Yet ANOTHER RIP: Leon Russell Dead at 74

Leon Russell, who wrote, produced and/or played with The Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra and many others died Saturday night (November 12) at the age of 74. He was friends with all the Beatles and recorded his own music.

Russell went through bypass surgery this past summer and was supposed to have resumed touring in the New Year. His wife, Jan Bridges, released this statement today (November 13).

“We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this very, very difficult time. My husband passed in his sleep in our Nashville home. He was recovering from heart surgery in July and looked forward to getting back on the road in January. We appreciate everyone’s love and support.”

The last time Russell performed live was July 10 in Nashville.

More Russell can be found here and here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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