Leon Russell, Elton John form ‘Union’

Leon Russell

By Chris M. Junior

Talk about a long overdue project: Leon Russell, an L.A. studio session standout during the 1960s before achieving solo success in the 1970s, has teamed with fellow piano legend Elton John to record an album.

The Russell-John effort, titled “The Union,” is due Oct. 19 on Decca Records.

John told Billboard.com that working with Russell was a “humbling and moving experience.” John also talked about touring with Russell next year and the possibility of recording a follow-up to “The Union.”

Russell met John in 1970 when he attended John’s first-ever U.S. show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, and they subsequently toured together.

Forty years later, they’ve reunited for a 16-track album, which was produced by T Bone Burnett.

“Elton called to ask if I would do a duet album with him,” Russell said in a press release issued July 6. “I’m very happy that he chose me to do this.”

Neil Young and Brian Wilson make guest appearances on the album.


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