Musician Leon Russell

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on February 19, 2006

Why has the great Leon Russell been passed up by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Fill us fans in on what Mr. Russell is up to.
—Nick Coby, Cle Elum, Wash.

Oklahoma-born Russell is being inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk this year, which sometimes is a preface to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So stay tuned. An accomplished piano player, showman and writer of classics such as Joe Cocker's "Delta Lady," George Benson's "Masquerade" and "A Song For You," recorded by Ray Charles, Russell still performs. But he hasn't released any new music since 2002, when he churned out three new albums, Moonlight and Love Songs, Crazy Love and Life and Love. He lives with his wife of 25 years, Jan, in Nashville, Tenn., where he's working on a new musical project.