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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Wally, Jun 29, 2020.
I hVe been listening to this since the ‘70s...not often enough, though.
can't go wrong with Leon...picked up my acoustic on first tune causes I liked the little piano riff...Em
Leon was in the mix. He was in Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen and The Concert for Bangladesh. The first concert I attended was an all day festival with Leon. Mostly crappy bands and then Leon at the end. He had Billy Preston with him. It was a good show. I was 13.
Leon was a genius pianist, guitarist, singer, songwriter, bandleader...a talent like we may never see again!
I had read interviews of Leon Russell and he spoke of what an influence Ray Charles had been to him. What an honor when Ray Charles played and performed Leon's music. Leon was hugely underrated as a musician and song writer. I enjoy his' music and his' piano stylings.
The video of him and John Mayer is fabulous.
He left us many great gifts.
by....someone that didn't know a damn thing!
Russell Bridges is the man.
he was not only in Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Leon put that band together. The album was recorded two weeks after rehearsals for the tour began. That band was Leon’s, in effect.
I was named after him...
Will O' The Wisp, with "Back to the Island," is as original and authentic a creation as there is. I think of Leon Russell much like Steve Winwood, another favorite, not because their music is similar, but because their musicality is so broad, inclusive, and original. You can imagine them playing with anybody; you can imagine their version of just about any song ever written being remarkable. I was lucky to see Leon Russell with his own group at the height of his powers, and it was a unique and awesome experience -- a real privilege.
In fact, here is a recording of a session in L.A. from 1970 in which one can see many of the people who were in the Mad Dogs and Englishmen band that Leon put together for Cocker. the story of how Mad Dogs and Englishmen happened is interesting. Cocker had just come off the road with The Grease Band. That was the end of that band with Cocker. Cocker was in L.A. taking a break when his manager called and said that a tour had been scheduled...in like three weeks. Cocker said something like...’I don’t have a band!’.
the next day, Cocker got a call from Leon who told him that he had heard that Joe needed a band and that Leon could put it all together. Two weeks later they recorded that album...before they hit the road for the tour.
My vote for one of the greatest records of all time. @Wally - that Homewood video and this album also sport the great, and staggeringly beautiful, Claudia Lennear. I immediately fell in love with her when I saw that Homewood video broadcast on PBS in the early 70s. She's from Providence RI, and was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame last year. She's in "Twenty Feet From Stardom" and I was 8 feet from her! lol
Leon was great! I am reading a Tom Petty book, I never realized that Leon was very involved with Tom Petty's career at one point. Tom used to house sit when Leon was on the road, and Leon let Tom use his home recording studio while he was gone. Tom made lots of demos there that became big songs of his. Never knew the connection at all.
Elton John has acknowledged the positive influence and aid that Leon gave to him in John’s early days when trying to make it in the industry. And then.....way back in the day....Leon played on many recordings that many of us would not have suspected....with Frank Sinatra for one. Leon Russell Was and remains a large figure in the music industry...may he RIP.
Look at who is on that Shelter People....many of the same folks. Russell had a core of musical associates that he had built up during his recording days in L.A. check out the guitarists....
Carney was one of my most played...tapes. Great album!
Such a brilliant song writer.
Oh no, I ain't crying, those aren't tears in my eyes.................I'm not lonesome, my cricket and me.