Thursday, December 16, 2010

Leon Russell Inducted Into Rock Hall of Fame

Tulsa native Leon Russell is one of eight artists who have been selected for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, it was announced today.

Russell will be inducted with the Award for Musical Excellence Award.

Russell has produced dozens of albums over the past five decades, including the most recent -- "The Union", a collaboration with Elton John that debuted No. 3 on the Billboard U.S. chart.

In addition, the single "If It Wasn't For Bad", has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.

The duo recently played the BOK Center as part of a world tour in support of the album and Russell mad e a solo stop earlier in the year at the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino.

Russell was born in Lawton, but spent much of his youth in Tulsa, attending Will Rogers High School and playing at Tulsa nightclubs.

He would go on to a career that saw him play with such artists as Eric Clapton, Elton John, Willie Nelson, The Beach Boys, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell and the Rolling Stones.

Last month, Russell had a street in Tulsa named for him. Part of Third Street between Peoria and Utica in the Pearl District was renamed "Leon Russell Road". Russell had his Church Studios in the Pearl District.

The others who will be inducted with Russell at this year's ceremony are Alice Cooper Band, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love, Tom Waits, Jac Holzman and Art Rupe. The induction ceremonies will take place March 14, 2011, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.


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