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LeRoy Bell

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The reception to LeRoy Bell’s music has been spectacular. Having performed with B.B. King, Van Morrison, Sheryl Crow, Etta James, Al Green, Paolo Nutini, India.Arie, Erykah Badu, LeAnne Rimes, Michael McDonald, Idina Menzel, Colin Hay, Mavis Staples, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, Leon Russell, Sonny Landreth, Charlie Musselwhite and Los Lobos, not only has he grown as a touring artist, but the experience has given his music an edge that places him in a league of performers creating a sound that crosses many demographics.

The Bell family legacy extended from Philly to Seattle when Thom Bell, LeRoy’s uncle and third member of Mighty Three Music (along with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff), opened up the west coast offices of Mighty Three Music in the late 70’s. As a young staff writer, LeRoy teamed up with Casey James and wrote songs that would be recorded by The Spinners, The O’Jays, The Temptations, Rita Marley and most notably Elton John.

In the late 70’s Elton John discovered LeRoy and quickly became a fan of his song writing - recording two of his songs. Elton’s recording of Bell’s song “Mama Can’t Buy Me Love,” from the “Thom Bell Sessions,” went to #9 pop, #36 R&B, and #1 Adult/Contemporary in the fall of 1979 - earning Elton a Grammy Nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. That same year, Bell and James had their own million-seller with “Livin’ It Up (Friday Night)” on A&M Records.

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  • BeckyLovesDelta

    great guy! Has a fantastic voice!

    19 Nov 2011 Reply
  • bwmccoy

    Saw him open up for Van Morrison last night (August 8th, 2010) at the Gorge. Great set, really enjoyed his music. Purchased his CD "Traces" and was able to meet him and have him autograph the CD. Really nice guy as well as accomplished musician. If you didn't know, he has been writing songs since the 70's. Elton has recorded a couple of his songs.

    9 Aug 2010 Reply

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