Leon Russell Net Worth
Leon Russell Net Worth: Leon Russell is an American songwriter and musician who has a net worth of $600 thousand dollars. Claude Russell Bridges (aka Leon Russell) was born April 2, 1942 in Lawton, Oklahoma. Russell began his musical career at the age of 14 in the nightclubs of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He and his group The Starlighters, which included J.J. Cale, Leo Feathers, Chuck Blackwell and Johnny Williams, were instrumental in creating the style of music known as the Tulsa Sound. After settling in Los Angeles, Russell studied guitar with American Rock and Roll and Rockabilly Hall of Fame guitarist James Burton. In his early career, Leon Russell was mostly known as a session musician, playing on tracks for artists such as Jan & Dean, Gary Lewis, George Harrison, Gram Parsons, Delaney Bramlett, Ringo Starr, Doris Day, Elton John, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, The Ventures, Willie Nelson, Badfinger, Tijuana Brass, Frank Sinatra, The Band, Bob Dylan, J.J. Cale, B.B. King, Dave Mason, Glen Campbell, and The Rolling Stones. By 1970 he had graduated to a solo recording artist, although he still kept up his previous roles within the music industry. Russell was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, March 14, 2011. Russell's current band line-up includes long-time bass player Jackie Wessel, Brandon Holder on drums, multi-instrumentalist Beau Charron and grandson Payton Goodner on percussion. Pixies vocalist Black Francis credits Russell with influencing his vocal style, quoted as saying, "I realize there's a certain kind of vocalizing I do that takes its cue from Leon Russell. He sang in a southern accent but it was very blown-out and exaggerated, very free and loose."