter, Casey. Coolidge previously had romantic liaisons with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash; her leaving Stills for Nash has been cited as a contributing factor behind the initial 1970 breakup of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. She was also involved with Leon Russell and Joe Cocker during their days on tour with Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Coolidge now lives in Fallbrook, California. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

Source: Wikipedia

1 We’re All Alone
2 (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher
3 I’d Rather Leave While I’m in Love
4 All Time High
5 A Song I’d Like to Sing (w/Kris Kristofferson)
6 You
7 The Way You Do the Things You Do
8 Somethin’ Bout You Baby I Like (w/Glen Campbell)
9 Love Me Again
10 One Fine Day
11 Fool That I Am
12 Loving Arms (w/Kris Kristofferson)
13 I Believe in You
14 Rain (w/Kris Kristofferson)
15 The Closer You Get
16 Something Said Love
17 Words
18 Hello, Love, Goodbye
19 Only You
20 My Crew
21 Lover Please (w/Kris Kristofferson)
22 The Jealous Kind
23 Fever
24 Mama Lou
25 Turn Around and Love You

Artist Countdown: Paul Davis Top 20 Hits 12pm ET

Paul DavisPaul Lavon Davis (April 21, 1948 – April 22, 2008) was an American singer and songwriter, best known for his radio hits and solo career which started worldwide in 1970. His career encompassed soul, country and pop music. Typically, the slower the tempo of a Davis record, the longer it took to reach its peak position. Notable songs in his career include 1977’s “I Go Crazy“, a No. 7 pop hit which once held the record for the longest chart run on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the No. 6 “‘65 Love Affair“, his highest-charting pop hit. In the mid-1980s, he also had two country No. 1 hits as a guest vocalist on songs by Marie Osmond and Tanya Tucker, and wrote singles for other country singers. His appearance in the mid-1970s to early 1980s resembled Leon Russell.

Before his death on April 22, 2008 (one day after his 60th birthday), Davis had returned to singing and songwriting by recording two songs, “You Ain’t Sweet Enough” and “Today.” He died from a heart attack at the Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi. -Wikipedia

1 Ride ‘Em Cowboy
2 Sweet Life
3 ’65 Love Affair
4 I Go Crazy
5 Cool Night
6 Do Right
7 Superstar
8 You’re Still New to Me (with Marie Osmond)
9 I Just Wanna Keep It Together
10 I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love (with Tanya Tucker)
11 A Little Bit of Soap
12 Love or Let Me Be Lonely
13 Thinking of You
14 Darlin (with Susan Collins)
15 Cry Just a Little
16 Boogie Woogie Man
17 Keep Our Love Alive
18 (It Takes) Two To Tango
19 Reggae Kind Of Way
20 Three Little Words