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May 29, 1964 -- Meeting Johnny Cash
If I could re-live one day, it would be Friday May 29, 1964. My parents and I had a front row table that evening at the Frontier Room, Bordentown, NJ (near Trenton). Performing that night was Johnny Cash, June Carter, Luther Perkins, Marshall Grant, and a new backup vocal group called the Statler Brothers. As you can see from the pictures, we were right there in front of him.
June introduced Johnny as "Old Golden Throat" and added "Elvis would have been here tonight along with Johnny, but the Beatles done ate him up!" Everyone laughed.
I wrote on a coaster that it was my Dad's birthday and left it on the bandstand where Johnny was performing. Before I sat down he said "Is there a Bob Loughlin here tonight?" We waved and Johnny said "Happy Birthday, Bob!"
I still get goosebumps thinking about that evening. I stood in awe with my camera before the Man In Black, then Johnny Cash looked down and smiled at me--freezing that moment on film and forever in my head.