“[Leonard Cohen] put down his burger, and he put one hand on my cheek and patted it and said, ‘Don’t worry. You’re going to be all right tonight.’” Joe D’Urso Meets Leonard Cohen At Roy Rogers Restaurant Before His First Gig

On the afternoon he and his band [later known as Stone Caravan] were to play their first gig — at the still-prestigious club CBGB’s, no less — Joe D’Urso happened to see a familiar face sitting in a Roy Rogers chain restaurant on the corner near his office. It was Leonard Cohen. “For some reason I went in there — I didn’t say I worked for his agency — I just kind of introduced myself, and I said, ‘I’m Joe, and tonight’s my band’s first gig, and we’re playing at CBGB’s, and I’m kind of nervous, but I saw you and I just wanted to say hello,'” recalled D’Urso … “He put down his burger, and he put one hand on my cheek and patted it and said, ‘Don’t worry. You’re going to be all right tonight.’

“I always say that I felt like I got blessed by the pope or something. I walked out of there, I looked back to the window and waved at him, and he at me, and I smiled and walked on.”

From Charities keep D’Urso busy by Peter Hendra, Kingston Whig-Standard. May 13, 2016

Leonard Cohen By Joe D’Urso

and Leonard is singing and Leonard sings out
his voice is filled with every question of a doubt
and Leonard is singing and Leonard sings out
and if Leonard Cohen is singing
if Leonard Cohen is singing I must be blue.

Joe also wrote a song about Leonard Cohen, called, well, Leonard Cohen.

Credit Due Department: Photo by Andrea Sartorati