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Primary instruments[edit]

I altered this write up. Seems the original author forgot Leon plays piano and keyboards. That is his primary instrument always has been. Otherwise it is a nice write up. Thanks

Omission from discography[edit]

JLH: Isn't LEON LIVE missing from the discography? Of all the Leon albums to leave off...

  • Fixed some time ago, thank you. Telecine Guy 21:23, 3 September 2015 (UTC)


If anyone can tell me on which album(s) Clapton played, I'd like to (or for you to) add it to the discography. It doesn't need to have its own page, a lot of them don't. Thanks. MightyMoose22 >Abort, Retry, Fail?_ 10:13, 4 June 2006 (UTC)

Eric played on Leon's self-titled solo album. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Thank you. MightyMoose22 >Abort, Retry, Fail?_ 10:22, 26 July 2006 (UTC)

This Masquerade[edit]

The article makes it sound as though Russell wrote "This Masquerade" in 1976. Some readers might construe he wrote it for George Benson. The song appeared on his "Carney" album, which was released in 1972.

I don't see the song mentioned at all at this point - a glaring omission - unless I missed it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:16, 20 March 2011 (UTC)

  • Fixed today, thank you. Telecine Guy 21:24, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

Paragraph 10 link to The Wedding Album ...[edit]

... takes you to a listing for a Duran Duran album ... and since I have no idea what I am doing here I can't figure out how to get that message to the powers that be ... figured leaving it here might get it across ... Thanks!

Inconsistency here…

Leon Russell (born Claude Ruby Bridges on April 2,

Birth name: Claude Russell Bridges

which is it??

Xodiaq 18:29, 28 May 2007 (UTC) x

  • Claude Russell Bridges. Fixed some time ago.Telecine Guy 21:22, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

Too Tulsa-centric[edit]

The article seems to focus too much on Russell's relationship with Tulsa and his role in Oklahoma life than on his musical career, which is why he's here at all. Do we really need to know about his former houses? Rodparkes 01:27, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

I think you've got a valid point here, especially in respect to the houses.
Re: "The home is now owned by Tulsa chiropractor and Leon Russell enthusiast Dr. F.J. Huskey.":
Although real-estate agents would like you to believe otherwise, you can sell only a house; you can't sell a home--or, as Burt Bacharach and Hal David once put it, "A House is not a Home".
Re: "...a fond reminder of the days gone by for the now-grown kids in Oklahoma.":
I can't help wondering if one of these "now-grown kids" is the author of this passage--and similar passages. It doesn't belong in wikipedia. TheScotch 06:49, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

I'm not much bothered about that stuff, one way or the other. I was just undoing the work of a vandal and of a banned user. Best regards. -- Lonewolf BC 06:50, 23 June 2007 (UTC)

The history strikes me as fairly convoluted here, and I'm not sure I quite follow it. Anyway, Rodparkes's last edit seems to have improved this part of the article considerably. TheScotch 05:43, 24 June 2007 (UTC)

Leon's first songwriting hit: "This Diamond Ring" from 1964 for Gary Lewis & The Playboys. I've been a fan for 40 years, he's the BEST!!! Penoops (talk) 21:42, 1 February 2010 (UTC)Penny

Enjoyed this article[edit]

Kudos to the editors! There is on u-tube a version of "A Song For You" with Leon Russell, Willie Nelson and Ray Charles, which you editors might enjoy. It is my favorite. Do not know how to link it or I would. Great article - one of my favorite (although somewhat unappreciated) artists. Glad to see an article about him! Mugginsx (talk) 12:36, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

Have to second the above, Great Article! Thanks to all the editors who put it together.

