"A year ago, Elton found me in a ditch on the side of the highway of life and took me in... treated me like a king. I'd just like to say thank you very much. I appreciate it and Hallelujah." 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honouree Leon Russell owes his career revival to Sir Elton John, who approached the ailing singer/songwriter last year (10) to record their joint album, The Union.