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Leon Russell, veteran local singer

April 3, 1956 – May 4, 2015

Leon Russell, a local singer for more than 30 years, died unexpectedly Monday in his Buffalo home. He was 59.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School.

A performer since he was young, he worked with Rick James’ bass player Oscar Alston and James’ protege singing group, Process and the Doo Rags.

He also appeared with several other local bands, including the Untouchables, and opened for national acts such as Blue Magic, Lakeside and Pieces of a Dream. He was a member of Godfather Promotions.

Survivors include two sons, Javon and “Little” John; three daughters, Leonetta, Jasmine and Markia; two brothers, John and Michael; and three grandchildren.

Services will be held at 5 p.m. Friday in Brian K. Lewis Funeral Home, 2528 Bailey Ave.

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