Claude Russell Bridges (born April 2, 1942; Lawton, Oklahoma), known professionally as Leon Russell, is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, and guitarist.

Born in Lawton, Russell attended Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and began his musical career as a session musician, quickly gaining experience and becoming a high-end keyboardist in demand by notable artists from the 1960s to the present.

By the late 1960s, Russell diversified, first to writing songs, and then working his way from gigs as a sideman to joining bands as a full member. Eventually, he began solo recording, although he never ended all his previous roles within the music industry.

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1970 - September 15 issue of ZigZag
1970 - December 2 issue of Rolling Stone (#72)- cover story
1971 - January 30 - Melody Maker cover story
1971 - October 16 issue of New Musical Express
1971 - October 30 issue of Melody Maker
1971 - November issue of Beat Instrumental has a cover story
1972 - December issue of CREEM features the article Leon Russell: Mad Geek in Oil City
1972 - December 4 issue of Melody Maker features the article "Life With Leon"
1973 - December 1 issue of GoSet

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