Leon Russell Tributes Led by Elton John, Gregg Allman

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Leon Russell’s death today at 74 has sparked an outpouring of emotion and grief from his fellow musicians. Perhaps the most prominent was the tweet from Elton John, who called Russell his “mentor” and “inspiration.” We’ve compiled some of our favorites to share with you, from classic rock legends to pop stars, and one from a performer whose own career really took off thanks to his cover of a Russell composition.

Related: A career-spanning conversation with Leon Russell from 2014

George Benson, whose breakthrough hit, “This Masquerade,” was written by Russell…

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Bill Wyman (on Facebook): Saying goodbye to a great and talented man, who I shared some wonderful times with.
I performed, together with Charlie Watts & Stevie Winwood, on his very first album and he generously performed on my first two solo albums ‘Monkey Grip’ & ‘Stone Alone’.

An unforgettable music genius.
Bill Wyman

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  1. Chuck
    #1 Chuck 14 November, 2016, 07:13

    “I’ve been so many places in my life and times…” RIP…

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  2. beus
    #2 beus 15 November, 2016, 20:54

    tower theater in sacramento had Mad Dogs and Englishmen every saturday midnight movie, and we went so many times…Leon was such a great bandleader, without looking like it…after reading more about him it is amazing the life he has…thank you, Master of Space and Time…we are better for you

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  3. Jon
    #3 Jon 16 November, 2016, 23:33

    Best of the best. Resurrect him and protect him. God bless the Master.

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  4. CC
    #4 CC 29 May, 2017, 00:22

    R.I.PLEON RUSSELL You ARE BEST SINGER AND SONG WRITER AND I REMEMBER A GREAT TIME I WATCH OVER YOUR COOLER With BOONES FARM APPLE WINE WHILE You WERE PERFORMING.

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