Friday, December 3, 2010

Leon Russell Honored

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tulsa Street Honors Oklahoma Legend Leon Russell

After months of petitioning, the City of Tulsa has designated a portion of Third Street from Peoria to Utica Avenues in honor of Oklahoma music icon, Leon Russell. The location of the road is unique in that it encompasses the Pearl District, a diverse area known for its creative arts-oriented businesses including The Church Studio, where Russell and countless friends of his recorded music.

Leon Russell Road was the result of an online Facebook campaign which inspired native Tulsan and music enthusiast Charles Roden to submit a formal proposal to the city. Residents and businesses in the community were pleased to welcome Leon Russell Road to their area. During the street's grand-opening celebration in November, David Strader, president of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association, told the crowd that Russell's music "continues to inspire people all over the world."  

Johnny Williams, a Tulsa musician who has played with Russell throughout his career, noted that Russell was touched by the distinction when they spoke about it earlier this month, "He almost cried." Williams said.

Russell's decade-spanning career has hit another high note this year, as he is currently touring with Elton John in promotion of their recent, critically-acclaimed album The Union. Russell first made waves on the Billboard charts in 1972 with the release of his album,Carney, which featured hits including "Tight Rope" and "This Masquerade." In addition to his solo ventures, Russell is known for his work with artists such as Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan.

With this honor, Leon Russell now joins the ranks of other Tulsa musicians who have received honorary streets including The GAP Band and Bob Wills.

Article quotes and excerpts from The Tulsa World.

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