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Nacogdoches author Norman Johnson releases anthology of entertainer stories

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The singer in this picture is Norman Johnson at the age of 16. The singer in this picture is Norman Johnson at the age of 16.

Longtime radio talk show host, entertainer, and author Norman Johnson of Nacogdoches continues to reach out to Elvis fans.

Johnson's latest anthology is really about other singers besides the king. However, the book is still titled after what else but an Elvis song. Norman Johnson's book, "I Forgot to Remember to Forget," is the same title of his favorite Elvis song.

Johnson's house reflects his former friendship with Elvis. The former entertainer's home includes a special Elvis section, but more space is devoted to a multitude of other music stars he met as a longtime radio DJ.

Johnson said his best guess is that he has met thousands of entertainers over the course of his career.

"Closest we can figure out is like three or four thousand," Johnson said.

During an interview with East Texas News, Johnson narrowed the Who's Who list down to entertainers with East Texas ties such as Ernest Tubbs. He said the legendary country musician was like a grandfather to him.

"And this is not bragging, it's just the way life turned out," Johnson said. "He was like a grandfather to me."

In addition, Johnson did a very young George Strait's first interview.

"I did the first interview with George Strait - the first interview he ever did," Johnson said.

Johnson also mentioned a songwriter who can make a hit about a tractor. Along with "She Thinks My Tractor is Sexy," the author said that Jim Collins has "written about 15 number one songs."

East Texas provides material for the old sound of country music, but Johnson believes the true country sound is fading away.

"When they die, when they're gone, you realize that particular kind of music is gone, and that's happened in country music now," Johnson said.

Luckily, the Johnson household has hundreds of old tunes to crank up. And sometimes even Johnson chimes in by singing along with the lyrics to classic songs like "I Forgot to Remember to Forget."

"I Forgot to Remember to Forget" has sold close to 3,000 copies in its first week of publication. Surprisingly, its Asia sales are going well. Norman Johnson's book can be found on the Amazon, Xlibris, and Barnes & Noble Web sites. The author will also doing a book signing at Hotel Fredonia tomorrow.

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