and his wife Mary were always writing jokes backstage at every
show we played with him! I loved the guy! His middle name Fred
"funny" Willard! Early in 1978, I was playing with
the James Quill Smith Band. ( James was a former guitarist for
John Mayall. Christian Mostert played keys, sax and flute with
Dewayne Querico on drums )
Later that year, we performed on ABC's Midnight Special, played
in L.A. and toured California, Chicago and the Midwest.
We were paid to open the show, back him up on a few songs and
laugh at his jokes! What a special time!