4-2-13 Leon Russell and Serge Gainsbourg
Happy birthday, Serge Gainsbourg! (Born 1928). Happy birthday, Leon Russell! (Born 1941). I had no idea that Serge Gainsbourg shared a birthday with Leon Russell!
Leon Russell probably came to my attention first when he was musical director for Joe Cocker, circa ’69 / ’70, then shortly thereafter as a solo artist. I remember so well when “Carney” came out, his 3rd solo album. I just loved it. But I didn’t keep up with his releases in real time; too many other fish to fry.
So pleased Leon Russell is still alive & kicking. I thought it was a nice gesture when Elton John invited him to do an album a short while ago.
I first became aware of Serge Gainsbourg as I walked the neighborhoods of Paris in 1979; likely they were promoting one of his reggae albums at that time. I heard Serge Gainsbourg’s name in the mid-80’s, when “Love On The Beat” got a US release on Mercury Records. The long-gone French bookstore on Westwood Blvd. (“La Cite”) likely provided me with the next phase of my SG fandom, a CD of his late 50’s recordings. Then I got his first boxed set!
Alas, Serge G passed away in 1991. I got his 17CD boxed set of studio albums not long ago.