Leon Russell has today’s almost forgotten track

This isn’t so much a forgotten track, as it was never a hit single, but I’m posting it as an extremely rare one time only performance on television…I almost wish it didn’t say in the caption who it was to allow you to guess…at this time Leon was doing double duty as both a member of the Wrecking Crew, and as the piano player for The Shindig House Band on the show of the same name…don’t remember ever seeing him look so suave and clean cut.


Greg Simpson

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Published on January 7, 2018 at 9:06 pm by Greg Simpson


January 7, 2018 - 11:27 pm

Rocker Rich

RIP Leon. Back in mid-60s Richmond, BC, the rabbit ears on my family tv couldn’t quite bring in Shindig. So I made do with Hullabaloo.

I imagine Leon’s top-hat/long whiskers popular image was still a work in progress a year or two after this Shindig moment when he arranged and played on Sunny Goodge Street for Tom Northcott. Unlike most of his prior anonymous studio work, Leon actually got label credits from New Syndrome/Warner Bros. on that Northcott release.

January 8, 2018 - 9:41 am



I bet even Leon did not remember he once looked like that!!

Great Video, Thanks again!

It was only a short while ago I was told that way back when Willie Nelson was also much different than the Bearded Pony Tailed Desperado we have come to be accustomed to.

Just like anything else marketing is very important.

Appearance has more than likely never been more important than in the Rock Music Field.

January 10, 2018 - 7:20 am

Greg Simpson

TV reception in the old days could be sketchy in the PNW, but the CBS affilitate was probably accessible with a piece of tinfoil on a toothpick…KVOS had a transmitter on top of San Juan Island that made them the clearest channel for me to pick up in Victoria (rooftop antenna), long with the Canadian trio of CBUT, CHAN and CHEK…

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