Legendary musician Leon Russell dies at 74


    Leon Russell died in his sleep at the age of 74. (MGN/Carl Lender)

    NASHVILLE (KTUL) -- The family of Leon Russell has announced the death of the Tulsa native and Hall of Fame rocker Leon Russell Sunday. His wife said he died in his sleep.


    The rocker had suffered a heart-attack in July, and had a bypass surgery shortly after.

    Russell was known for his rock, blues and country music world-wide. Some of his hits include "Tight Rope," "Delta Lady" and "A Song for You." His career has spanned more than 50 years.

    He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame and Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2011.

    The Oklahoma man started taking piano lessons when he was 4. After playing nightclubs in Tulsa, he moved to Los Angeles as a teen and started working with musicians and producers in Hollywood. Through his career he's worked with top artists in every genre including Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Ike & Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, and Frank Sinatra.

    He was 74.


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