Leon Russell invited me to go with him and Denny Cordell to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium as a prospective venue for the L.A. leg of the "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" tour.
While Denny was backstage talking to the management, Leon motioned for me to follow him. We stepped through the curtains onto the stage.
Just the two of us facing an empty house.
“If you can sing to one person, you can sing to a million. It’s all in a raindrop.”
“What is, Leon?” I asked.
“The ocean.” Sometimes when he smiled he reminded me of Clark Gable. He pointed towards the auditorium. “I want them rushing the stage.”
“You do?” I asked. He nodded and smiled. He was straight out of a medicine tent from the heart of Oklahoma. This man was the real thing.