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Together Again: Elton John and Leon Russell (Oct 20, 2010)

Elton John and Leon Russell's paths seemed fated to cross: Both grew up at the piano, learning to play as little boys. Both played piano in bars while in their teens, and both started their careers as piano players for hire. But, according to John, there's one important difference.

"He is a better piano player than I am," John says. "As far as gospel and stuff like that, that's why I wanted to make this album. He is my idol."

The album John mentions is called The Union. It's a collaboration John thought up to pay tribute to Russell, an artist from Tulsa, Okla. he'd feared might be forgotten.


First Listen: Elton John And Leon Russell, 'The Union'

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