Russell came out of Lawton, Oklahoma, establishing with fellow musician "The Tulsa Sound". After moving to L.A., he started his career as a session musician, playing over the years on albums for Glen Campbell, Joe Cocker, George Harrison, and many others.
His talent has endured the test of time. From his first album in 1966, to his #1 hit with Willie ("Heartbreak Hotel") in 1979, to his 2010 release of a duet album with Elton John. His accomplishments were recognized in 2011 as he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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*Hint: he was born in the '60s!*