Leon Russell To Be Inducted In Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

February 10th, 2011 - 8:15 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
elton-john-leon-russell-bw-532x367Feb 10, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Leon Russell the Oklahoma music icon will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Elton John the iconic British pop superstar. The event will take place next months as it has been announced. The ceremony will be held on March 14th this year. A native of Lawton, Leon Russell has excelled as pianist, song writer and singer in his long career. He spent his young years in Tulsa and started his career in music at the age of 14. In the 1960s he was at the peek of his career. Even in the 1970s he did a number of tours and performed with artists like George Harrison. His albums released at the time were also well accepted by the fans.

The upcoming induction into the coveted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a recognition of the resurgence in his career. As a matter of fact Elton John has played a pivotal role behind this. He did a joint album with Leon Russell which was produced by T Bone Burnett. The singers are vying for the Grammy award for the track “If It Wasn’t For Bad” which is from “The Union”. It made its position at number 3 of the Billboard U.S. Chart in 2010. Leon Russell is getting his entry in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for Musical Excellence. Other musical geniuses who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame are Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper Band, Art Rupe and Tom Waits.

The induction event will be at New York which is expected to be in media spotlight. Many music industry veterans feel this award was long deserved by Leon Russell.

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