Russell performing in 2010 (above). The music he made on his own put a scruffy, casual surface on rich musical hybrids, interweaving soul, country, blues, jazz, gospel, pop and classical music.
LEON Russell, the long-haired, scratchy-voiced pianist, guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who moved from playing countless recording sessions to making hits on his own, died Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 74.
His website said he had died in his sleep but gave no...