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Leon Russell Net Worth

Leon Russell Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

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Leon Russell Wiki Biography

Born as Claude Russell Bridges on the 2nd April 1942, Leon Russell was a singer, pianist, songwriter and guitar player, whose career spanned more than 60 years, during which he released more than 30 albums, including the “Leon Russell and the Shelter People” (1971), “Carney” (1972), and “One for the Road” (1979). He created such hits as “A Song For You”, “Tight Rope”, and Heartbreak Hotel”. Leon Russell passed away in November 2016.

Have you ever wondered how rich Leon Russell was at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Russell’s net worth was as high as $600,000, an amount earned through his successful career in the music industry. Apart from working as a solo artist, Leon also worked as a session musician, and on account of that played for such musicians as the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra and many others.

Leon Russell Net Worth $600,000

At an early age Leon was introduced to the piano, and nurtured his talent from then until his death in 2016. He went to Will Rogers High School, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and there he met and befriended David Gates with whom he started a duo called Fencemen. Little by little Leon focused more on music and started playing in the nightclubs of Tulsa, with a fake ID, lent by a friend whose name was Leon, and he just assumed his name.

As he had outgrew the Tulsa nightclub scene, he moved to Los Angeles, where he would become one of the most sought-after session musicians of the ‘60s, and collaborated with countless popular musicians of the era.

However, he wanted to start out on his own, and in 1968 released an album with Marc Benno entitled “Look Inside the Asylum Choir”, while two years later he recorded his debut self-titled solo album, which reached No. 60 on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album spawned the eponymous hit “A Song for You”, which was subsequently covered by 100 artists, including Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles, Simply Red and Amy Winehouse among others.

After the debut he continued in the same way, with the album “Leon Russell and the Shelter People” (1971), which landed at No. 17 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and achieved gold status, which only increased Leon’s net worth. The following year he struck the world with his third album – “Carney” – which was in the top three on the US Billboard 200 chart and became his second gold album. Leon dominated the music scene throughout the ‘70s, and with albums such as “Stop All That Jazz” (1974), “Will O’ the Wisp” (1975), and “One for the Road” (1979) only cemented his place in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

However, after the ‘70s ended, his popularity began to decline, and although he stayed active in music during the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s, it wasn’t until 2010 that Leon had more success in music. That year, he released an album in collaboration with Elton John called “The Union”, which reached No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and achieved gold status in Canada and silver in the UK, increasing Leon’s net worth to a large degree. He produced music until his death, and was scheduled to start a tour in 2017, however, firstly heart surgery in mid- 2016 and then death on 13th November 2016 in his sleep, in Nashville, Tennessee, put the stop on his long and successful career.

In 2011 he was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and also into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Regarding his personal life, Leon was married to Janet Lee Constantine from 1983 until his death; the couple had three children. Previously, he was married to Mary McCreary from 1975 until 1980, and they also had three children.

Leon was known for his charitable work, which included The Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, among many other activities.

Full NameLeon Russell
Net Worth$600,000
Date Of BirthApril 2, 1942
DiedNovember 13, 2016, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Place Of BirthLawton, Oklahoma, U.S
Height5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
EducationWill Rogers High School
SpouseJanet Lee Constantine (m. 1983), Mary McCreary (m. 1975–1980)
ChildrenSugaree Noel Bridges, Coco Bridges, Tina Rose Bridges, Honey Bridges, Teddy Jack Bridges
NicknamesLeon Russel , Russell Bridges , Claude Russell Bridges , Russell, Leon , Bridges, Russell
AwardsGrammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance, A Song for You, Lady Blue, Back To The Island
NominationsGrammy Award for Song of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year, A Song for You, Lady Blue, Back To The Island
MoviesA Poem Is A Naked Person, Leon Russell: A Song for You, The Union, Dolly Parton and Friends: On the Country Train, When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?, JJ Cale: The Lost Session, Leon Russell & The New Grass Revival, Most Famous Hits: Willie Nelson & Leon Russell, Edgar Winter: Live on Stage
1Children: daughter Tina Rose and son Teddy Jack, with McCreary, daughters Sugaree Noel, Coco and Honey, with Constantine.
2Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 14, 2011. The other inductees were Darlene Love, Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits and Dr. John.
3Mentioned in the song "Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me" by Reunion.


