Thursday, February 10, 2011

Leon Russell perform one NZ show

Leon Russell  Perform one NZ show - Leon Russell started playing clubs in Tulsa while still in his mid-teens, as rock ‘n’ roll itself was being born. By his early 20s, he was a member of the hallowed LA studio band the Wrecking Crew, both with and without Phil Spector. Leon played with the Byrds, Mamas and Papas, Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher and many others. As an arranger, he shaped the sound of such timeless singles as Ike and Tina Turner’s River Deep, Mountain High, Herb Alpert’s A Taste of Honey and the Byrds’ Mr Tambourine Man.
By the late 60s, Russell was coming into his own both as a recording artist (recording with Texas musician Marc Benno under the name the Asylum Choir) and as a writer. Joe Cocker’s recording of his sassy Delta Lady (written about Leon’s girlfriend of the time, Rita Coolidge) became a UK top ten hit. Russell subsequently lead the band on Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour and appeared in the movie of the same name.


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