Musicians React to Leon Russell's Death on Social Media

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Leon Russell playing guitar live at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo in November 1973.

Musicians and celebrities and mourning the loss of legendary songwriter and performer Leon Russell, who died in Nashville Saturday (Nov. 12) at the age of 74.

In addition to recording hits like “Tight Rope” and “Lady Blue,” Russell also produced and played on recording sessions for Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra and the Rolling Stones. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

“My darling Leon Russell passed away last night. He was a mentor, inspiration & so kind to me. I loved him and always will,” Elton John, who collaborated with Russell on the 2010 album The Union, tweeted Sunday.

Read more tributes below from Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Charlie Daniels, Steven Martin, Chuck Woolery and many others.

Charlie Wilson: "It hurt my heart to hear of Leon's passing. He gave the GAP Band our start and took us from clubs to arenas and stadiums. I learned so much from him that will always stay with me. He will definitely be missed and I am blessed to have worked with him. I will never forget Leon Russell & the GAP Band Live in Concert."


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