Leon Russell in good condition after surgery
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
1/16/13 at 2:15 AM
Tulsa Sound icon Leon Russell has been hospitalized for brain surgery, sources confirmed with the Tulsa World. According to his Web site, leonrussellrecords.com, he is in good condition and should be home in a few days.
"Leon is recovering after successful surgery on Monday to relieve a chronic condition," the Web site announced late Tuesday. "He is doing fine and resting in the hospital in good condition. He is expected to be released from the hospital in a few days."
His plans to record an album with Elton John, Bernie Taupin and T-Bone Burnett are also still a go, the site says.
"Leon is looking forward to beginning studio recording sessions during the last half of this month through February with Elton John, Bernie Taupin and T-Bone Burnett. He and his band will resume touring at the beginning of March."
The World first learned of Russell's hospitalization from Steve Ripley's "Oklahoma Rock and Roll with Steve Ripley" Facebook page. That page was updated early Tuesday.
"Uncle Leon spent 5 hours in surgery yesterday. I trust the Oklahoma Rock and Roll family will keep Leon in their hearts and minds for the next few days," wrote family friend Steve Ripley on his "Oklahoma Rock and Roll with Steve Ripley" fan site on the Facebook social networking site.
Russell was hospitalized for surgery for a brain fluid leak and treatment for heart failure and pneumonia, reportedly in California.
Also, the often-on-tour musician has canceled a string of upcoming club dates, confirmed Rick Booth, who has booked several club-size shows for Russell.
Brian Lee, a longtime Tulsa keyboardist and part of Russell's touring band, confirmed that Russell underwent surgery on Monday and is recuperating.
"He did get through the surgery, and at this point we're just praying for a smooth and quick recovery," Lee said via phone during a Tuesday interview with the Tulsa World.
Lee also said a string of shows in North Carolina and along the East Coast have been canceled.
Russell recently announced tour dates that should roll through Osage Million Dollar Elm on April 24, tour industry tracker Pollstar Pro reported. He is also to perform at the Norman Music Festival on April 25 on Norman's Main Street.
In 2009, Elton John let slip on Elvis Costello's talk show that he had tentative plans to record with Russell on a new album, to be produced by T-Bone Burnett.
Claude Russell Bridges was born April 2, 1942, in Lawton. He is well-known professionally as an American pianist, guitarist, songwriter and singer and a founder of the Tulsa Sound, a bluesy blend of country, rock, folk and rockabilly.
He has toured, recorded, produced and performed with a litany of famous artists over the years, including everyone from Eric Clapton to Bob Dylan, Ricky Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Phil Spector, Tom Petty, The Beach Boys, Badfinger, The Byrds, the Beach Boys, B.B. King, George Harrison and more.
Through the 1960s and 70s, Russell owned the famous Church Recording Studio on Third Street in Tulsa, which has hosted many famous musicians, including members of the Beatles.
Leon Russell is apparently recovering from illness and recent surgery. Tulsa World file