Leon Russell Tickets
The world famous artist of the country genre, Leon Russell has been entertaining the rock ‘n’ roll fans since fifty years. It is always a delight to watch this seventy year old versatile musician perform live with such energy and vigor. This year, catch him live by getting some Leon Russell tickets soon before they are all taken up by his devotees. Do not miss out on watching his live act and get the best seats booked in advance.
Hailing from Oklahoma, Russell had been into music since early childhood. He first started playing the piano when he was just four years old. He started performing at the nightclubs of Tulsa at fourteen while simultaneously attending Will Rogers High School. This was the start of his music career. Russell was also a part of The Starlighters, a group consisting of Chuck Blackwell, Leo Feathers, J.J. Cale and Johnny Williams. With The Starlighters, Russell played an instrumental role in the making of a new music style known as the Tulsa Sound.
In the early 60s, Russell moved to Los Angeles where he spent some time with James Burton who taught him the art of playing the guitar. Soon after that, Russell became a session musician and worked as a pianist with many notable artists of that period. These included The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, The Ventures, The Beach Boys, Ray Charles and Gary Lewis to name a few. Playing with many different artists helped Russell understand and play many genres like blues, rock ‘n’ roll and gospel.
After working as a successful session musician, Russell went on to try his luck as an arranger and a songwriter. He became the creative developer of Snuff Garrett and worked with Gary Lewis and The Playboys on their hit single "This Diamond Ring." He also penned two of the top charting singles, "Everybody Loves a Clown" and "She’s Just My Style," for the same artist. As a songwriter, his first commercial success came in 1969. This was when Joe Cracker released his hit album "Joe Cocker" which was arranged and produced by Russell. He also accompanied Joe Cocker on his Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour.
By the time Russel returned from the Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour, he was all set to introduce himself as a solo recording artist. In 1970, his first solo album titled "Leon Russell" was released under Shelter Records. The single "A Song for You" was an instant hit and is still known as one of the best songs by Russell. To this day, a total of forty different versions of this song have been produced by artists like Ray Charles, The Carpenters, Peggy Lee, Whitney Huston, Helen Reddy, Willie Nelson, Elkie Brooks, Donny Hathaway, Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera and many more. The Temptations even named one of their albums after this song.
Russel’s next record "Leon Russell and The Shelter People" came out in 1971. Released under Shelter Records, this album turned out to be very successful. It reached number seventeen on the Billboard Hot 200 and was eventually certified gold. The same year, he released "Asylum Choir II" which was co-produced by Marc Benno and also played on numerous recording sessions with Bob Dylan, B. B. King and Eric Clapton. In 1977, Russell received a Grammy Award nomination for "This Masquerade," a song which was recorded by many artists like George Benson, The Carpenters and Helen Reddy.
Since 2008, Russell has been working with Elton John on a number of projects. They released "The Union," their first album together in 2009. It was Russell’s first musical work after many years which gained him much acclaim and praise. He is now ready to make an on stage appearance this year to perform some of the hits from his latest album. So hurry up and get the Leon Russell tickets to catch this dynamic singer live.