9:47 AM GMT 08/05/2013
"Don't make me look stupid," says legendary 70s rock ringleader Leon Russell to Michael Simmons in this month's MOJO, on the eve of the soulful singer's comeback album with Elton John. Stupid?! How could that even be possible!? Check out this groovesome flick-list of in-the-pocket country-funk-gospel-soul and be wowed by the alchemical arranging genius of the man they called 'The Master Of Space & Time'.
Roll Over Beethoven, 1964
Leon and his Jay Sebring hairdo get the girls going on Shindig.
Cry Me A River, 1970
Leon's country rock'n'gospel arrangement of the Julie London classic on the landmark Joe Cocker Mad Dogs tour.
A Song For You, 1971
Leon gives it all on his 1970 smash for the 1971 PBS show, The Homewood Sessions featuring Leon Russell And Friends. Plus pie!
George introduces "Leon" at Bangladesh, 1971
Somebody you all know by now...stand up, Leon! And isn't Eric Clapton drunk; "clapulous", even.
Jumping Jack Flash, 1971
Leon's soon-to-be-legendary arrangement of the Stones classic keeps the Bangladesh supergroup moving. "Woo-hoo!"
Amos Burke, 1971
Don Nix joins Leon for a rousing version of Amos Burke from Nix's 1971 album, In God We Trust. Furry Lewis watches over.
A very drunk Leon at Willie Nelson's 2nd Annual 4th Of July Picnic, "I seem to be drunk everywhere I go!"
The Western Union Marijuana Gram (1976)
"Just press five if you want your dope rolled, cleaned or loose." J. Michael Popovich as Leon Russell and Edward D. Markley as Bob Dylan. Uncanny.
Going Down with JJ Cale, 1979
It's like Tulsa krautrock. No, it is. Super tight.
Elton and Leon discuss their new album. "He had glasses that said 'Elton' on them", remembers Leon.
Compiled by Andrew Male
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