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Leon Russell’s music career goes back 50 years and includes collaborations with a virtual who’s who of well-known musicians.

“Leon has played on pop, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, standards, gospel, and surf records,” according to an online biography. “As a session musician, arranger, producer, singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, record company owner, bandleader, and touring musician, he has collaborated with hundreds of artists.

“Leon Russell is a music legend and perhaps the most accomplished and versatile musician in the history of rock ‘n roll. In his distinguished and unique 50 year career, he has played on, arranged, written and/or produced some of the best records in popular music.”

The 71-year-old has written songs that have made the charts in a variety of genres and have been covered by a range of other artists, including Ray Charles recording “A Song For You,” B.B. King’s “Hummingbird,” The Carpenters performing “Superstar” and Joe Cocker with “Delta Lady.”

The Oklahoma native tours nonstop and continues to write and record songs. In 2010, he released “The Union” with Elton John, which revitalized both mens’ careers.

“Leon’s musical style is still resonating with his lifelong fans and is inspiring younger listeners who are discovering his music from either the ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ or ‘Concert For Bangladesh’ DVDs,” according to the biography.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 18, 2013 12:59PM Published Oct 18, 2013 07:13PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.