By the 1950s he had moved to Los Angeles to become a session music, playing the piano on the songs of numerous 1960s musicians. As a songwriter, he wrote songs including “Delta Lady,” recorded by Joe Cocker, and organized Cocker’s “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” tour in 1969 His hit Shine a Light was featured on the 1972 Rolling Stones’ album Exile on Main St. In 2011 he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. During those five decades, Russell collaborated with artists such as Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Elton John. Besides his music, Russell was known for his appearance: wispy white hair halfway down his back and that covered much of his face.