Cheryl Hugle (talk) 19:21, 9 May 2013 (UTC) Cheryl Hugle

I was fascinated to see what a varied and impressive career this artist has had, but I think too many people have tinkered with the article and many of them cannot write grammatical English, which does the subject no favours. Also, it is strange to have both a table-format discography and a lot of individual entries for albums as free-standing paragraphs. Poor for style. COuld do better.IvanTheGrumpy (talk) 13:55, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

There are still issues with the article but it used to be much worse. I spent a bit of time fixing some of the grammatical/style issues. It's a byproduct of the community ownership model. At least we've got all this good information in one place with links to more. Bob Caldwell CSL (talk) 14:07, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

Sugaree Noel is following her father footprints![edit]

Earlier this year Leons middle daughter Surgaree released her first album "The American Dream" I have a copy of this that I got from his offical site. You can hear so much of her father in her even though their muscal styles are totally different. I think any Russell fans will enjoy hearing her. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:16, 11 March 2010 (UTC)

Step children?[edit]

Almost 15 years ago, I made the acquaintance of someone by the name of "Nick" who claimed to be a step child? of Leon. If anyone has information about this, please post. Nick borrowed my 30+ year old Harmony guitar and never returned it. Contacting Leon (rather his staff) has not proved to be successful. (talk) 19:04, 9 February 2011 (UTC)


In first reading the career section, it seemed to be a veiled attempt to create a biography for Russell to promote him as a sideman for the purpose of his Rock'n'roll Hall of Fame Sideman Inducteeship. Example: I added a paragraph about his 1972 tour as a soloist and it was deleted IN TOTAL as "fluff". Granted it was a bit overly colorful but the fact of the 1972 tour and the recording of "Leon Live" deserved mention. It should have been edited but not completely deleted. Russell was considered a rockstar in his own right in the early 70's. (Tulsa Area Archives at referers to this period as Russell's "Solo years"). So I just now re-added a fully referenced redo of my '72 tour paragraph that is as unfluffy as possible.( The November 4 1972 issue of Billboard refs. that $3 million tour gross, which was a huge sum at that time.) Russell's "solo" live shows at stadium venues are not ancient history. This period is memorable and significant. Leon's work behind the scenes is fascinating, and he has been duly honored for it. But his superstar solo status from 1972 to about 1974 stands out, and shouldn't be buried by spin doctoring. Kgenereux (talk) 04:41, 8 May 2011 (UTC)

With no prejudice against the content of the paragraph you added, you say it is "fully referenced" when it appears not to be referenced at all. The current version does look quite verifiable, so all it needs is a nice little inline reference. The Billboard issue would work for that, if you have page numbers and so on. Please take a look at WP:CITE for how to do this, and feel free to ask me or someone else if you get stuck. (Fwiw, the article could use quite a few more sources, as well as a copyedit. I'll try to get around to that soon.) Rivertorch (talk) 05:13, 8 May 2011 (UTC)

Thanks again Rivertorch. Finally back here. I added some citations for that billboard business. Also noted his work as an arranger and added a billboard ref for that as well. You might also notice, I did some editing, so I hope you deem it worthy. Trying not to rewrite except where a big improvement can be gained. Doing my best to not step on original author'e toes, but see what you think. Kgenereux (talk) 19:34, 15 May 2011 (UTC)

Step away (on toes, I mean). There's a lot of info here, and kudos to any and all who have compiled it. It is not presented or organized well, however, and I see a lengthy road ahead. Am about halfway through a rough copyedit now. Lots more to do (including sourcing). Rivertorch (talk) 08:51, 18 May 2011 (UTC)

Did a little more toe stepping...fixing a little of this and that. I can try to help you seek out some unbiased references for some of the info here...Kgenereux (talk) 01:55, 19 May 2011 (UTC)

Concert tickets[edit]

I moved the following text

(It might be noted that in 1972, the average concert ticket was $5.00.) <ref name="Billboard Magazine">[ Billboard, "The Earnest Promoter", December 15,1973, p.14). </ref>

out of the article and over here for discussion. I think I understand why it was added—to illustrate that $3 million was a lot of money back in the day—but am finding it sort of jarring; it sounds as if most readers (blissfully unaware of inflation) will dismiss $3 million as peanuts without being reminded that the dollar just isn't what it used to be. What I think would be preferable would be some sort of ranking (e.g., nth biggest concert draw in 1972) or comparison (grossed more than everyone but x, y, and z). If the Billboard article provides such info, great. If not, maybe the ticket price sentence can just be reworded somehow. Rivertorch (talk) 05:42, 31 May 2011 (UTC)


The 30-year gap does need to be addressed in the article. Perhaps only briefly, and certainly with great care, but it should be addressed. Rivertorch (talk) 06:26, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

  • Fixed, you are welcome, thank you, Telecine Guy 21:19, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

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