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Hot Property: Leon Russell's old studio is for sale

Known as Skyhill Studios during Leon Russell's ownership, this home in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills has hosted such music greats as Joe Cocker, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr. [TNS]
Known as Skyhill Studios during Leon Russell's ownership, this home in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills has hosted such music greats as Joe Cocker, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr. [TNS]

LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood Hills home that the late musician-songwriter and Oklahoma native Leon Russell once used as a recording studio has come up for sale at $1.398 million.

The green-hued ranch-style house is where Russell lived and recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Moody Blues and singer-songwriter Marc Benno, as well as blues guitarists Albert and Freddie King, were among those to record with the multi-instrumentalist at the home, which was known as Skyhill Studios.

It's also where Russell, who was born in Lawton, recorded some of his own studio albums, including his first solo LP, "Leon Russell," with the likes of Joe Cocker, Mick Jagger, Buddy Harman, Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr, among others.

Looking like something out of a time capsule, the 2,892-square-foot house has a rock-wall fireplace in the living room, a den, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Lush landscaping surrounds a patio in the backyard.

Russell, who died in 2016 at 74, was a genre-bending musician who performed piano rock, blues, gospel and country music, and helped pioneer the Tulsa Sound. As a songwriter, his hits include "A Song for You," "Tight Rope" and "This Masquerade." As a producer, he worked on albums for artists like Cocker and Bob Dylan.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

The property last sold in 1972 for $60,000.

His Wild, Wild West

The Malibu, California, home of Robert Conrad, the actor known for his popular roles on the 1960s shows "Hawaiian Eye" and "The Wild, Wild West," has come up for sale for $5.195 million.

Conrad, who died in February at 84, bought the ocean-view property in 2011 for $1.35 million and reimagined the existing 1970s residence into a light-filled contemporary. The house faces a stretch of beach where the actor learned to surf in the 1950s, according to listing agent Rochelle Maize, of Nourmand & Associates.

"Robert really enjoyed the Malibu lifestyle and taking advantage of the five-minute walk to the beach to surf," Maize said.

Designed to capture the view, the two-story house has high ceilings, walls of glass and a wrap-around balcony that extends the living space outdoors. The 3,765-square-foot floor plan includes a two-story living room, four bedrooms and five bathrooms.

Outside, some three-quarters of an acre hold a salt-water swimming pool, an outdoor kitchen and a fire pit. A beach volleyball court and putting green sit off to the side.

Conrad, who was renowned for performing his own stunts, became an overnight star after "Hawaiian Eye" debuted in 1959 and cemented his status in the 1960s as the two-fisted star of "The Wild, Wild West." A native of Chicago, he also appeared in the show "Baa Baa Black Sheep," as well as the films "Young Dillinger" (1966) and "The Lady in Red" (1979).

Tribune News Service

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<strong>The longtime Malibu, California, home of Robert Conrad sits across from the beach where "The Wild, Wild West" actor learned to surf in the 1950s. [TNS]</strong>

The longtime Malibu, California, home of Robert Conrad sits across from the beach where "The Wild, Wild West" actor learned to surf in the 1950s. [TNS]

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