We were in a football field on a flatbed truck
for this concert, and later sang at a local Baptist Church. The
weather was beautiful that weekend; there was a soft breeze and
the stadium was full. There were always so many people who wanted
to hear Leon play his famous steel guitar.
Every one was always awed by him and his talent
on his guitar. "Steel Guitar Rag" was always requested
so he'd play it of course, and then he got the idea to put words
to it. He and Darrel put their heads together and came up with
Gospel lyrics entitled "For the Glory of the Lord-Steel Guitar
Rag" Leon had written the original tune while he was the
steel guitar player for Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. It was
always a real hit and requested constantly in his concerts.
The song is featured on his first Gospel recording
which turned out to be his last recording because 3 years later,
in 1988 he went home to be with the Lord. But, during that time
he held concerts to give his testimony and taught at the Hank
Thompson School of Country Music, adding his expertise and experience
for the benefit of the future professionals in the music industry
at the school.