Call him a bard if you can? Inspirational, guru-like? That's what I thought. Well-endowed with a long beard, silver now, he is an enigma.
Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges) is an American singer, musician and songwriter who recorded as a sessionist and maintained a solo career too. He has 31 albums and recorded about 430 songs. More than 100 artistes have recorded *A Song For You (1970), a song Elton John called an American classic and one recognizable hit that's truly Russell.
*I actually heard it in a New Zealand coffee house while having tea with some friends. Not much into rock and gruff-voice sound, I asked a friend who the singer was. He was surprised I didn't know Russell. I told him my singers were Dean Martin, Elvis and Bobby Vee and he laughed.
"Bluesy though..." came the reply. Yes, nice.
A Song for You has been recorded by, Andy Williams, Carpenters, Willie Nelson, Temptations, Donna Summers, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock (with Christina Aguilera).