Longtime session man Leon Russell had been a sought-after and often-used talent throughout the sixties before releasing his first solo album in 1970. Among the notable artists he has recorded with are Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson, The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Mostly known as a keboardist he also plays guitar and bass, and his raspy voice is instantly recognizable. He became even better known with his production of Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour. In 2010 he joined with Elton John to record The Union, and toured with him to support it.