A Song for You

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Leon Russell
Studio album by Leon Russell
Released 23 March 1970 (1970-03-23) (US)
24 April 1970 (UK)
Recorded September 1969 – January 1970 at Olympic Studios, London; Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles; Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles; Wally Heider Studios, Los Angeles and Ardent Studios, Memphis[1]
Genre Pop, rock
Length 38:47 (Track one: "A Song for You" 4:08)
Label Shelter Records (US)
A&M (UK)
Producer Leon Russell
Leon Russell chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [2]
"A Song for You"
Single by Andy Williams
from the album You've Got a Friend
B-side "You've Got a Friend"
Released August 1971
Genre Vocal
Length 3:12
Label Columbia 45434
Songwriter(s) Leon Russell
Producer(s) Dick Glasser
Andy Williams singles chronology
"(Where Do I Begin) Love Story"
"A Song for You"
"Love Is All"
"(Where Do I Begin) Love Story"
"A Song for You"
"Love Is All"

"A Song for You" is a song written and originally recorded by rock singer 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.[3]

One of the first versions of the song that brought it broader attention was by Andy Williams, whose single peaked at #29 on the adult contemporary chart and #82 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971.[4] Ray Charles recorded a version that earned him the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.


Chart (2005) Peak
US Smooth Jazz 19
Chart (2008) Peak
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[5] 61

Cover versions[edit]

Herbie Hancock and Christina Aguilera version[edit]

"A Song for You"
Song by Herbie Hancock and Christina Aguilera
from the album Possibilities
Released August 2005
Genre Jazz
Length 7:05
Label Vector
Songwriter(s) Leon Russell
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Jessica Hancock
  • John Alagía
  • Bob Brockman
  • Yaron Fuchs
  • Bryce Goggin
  • Steven "Steven J." Jordan
  • Rob Lucas
  • Alan Mintz
  • Greg Phillinganes
  • Paul Simon

This version performed by Herbie Hancock features singer Christina Aguilera. Released in August 2005, from Hancock's 45th studio album Possibilities, Aguilera and Hancock were nominated for the 48th Grammy Awards in category "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals".

Bizzy Bone featuring DMX and Chris Notez[edit]

"A Song for You"
A Song for You (Bizzy Bone song).jpg
Single by Bizzy Bone featuring DMX and Chris Notez
from the album A Song for You
Released March 18, 2008 (U.S.)
Recorded 2007
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:58
  • L. Russell
  • B. McCane
  • E. Simmons
Bizzy Bone featuring DMX and Chris Notez singles chronology
"Thugz Cry"
"A Song for You"
"Thugz Cry"
"A Song for You"

"A Song for You", which features DMX and Chris Notez, is the first official single from rapper, Bizzy Bone's album of the same name. It is sampled from Donny Hathaway's 1971 rendition.

Music video[edit]

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.


  1. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Leon-Russell-Leon-Russell/release/8017477
  2. ^ A Song for You at AllMusic
  3. ^ 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 ..."
  4. ^ "Billboard Singles". All Media Guide / Billboard. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 

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