Leon Russell, legendary American songwriter, performer, and studio musician, has passed away at the age of 74.
According to FOX News Entertainment, Russell’s wife, Janet Lee Constantine, informed Leon Russell Records of the musician’s death, which occurred in the night, November 13, in Nashville, Tennessee. The record company had swiftly reported the news of Russell’s death to The Associated Press in an email.
An excerpt of a statement posted on his official website reads as follows:
“Leon Russell died on Nov. 13, 2016 in Nashville at the age of 74. His wife said that he passed away in his sleep. The Master Of Space And Time was a legendary musician and songwriter originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma who performed his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for over 50 years.”
The multi-instrumentalist and Grammy-winning artist who was inducted in the Songwriter’s Hall of fame, as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, five years ago in 2011, had reportedly undergone heart bypass surgery earlier this summer after he had suffered a heart attack.
Leon Russell was responsible for lending his musical talents as a producer and session musician for a number of famed artists such as The Rolling stones, Bob Dylan, Ike and Tina Turner, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, and Elton John who he collaborated with on Sir Elton’s 2010 30th studio album The Union.
Russell had also recorded a number of hits of his own, which saw chart topping success like “A Song for You” (1970), “One More Love Song” (1979), “Delta Lady” (1970), and “Tight Rope” (1972).