Elton John Inducts Leon RussellElton John Inducts Leon Russell at the 2011 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Elton John Inducts Leon Russell00:11:39
Leon Russell Acceptance Speech00:01:33
"A Song For You"00:03:36
Hall of Fame Essay
The names and stories come in steady, unhurried succession through a deep, gritty drawl, like a lazy river rolling over a bed of rattling stones—during lunch, between takes at a recording session, and back in his Nashville living room as Leon Russell sits in a padded-leather lounge chair, idly stroking his snow-white beard as he talks.
“I don’t think of my story or history,” the singer-pianist-songwriter-producer, now 68, claims at one point. “It reminds me of my mortality, and I don’t like to think about that.” He adds a rumbling laugh for emphasis—then keeps going.
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