17:00 14 November 2016
Leon Russell, who was famed for his "gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music" has died in his sleep at the age of 74 in Nashville, Tennessee.
He started playing as a studio pianist in the 1960s and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011 with Elton John calling him his “biggest influence as a piano player, a singer and a songwriter.” The two collaborated on an album called The Union in 2010, which took third place in a list of 2010’s best albums by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Russel recorded more than 35 albums and was best known for his A Song For You, a song that was eventually recorded and covered by the Carpenters, the Temptations, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Willie Nelson.
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