The Karen Carpenter Story1989TV Movie writer: "Superstar", "A Song For You", "This Masquerade", "A Song For You Reprise"
Driving Me Crazy1988Documentary writer: "A Song For You" - uncredited
Crimes of the Heart1986performer: "Don't Fence Me In"
Carpenters: Yesterday Once More1985Video writer: "Superstar"
Miami Vice1984TV Series writer - 1 episode
Honeysuckle Rose1980writer: "A Song for You"
The Carpenters: Music, Music, Music1980TV Special writer: "A Song For You", "This Masquerade"
Barbra: With One More Look at You1976TV Movie documentary music: "Lost Inside Of You"
A Star Is Born1976lyrics: "LOST INSIDE OF YOU" / music: "LOST INSIDE OF YOU"
Carpenters Very First Television Special1976TV Special music: "Rainy Days And Mondays / Superstar" - Medley
The Ernie Sigley Show1974-1975TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Austin City Limits1975TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore1974performer: "Roll Away the Stone" 1969 / writer: "Roll Away the Stone" 1969
Rock Concert1974TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Graham Kennedy Show1973TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1971TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mad Dogs & Englishmen1971Documentary performer: "The Ballad of Mad Dogs & Englishmen" end credits / writer: "Delta Lady", "Mad Dogs & Englishmen Theme", "Please Give Peace a Chance", "The Ballad of Mad Dogs & Englishmen" end credits
Groupies1970Documentary writer: "DELTA LADY"
The Mike Douglas Show1969TV Series writer - 1 episode
Music Scene1969TV Series writer - 1 episode
Out of Sight1966writer: "Malibu Run"
Shindig!TV Series performer - 3 episodes, 1964 - 1965 writer - 1 episode, 1965
The Family Jewels1965writer: "Little Miss Go-Go" - as Russell
Hollywood a Go Go1965TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Atlanta2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
RoadiesTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
The Blacklist2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X Factor2004-2015TV Series writer - 7 episodes
Zari2014Short "Back to the Island"
The Marty Stuart ShowTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
The Voice of the Philippines2013TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2012-2013TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The X Factor Philippines2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Voice - Danmarks største stemme2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Voice2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
B.B. King: The Life of Riley2012Documentary performer: "Hummingbird" / writer: "Hummingbird"
Smash2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saturday Night LiveTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 1977
Late Night with Jimmy FallonTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2011 performer - 1 episode, 2011
Mr. Sunshine2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rock Suomi2010TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Kids Are All Right2010performer: "Out in the Woods" / writer: "Out in the Woods"
The Princess and the Frog2009writer: "Cajun Love Song"
Dolly Parton & Friends: Love Always - Live from Texas2009Video performer: "Wabash Cannonball"
The Messenger2009/Iperformer: "Stranger in a Strange Land" 1970 / writer: "Stranger in a Strange Land" 1970
Stiletto2008/IIwriter: "This Masquerade"
The Wrecking Crew!2008Documentary writer: "Everybody Loves A Clown"
Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon2008Documentary lyrics: "Swimming in the Riviera"
Juno2007writer: "Superstar" 1969
Ghost Rider2007writer: "Superstar"
The Pursuit of Happyness2006writer: "This Masquerade" 1972
Bug2006performer: "This Masquerade" 1972 / writer: "This Masquerade" 1972
Ha-Shminiya2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Great Performances2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cold CaseTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
House M.D.2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
Australian Idol2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Around the Bend2004performer: "Roll Away The Stone", "A Song For You" / writer: "Roll Away The Stone", "A Song For You"
Corporate Ghost2004Video writer: "Superstar"
Dolly Parton & Friends on the Country Train2003Video performer: "Wabash Cannon Ball"
Canadian Idol2003TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Wonderland2003performer: "Stranger in a Strange Land" 1971 / writer: "Stranger in a Strange Land" 1971
Mayor of the Sunset Strip2003Documentary performer: "Welcome To Hollywood" / writer: "Welcome To Hollywood"
American Idol2003TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Idool 20032003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie2003Documentary performer: "Act Naturally"
Remember the Titans2000performer: "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"
The Secret Life of Girls1999performer: "Roll Away The Stone" / writer: "Superstar", "Roll Away The Stone"
Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters1997TV Movie documentary writer: "Superstar", "This Masquerade"
E! True Hollywood Story1997TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
New York Undercover1997TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Frighteners1996writer: "Superstar"
Mystery Science Theater 30001996TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tommy Boy1995"Superstar"
Boys on the Side1995writer: "Superstar"
Carpenters: Interpretations - A 25th Anniversary Celebration1995Video short writer: "Superstar"
Wayne's World 21993"SUPERSTAR"
Heartbeat1993TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story1993performer: "Tightrope" / writer: "Tightrope"
The Simpsons1992TV Series 1 episode
29th Street1991performer: "Stranger in a Strange Land" / writer: "Stranger in a Strange Land"
Stars in Their Eyes1991TV Series writer - 1 episode

