Good points. Also, Delaney and Bonnie were themselves no hayseeds just off the turnip truck. Delaney had been an LA musician for years and was one of the "Shindogs" on the show Shindig. Sometimes when I watch an old clip from there I tried to spot him.With regard to Leon Russell, by that time Russell was a very well established studio musician. He had been in L.A. for. Long time and played on a wide range of various artist’s recording….including Frank Sinatra. Russell knew every musician in the industry by the time he put the Mad Dogs And Englishmen troupe together for Cocker. That album was recorded two weeks after the band was assembled. I could be wrong, but I a have never thought of Leon Russel as anybody’s keyboardist.
The legend about Bonnie was that she was briefly an Ikette in the Ike and Tina Turner review. That seems so.... unlikely. But I think she claimed it.