Leon Russell was already performing at the age of 14, with J.J.Cale, creating what was to be called the Tulsa Sound. In the Early 60's he however decided to move to Los Angeles and study Guitar. Phil Spector picked him up and turned him into one of the most coveted Studio Musicians in the Area, playing in tracks by The Byrds and many others. He continued to play as a Session Musician for the rest of the sixties, by the end of it, he was already writing and composing his own songs that he would then give to other Musicians/Bands to play (his first Hit was a Joe Cocker Song, he wrote, composed and Produced). He finally became a Musician on his own in 1970, getting some really successful songs, that would end up being covered by over 40 Musicians. This Early 70's years were extremely active for him, as apart from his Solo career he also had two active Projects, also releasing Albums regularly. Carney features some of his best known songs and got him on the number 2 Slot in the Charts.
Best Tracks - "Tight Rope", "Out In The Woods", "Manhattan Island Serenade", "Roller Derby", "This Masquerade" and "Magic Mirror". Russell always seemed like a weird Musician to me. I had a strange aversion to his Debut, probably due to extended use of the Piano, which i hate. Carney also has quite too much Piano for me, but the Songs have evolved a lot more and now become interesting and strong Compositions.
Leon Russel (Carney Personnel):- Leon Russell – Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Piano.
- Don Preston – Guitar, Vocals.
- Carl Radle – Bass.
- Chuck Blackwell – Drums.
- Joey Cooper – Guitar.
- Jim Keltner – Drums.
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