Leon Russell, R.I.P.
Legendary rocker Leon Russell has died, apparently of complications from recent heart surgery. He was a musician, writer and singer, writing hit songs for others, notably Joe Cocker. He played with the most significant artists for decades. He always struck me as a man grown old before his time, and it wasn’t just his long white hair and beard that made me feel that way. There was a weariness behind his music that not even the rousing rendition of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” with which he often ended his performances could overcome.