Track of the Day: ‘Jimmie Rodgers' Dream’ by Leon Russell and Elton John

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Leon Russell, the renowned singer/songwriter/pianist, died today at that age of 74. A group of Atlantic readers in a TAD thread posted some of their favorite Russell songs, including “Jimmie Rodgers’ Dream”:

This is probably my favorite track from Leon Russell and Elton John’s collaboration The Union. Leon’s performance here makes me feel nostalgic for a time and place I never knew and would probably have a hard time relating to if I did. I get the sense that it had a similar effect on Elton.

Not to get all schmaltzy here, but after a week of fear and recriminations following an especially divisive election, it’s great to see a bit of a bromance between a straight country singer from Oklahoma and a gay pop singer from London:

Though that bromance doesn’t come anywhere near JoebamaBromance—the single biggest thing that’s lifted my mood since Tuesday.

(Submit a song via hello@. Track of the Day archive here. Pre-Notes archive here.)