LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) – Primary Wave Music Publishing has partnered with the Estate of Leon Russell to acquire a stake of the legendary singer and songwriter’s music catalog.
As part of the deal with his estate, Primary Wave has acquired the music publishing and master recording income stream of songs written by Russell including his debut 1972 hit single, “Tight Rope,” “The Masquerade,” which was a Top 10 hit for George Benson, “Superstar,” which was a No. 2 hit for The Carpenters, and his most well-known track, “A Song For You,” which has been covered by the likes of Whitney Houston, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Amy Winehouse, and others.
Commenting on the deal, Lawrence Mestel, CEO & Founder of Primary Wave Music Publishing said: “I am delighted that Leon Russell and his heirs have joined the Primary Wave family. Leon was a legendary songwriter whose music has resonated in people’s lives for decades. His songs were an inspiration to so many and we look forward to furthering the legacy of this remarkable musician.”
Jeremy M. Rosen, Esq., Leon Russell Estate Representative added: “Proud Oklahoma native, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee, multi-Grammy Award winner and the Master of Space & Time himself, Leon Russell, is the epitome of your favorite artist’s favorite artist.
“For me, the next best thing to representing Leon during his life is to ensure that his body of work is curated properly for generations to come, hence this partnership with my dear friends at Primary Wave.”
With a legendary career spanning nearly 60 years, Russell shared the studio and the stage with everyone from The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, George Harrison and Ray Charles to Bob Marley, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Sir Elton John, The Rolling Stones and J.J. Cale among countless others.