Elton John and Leon Russell will be here Friday night performing live at the BOK Center. The duo released “The Union” on October 19, 2010 where they wrote songs together along with Bernie Taupin. The album was produced by multiple-Grammy winner T-Bone Burnett.
In Elton Johns four-decade career, he has sold more than 250 million records, making him one of the most successful artists in music history. “Candle in the Wind”, his 1997 hit single has sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best selling single in Billboard history. In 1994, Elton John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was knighted in 1998.
Leon Russell is an Oklahoma Native Musician. He grew up in Tulsa and went to Will Rogers High School. At the early age of 14, Leon was already playing the nightclubs of T-Town. His first band “The Starlighters” which included J.J. Cale, Chuck Blackwell and Johnny Williams were instrumental in creating the style of music known as the Tulsa Sound. Leon has played with numerous artists like Jerry Lee Lewis, Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra just to name a few; and most recently Elton John.
Their collaboration on “The Union” has received rave reviews. With the merging of soul, country and gospel, Elton and Leon have made a sound that is uniquely all their own which has only left people with the question; why did it take them so long to bond? Both Elton and Leon will be playing many of their hit songs along with their duo set from “The Union”. There’s no reason to stay home Friday night with music legends like this in town.