Thursday, February 16, 2012

Leon Russell Meets Ludwig

Continuing our series on classic performances of our title tune, here is a true rarity.   Piano man Leon Russell is making something of a comeback these days, thanks to a boost from Elton John, but few know that he first gained fame, way before his Joe Cocker years, as a semi-regular on the popular TV show "Shindig."   And, surprise, he had no long hair and long beard then, and instead was something of a teen idol and greaser.   Here he is on "Shindig" doing "Roll Over, Beethoven," after a "Moonlight" sonata intro!

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