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TMZ Wayback Machine -- Leon Russell Sued

7/24/2008 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

If you were born after 1965 -- just scroll on by this one.
Leon Russell
If you're still with us, legendary keyboardist Leon Russell is being sued by ex-wife Mary Bridges, former member of Sly & the Family Stone's background vocal group Little Sister, for breach of contract. According to a lawsuit filed yesterday, when the couple divorced back in 1980, they were supposed to split all profits from their joint albums. But Bridges claims Russell hasn't been forking over any dough.

She's asking for damages in excess of $75,000. Attempts to contact Russell were unsuccessful.

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BabyGirl    

First!

2228 days ago
2.

jesh    

fiiiiiirst baaaaaaaaaah

2228 days ago
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jesh    

fiiiirst

2228 days ago
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Triple Play    

OMG is he still alive?

2228 days ago
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Krum    

I never knew Dumbledore played keyboards!

2228 days ago
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R.Zimmerman    

He is so gross.

2228 days ago
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tw    

He lives in Tulsa now but is from my hometown, Lawton,OK!

2228 days ago
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whoosh    

such as underrated song writer

2228 days ago
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Sadieface    

He is amazing and I always thought he was one the best keyboard players and singer song writers around
I saw him quite a few times here in New Orleans,
Ya'll know a lot of his music but more thank likely don't even know it.

2228 days ago
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rachel    

Only 75,000 in almost 30 years?
Their album sales must suck

2228 days ago
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Cynic    

Leon Russell rocks! He's a seriously gifted singer/songwriter/musician...sorry about the beef with the ex, but Leon's music is wonderful, and I'll always enjoy his work.

2228 days ago
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Cherry Cola    

Love him. " A Song for You" is my fave.

2228 days ago
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johninboca    

If you are making negative comments just to be cute .. you're not suceeding ..

Leon does in fact live in Nashville though at one time .. probably when he was married to Mary .. he did live in Tulsa .. He just completed a swing through about 10-12 shows in California. He remains as one of the best acts out there who have not been elected to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame .. the election process for that should be investigated .. (since when was Madonna ever a Rock N Roll act ?) .. I could spend pages on here giving Leon's credits and still not have touched all of them. But he has recorded with Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, and on and on ..

The small amount of sales for the albums in question are low because of one reason. Until very recently, all of the albums he made on his very own Paradise Record label were never released on CD .. and the way I read that, her claim was for half of the amount which was stated as being $75,000 ... One thing about it, she won't be able to fairly get anything from one of his latest albums released last year .. "Angels in Disguise" .. If you want a great album from a performer who was and is still a musical genuis, order it from his website ... www.leonrussellrecords.com

John in Boca

2228 days ago
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SuzieQ    

Is he the one who's married to Cheryl Ladd from Charlie's Angel

2228 days ago
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Pam    

Ohhhh seventy five thou schmevendee five thou. Leon Russell could put out a song and it would go top ten today. I'm a former reporting music director for Radio & Records Magazine. He should do it. He's so amazing. I've seen him in concert. With Willie Nelson years ago. He is aweSOME and then some. Neon Leon, WORD, lay somepin' on these young folk and blow they'ze mindz. Keep puttin' out to the last breath Leon. The world would be a better place for it.

2228 days ago
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