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Cordovas Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Leon Russell’s “A Song For You” with Amazon Original Cover

November 13, 2020

Cordovas Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Leon Russell’s “A Song For You” with 

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November 13, 2020: Today, the Nashville-based band Cordovas released an Amazon Original cover of Leon Russell’s “A Song For You,” available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music. The Amazon Original arrives on the 4th anniversary of Leon Russell’s passing and commemorates the 50th anniversary of “A Song For You,” which was released in 1970.

Listen to “A Song For You” only on Amazon Music:

Watch a behind the scenes in-studio video of the recording of “A Song For You”:

“The thing he has done in this song is he’s lived his whole life. An entire life happened in this song. It’s his masterwork,” says Cordovas frontman and songwriter Joe Firstman. “It was nice to have been asked to do the Amazon Original because this would have very easily been the first song I would have ever chosen to sing of Leon Russell’s. What you want to bring to me, for me, was to not try and reinvent it. It was to take that pureness that I have always known that has been near to me since I started playing piano and singing songs.”

“Leon Russell is a revered figure as a songwriter, bandleader and musician throughout rock history. The Leon team was delighted to team up with Amazon Music, ATO Records and Cordovas to honor Leon’s legacy and the 50th anniversary of his self-titled debut album.  Cordovas’ take on ‘A Song For You’ beautifully captures the power and spirit of Leon Russell and proves how timeless his music and songwriting truly is.  A tip of Leon’s hat to Cordovas!” said Primary Wave’s head of streaming Mike Fordham, who works with the Leon Russell estate.

Nashville-based Cordovas recently released their new album Destiny Hotel on ATO Records to critical acclaim and radio success. Lead single “High Feeling” has climbed to #3 on the Americana radio singles chart, and Destiny Hotel is in the top 10 on the album chart. “High Feeling” is also the soundtrack for a new ESPN/SEC Network ad airing nationally across the U.S. for the next three months. Destiny Hotel is a work of wild poetry and wide-eyed abandon, set to a glorious collision of folk and country and groove-heavy rock-and-roll. Uncut Magazine calls the album “gloriously infectious,” while Rolling Stone called lead single “High Feeling” a “Song You Need To Know,” saying the “band blend Burrito Brothers with Joseph Campbell in their musical hero’s journey.” Watch Cordovas perform “High Feeling” on CBS This Morning, here.

Leon Russell is a music legend and perhaps the most accomplished and versatile musician in the history of rock ‘n roll. In his distinguished and unique 50 year career, he has played on, arranged, written and/or produced some of the top records in popular music. His piano skills elevated timeless records like “River Deep Mountain High,” “Surf City,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” and “Danke Shoen,” and his songs like “A Song For You” and “This Masquerade” have become American Standards, recorded by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, George Benson, Helen Reddy, Amy Winehouse, and countless others.

Amazon Music listeners can find the track on the “Acoustic Chill” playlist, featuring songs to relax and unwind to. Customers can also simply ask, “Alexa play the Amazon Original by Cordovas” in the Amazon app for iOS and Android and on Alexa-enabled devices. In addition to Cordovas, Amazon Music listeners can access hundreds ofAmazon Originals featuring both emerging and established artists across numerous genres, available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music.