In a recent interview with Gibson.com, singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi talked about meeting Johnny Cash when she was a child. “I was 10 years old, and I was auditioning for Annie, on Broadway. My grandmother and I were staying at the New York Hilton, and The Bee Gees happened to be staying there, as well. I ran through the turnstile and right into this gentleman who was dressed all in black.”
“He says, ‘Slow down, little lady! Where are you going in such a hurry?’ I said, ‘The Bee Gees are pulling up!’ He’s like, ‘Oh, you like The Bee Gees?’ I said, ‘Well, they’re singers and I like singers. I sing, too.’ He says, ‘You do? Me, too.’ I said, ‘Really? What do you sing?’ He said, ‘Well, I sing and play guitar, and write my own songs. Maybe we’ll get to sing together some day.’ I said, ‘Yeah, that would be great!’”
“He was wearing an ‘I Love New York’ pin, and he took it off and gave it to me. He said, ‘Here’s something you can remember me by.’ I said, ‘Okay, thank you so much.’ Then he left. Afterwards, all these people came running over, asking me what Johnny Cash had said to me. I had no idea it was him. …I still have the pin he gave me.”
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