Just an incredible 1970 Leon Russell and friends performance

This Leon Russell and friends performance from 1970 is a contender for greatest thing ever. Fantastic music. Impeccable historical document. Includes Jim Horn, Furry Lewis, Don Preston, Carl Radle… and a bunch of their children…

The following information all comes from this very interesting website dedicated to 1970s bootleg recordings. This broadcast was very widely bootlegged.

Russel L Session

Russell L Session lbl

This show – Homewood Session, Vine Street Theatre, Hollywood, CA – was originally broadcast on December 5, 1970 (US TV, KCET Los Angeles). A note adds:

The Vine Street Theatre had a little studio in the back part of the building. The show is billed on the theatre marquee at the beginning as “The Vine Street Theatre presents Homewood”, but the on air host calls it “Session”. They actually shot six hours but only broadcast one hour. As Leon says in the opening intro from when it was rebroadcast, it was unscripted and unrehearsed. Leon also says that it was the first national broadcast of a “stereo” rock and roll performance but that would have required an FM simulcast, since American television was not stereo in 1970 or even in the 1980s when this was probably rebroadcast.

“Session – Leon Russell and Friends”:
Don Nix
Claudia Linnear
Kathi McDonald
Chuck Blackwell
Jim Horn
John Gallie
Furry Lewis
Don Preston
Joey Cooper
Carl Radle
One of the most copied bootlegs of 1971.

2 replies
  1. Mystic Mike
    Mystic Mike says:

    Wow. This must have been after his Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour i caught him with Joe Cocker @ URI in RI
    could have bought it that night.
    Wss lucky enough to catch him a second time at the Original Lupo’ s Hard Rock hotel in Providence RI with a 11 piece band shortly after ther release of his master piece withhis then bride.

  2. Ned Johnson
    Ned Johnson says:

    Leon was my man for a good 4 -5 years in the early mid 70s. Purchased an 18 song greatest hits cd a few years back and realized 40 some years later why I loved him so much. Timeless music with some great ballads , boggy woggy, and love songs done to perfection. Could play that tape at family parties to all ages.

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