The legendary musician passed away in his sleep in Nashville on Sunday, according to a statement on his website. Leon Russell's passing has brought great sadness to the American music community, thanks to his famed contributions 'Shine a Light' and 'A Song For You'. He was a longtime hero of Sir Elton and collaborated with him on a number of occasions. Though inducted both into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in , much of the musician's legacy has been felt not by his original recordings, but by the many covers and versions of his work recorded both by collaborators and admirers.
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A slow, pained plea for forgiveness and understanding from an estranged lover, the tune is one of Russell's best-known compositions. Russell not only sings and plays piano on the recording, but also plays the tenor horn that is accompanying. Elton John has called the song an American classic. One of the first versions of the song that brought it broader attention was by Andy Williams , whose single peaked at 29 on the adult contemporary chart and 82 on the Billboard Hot in A Song for You covered many times from to The most notable versions include the following: . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see A Song for You disambiguation. February 25,
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Number 1 Singles - s. As a result of the introduction of television, the studios and companies sought to put audiences back in theaters. This article is about the US number-one songs chart from — Find s tracks, artists, and albums. Skip to content. BestNetwork1 , views. Billboard number-one singles charts preceding the Billboard Hot were updated weekly by Billboard magazine and the leading indicator of popular music for the American music industry since and until the Billboard Hot chart was established in
It was first recorded by the Righteous Brothers in , produced by Phil Spector. Their recording is considered by some music critics to be the ultimate expression and illustration of Spector's " Wall of Sound " recording technique. The original Righteous Brothers version was a critical and commercial success on its release, becoming a number-one hit single in both the United States and the United Kingdom in February It was the fifth best selling song of in the US. It also entered the Top 10 in the UK chart an unprecedented three times. Dionne Warwick took her version to number 16 on the Billboard Hot chart in In December , the performing-rights organization Broadcast Music, Inc. BMI ranked the song as the most-played song on American radio and television in the 20th century, having accumulated more than 8 million airplays by ,  and nearly 15 million by In , the single was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".