"A Song for You" is a song written and originally recorded by rocksinger-songwriter and pianist Leon Russell for his first solo album Leon Russell, which was released in 1970 on Shelter Records. A slow, pained plea for forgiveness and understanding from an estranged lover, the tune is one of Russell's best-known compositions. It has been performed and recorded by an array of artists, spanning many musical genres. Elton John has called the song an American classic.
Dusty Springfield recorded the song for possible inclusion on See All Her Faces but her unfinished recording remained shelved for almost 15 years until first issued on the Mercury 2CD compilation Something Special, 1 April 1996. Producers: Johnny Franz and Dusty Springfield.
Ray Charles: He recorded a poignant version of the song on his 1993 album My World. Released as a single, it reached #4 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, and won him a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Charles also performed the song at New York's Beacon Theatre on April 9, 2003, as part of Willie Nelson's 70th birthday tribute (released on DVD as Willie Nelson and Friends: Live & Kickin'). Leon Russell sang the first verse, Willie Nelson sang the second verse, and Charles sang the remainder of the song in this unforgettable performance. Nelson, who stood nearby during Charles' performance, was moved to tears.
Stacy Francis sang the song during the bootcamp stage of The X Factor USA. The audition was not aired entirely. Instead, the verse "'Cause my love is in there hiding" was shown. The judges said that it was an over-the-top performance. She still got through.
Bon Iver sang the song live on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon mixing it with Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 smash “I Can’t Make You Love Me”.
Jessie Campbell performed this song for his audition on "The Voice" for the 2012 season
Maika Maile from the band There For Tomorrow. He uploded a video on YouTube the 13th of March 2013. He dedicated this song to his mother.
The music video for "A Song for You" included Bizzy Bone, DMX and Chris Notez; the music video includes Chris Notez playing a grand piano in front of a big manor singing his lyrics in the chorus, Bizzy Bone, DMX and sometimes Chris Notez singing in a dimly lit big room with Bizzy Bone wearing a bright red jacket and DMX wearing a copper brown jacket. Lastly Bizzy Bone is often seen in a suit singing the song in front of a tombstone, which appears to be the gravesite of rapper Eazy-E.
^The Encyclopedia of Country Music 2012 "In 1970 Russell released his self-titled debut solo album, including such enduring songs as “Delta Lady” and “A Song for You,” both written for versatile vocalist Rita Coolidge. He followed with Leon Russell and the Shelter People (1971) and ..."