Music Department

Flesh 'n' Blood1991TV Series composer - 12 episodes
The Monkees1966TV Series musician - 1 episode
The Family Jewels1965music arranger: "This Diamond Ring" - uncredited


Truth and Betrayal2004ShortMike
When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?1979Radio Preacher
Son of Dracula1974Musician (uncredited)


Dralien2014Short associate producer
A Poem Is a Naked Person1974Documentary producer


Tightrope: To Live the Life of an Outsider2013Documentary original music by


A Weird Blessing2015Documentary shortHimself
The Garden's Defining Moments2015TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Marty Stuart Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
Bluegrass Underground2013TV SeriesHimself
CMT Crossroads2013TV SeriesHimself
Glen Campbell: The Rhinestone Cowboy2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
B.B. King: The Life of Riley2012DocumentaryHimself
VidBlogger Nation2011TV SeriesHimself
The Union2011DocumentaryHimself
Saturday Night Live1976-2011TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2011TV MovieHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1999-2011TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael2010TV SeriesHimself
The Making of Elton John: Madman Across the Water2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
The One Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Elton John & Leon Russell Live from the Beacon Theatre2010TV MovieHimself
Good Morning America2010TV SeriesHimself
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
The Wrecking Crew!2008DocumentaryHimself
Concert for Bangladesh Revisited with George Harrison and Friends2005TV Movie documentary
Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin'2003TV SpecialHimself
Austin City Limits2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Later... With Jools Holland1998TV SeriesHimself
CMT Presents: The King's Covers1997TV Movie documentary
Late Night with David Letterman1984-1992TV SeriesHimself
New Orleans Live!1992TV MovieHimself
Cue the Music1991TV SeriesHimself (1994)
20 Years After: A Woodstock Reunion1989VideoHimself
The Don Lane Show1981TV SeriesHimself
Willie Nelson's 4th of July Celebration1979Himself
Bob & Ray, Jane, Laraine & Gilda (TV Special)1979Himself (uncredited)
A Poem Is a Naked Person1974DocumentaryHimself
The Concert for Bangladesh1972DocumentaryHimself
Disco 21971TV SeriesHimself
Mad Dogs & Englishmen1971DocumentaryHimself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Shindig!1964-1965TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Himself / Pianist
The T.A.M.I. Show1964DocumentaryHimself - Pianist in House Band (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Twenty Feet from Stardom2013DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Dolly Parton & Friends: Love Always - Live from Texas2009VideoHimself - Performer
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...2008TV SeriesHimself
Get Up, Stand Up2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Dolly Parton & Friends on the Country Train2003VideoHimself
Joe Cocker: Have a Little Faith1996Video documentaryHimself

Nominated Awards

2011GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Pop Collaboration with Vocals
1978Anthony Asquith Award for Film MusicBAFTA AwardsA Star Is Born (1976)
1978GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Album of Original Score written for a Motion Picture or Television SpecialA Star Is Born (1976)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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