• Tulsa woman remembers Leon Russell after 50-year friendship

    By: Cailey Dougherty


    TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:

    • Ann Bell remembers her friendship with Leon Russell.
    • Russell died at the age of 74.
    • Bell and Russell were friends for 49 years.


    A Tulsa woman is remembering Leon Russell after his death over the weekend.

    SEE MORE: Leon Russell dies at the age of 74

    Ann Bell toured with Russell for about 4 years in the 1970s,

    Russell also lived with Bell and her late first husband when he first moved back to Tulsa. He lived with them several months while his mansion near the Tulsa Rose Garden was undergoing renovations.

    SEE MORE: Leon Russell: memorial plans announced

    She said they became friends in 1967. She was part of the group known as the Tulsa Sound.

    According to Bell, Leon always stayed loyal to his Tulsa roots.

    After his death, she says his legacy will live on and she'll never forget the impact he made on her life.  She says he will never be forgotten worldwide, especially here in Tulsa. 


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