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Leon Russell, rock’n’roll pianist and songwriter, dies aged 74 | Music | The Guardian

(THE GUARDIAN) November 13, 2016 — Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee played on dozens of pop hits and was Elton John’s ‘biggest influence as a piano player, a singer and a songwriter’

Leon Russell, who emerged in the 1970s as one of rock’n’roll’s most dynamic performers after playing anonymously on dozens of pop hits as a much in-demand studio pianist in the 1960s, died on Sunday at the age of 74, according to his website.

Russell, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, died in his sleep in Nashville, Tennessee, his wife said in a statement on the website.

Russell had endured health problems in his later years, undergoing surgery to stop leaking brain fluid in 2010 and suffering a heart attack in July 2016.

Source: Leon Russell, rock’n’roll pianist and songwriter, dies aged 74 | Music | The Guardian