Leon Russell

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This space could easily be filled by simply listing the artists who’ve been touched by Leon Russell. The 71-year-old 2011 Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame inductee has covered, written for, collaborated with or been paid tribute to by hundreds of artists and penned songs loved the world over. A Tulsa, Okla., man through and through, Russell’s ascent to stardom found a catalyst in 1960s-‘70s Los Angeles, where he was a session musician for all kinds of great bands and records. Not only does he play piano—his specialty—but he’s also snagged credits on guitar, bass, vocals, arranging and, of course, songwriting.

Russell’s big solo breakthrough came in 1970 with his self-titled debut. Its first track: “A Song For You,” which has been made extra-iconic by Donny Hathaway (or maybe Aretha, Willie, Mavis, Ray or Cher). Even before that, Russell had found success penning “Delta Lady” for Joe Cocker and “Superstar,” kicked into heavenly territory by The Carpenters’ famous cover, plus versions by Luther Vandross, David Sanborn and a dozen others. George Benson’s take on Russell’s “This Masquerade,” also remade by a few choice acts, brought him more glory on the Billboard charts. After fading from the spotlight, Russell popped back up with 2010’s Elton John collaboration, the acclaimed double album The Union. And he dropped a new LP, Snapshot, just last month.

His gigantic and classically American songbook will undoubtedly get the love it deserves tonight, and tried and true music fans will be blessed with a rare opportunity to catch a genuine legend in action. / BILL CHENEVERT

8pm. $37.50 & $47.50. With Hot Tuna. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215.572.7650. keswicktheatre.com
 

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Friday, January 10, 2014
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