The year is 1999, and Leon Russell is coming to perform at the New York State Blues Festival in downtown Syracuse’s Clinton Square.
I bag a phone interview to write a preview story for the big daily.
So in my preparation, I see that Mr. Russell doesn’t do many interviews any more. In fact, some folks have started calling him the R word. As in recluse.
This music writer slips that into our phone conversation.
Leon Russell answers me, in that great raspy voice of his:
“I’m talking to you, aren’t I? Perhaps you’re a recluse, too.”
Gotten by a great.
I brought it up again for another story before he came to Syracuse again in 2012. I got to review his show in the Westcott Theater in 2012, too.
Leon Russell died Sunday at the age of 74.
RIP, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, great voice always.
What’s your favorite song performed by Leon Russell, and why? What’s a good one-liner somebody has gotten off on you? What’s your favorite song written by Leon Russell and performed by somebody else, and why?