USA Today: Musician Leon Russell has died at 74

From USA Today

Musician Leon Russell has died at 74

According to posts on his official website and Facebook page, singer, songwriter, and musician Leon Russell died Sunday morning in his sleep at his Nashville home. The Southern rock icon was 74.Russell, a member of the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, performed and recorded with a wide-ranging roster of performers including Elton John, Willie Nelson and the New Grass Revival.Claude Russell Bridges was born in Lawton, Okla., on April 2, 1942. He began learning piano at the age of four; by his early teens, he was playing in Tulsa nightclubs. Following his high school graduation, Russell toured with Jerry Lee Lewis for a few months, then moved to Los Angeles and found work as a session musician. As part of the Wrecking Crew, a collective of elite studio musicians, Russell played piano on a number of hit songs.