Rocker Leon Russell dies in Nashville

US musician Leon Russell, a top session player in the 1960s and 70s who later had a successful solo career with such hits as Tight Rope and Lady Blue, has died at the age of 74.

Leon Russell Records told the Associated Press that he died in Nashville on Saturday night.

The star had heart bypass surgery in July and was recovering from that at the time of his death.

Leon Russell (Sue Ogrocki/AP/Press Association Images)
Leon Russell (Sue Ogrocki/AP/Press Association Images)

Leon was primarily a keyboard player. He played back up for Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys and many other artists.

John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr played on his solo debut, Leon Russell.

His concerts often ended with a rousing version of Jumpin' Jack Flash.

Billboard Magazine listed Leon as the top concert attraction in the world in 1973. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

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