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Leon Russell Dead at the Age of 74

Leon Russell Dead at the Age of 74

I first saw Leon Russell in 1970 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. It was the Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour and I wasn’t yet thirteen years old. The counselors for the “youth group” my parents had sent me to with the intention of pointing me in the direction of growing up to be an obedient civil servant (until I got married), had planned the trip to a real concert for all the kids ages 12 and up. In retrospect, I feel confident none of them knew what they signed up for by their reactions once the concert was underway.

Once the concert started, I was mesmerized. I had found my people, my tribe. There on stage was Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Billy Preston, Rita Coolidge, a row of what I can only at the time describe as hippies lining the back of the stage, a woman holding a baby and a dog sleeping on the stage.

Leon Russell played piano, Billy Preston played a Hammond Organ. I had never in my short suburban life seen or heard people who had long hair, patches, long skirts, just total freaks! If I took anything away from that night besides recreating in 3D, the “muscle arm” image on the album cover, in my junior high ceramics class, it was that as soon as I was able I had to find “those people.” I did find those people a little later in Topanga Canyon, which is the beginning of another chapter.

Russell was such a talent, playing with many musicians and bands including Badfinger, “A song for you” also released in 1970 has been recorded by over 40 artists, he produced tracks for Bob Dylan. His honky-tonk southern blues piano style, songs, and music live on. What a sad election week with the loss of Russell and Leonard Cohen.

How Many People in the U.S. are over 55 Years Old ?

Every year U.S. more citizens are turning 55, 60 and 65 and every day our number continue to grow. With such a large block of people, we need to organize and consolidate our power. We can do that with our votes, our voices, and our dollars.

2015 Census U. S. Population Over 55 Years

2015 Census U. S. Population Over 55 Years [OldRockers]

Old Rockers Honors Veterans on this Armistice Day

Veteran’s Day was originally called Armistice Day

The Armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was signed between Germany and the Allies of World War I at Compiègne, France, and took effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. The date was declared a national holiday for the United States in 1919 and became a National holiday for many countries in 1938. Armistice day coincides with Remembrance Day and is now commonly known as Veterans Day in America, a day to remember not only those who fought in the Great War but for every veteran of the United States.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armistice_Day

On this Veteran’s Day, November, 11, 2016 we will take time to remember those who have given their lives in service to defend the ideals of democracy and freedom. Regardless of political sentiments, opinions or tightly held beliefs, Old Rockers honors all veterans who give service to their country, and sometimes their lives defending what they believe to be in the best interest of their country and all people of the planet.