Sunday, November 13, 2016

Leon Russell Passes Away at Age 74

News travels very fast in this era of social media.  This morning I logged into Facebook and found out that Leon Russell passed away at age 74.  There was a link to the announcement on his offical web site.  There is a good obituary including a summary of his musical accomplishments from NPR.  Thus I will try to make this journal entry unique.

I searched Youtube and found a video of Leon at BB Kings in November 2011 praising Bob Dylan.   He said that Dylan taught him everything he knew about songwriting.

I had the pleasure of seing Leon in concert once in August 2011 when he opened for Bob Dylan at Jones Beach.  If you link to that journal entry there is a Youtube video of  his singing A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall.  Below is a Youtube video of Leon sing another Dylan composition Watching the River Flow.

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