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Oklahoma rock and roll legend recovering from surgery

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Musician Leon Russell performs onstage during 2011 Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on May 1, 2011 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

OKLAHOMA – An Oklahoma rock and roll legend is recovering from surgery.

According to the Oklahoma Historical Society, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell suffered a heart attack in July that required him to have bypass surgery.

Officials say Russell is recovering from the successful surgery and is looking forward to getting back on the road with a fall concert tour. 

Russell thanked his fans after receiving an outpouring of kind words and prayers from across the globe.

“It’s always great if even one person likes me; it’s especially heartwarming to get over 400 emails,” Russell said while working on his rehabilitation.

Officials with the Oklahoma Historical Society say the songwriter, known for hits like “Tight Rope,” “Delta Lady” and “A Song for You,” is also taking this opportunity to write new material.

Leon Russell’s career spans more than five decades.

He has performed with iconic musicians such as John Lennon, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Joe Cocker and George Harrison.

Born Russell Bridges, he changed his name to Leon Russell after relocating to Los Angeles from his home in Tulsa, Okla.

Russell now resides in Nashville.