Here She Is
It was very cold and I shivered as a walked from my parked
car toward the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium. I was looking forward
to the first ever Country KITY Toys For Tots benefit concert.
I had barely stepped through the stage door at the rear of
the auditorium when I heard John Harmon greet me, “Hey Paul! Follow
I followed John toward a group of people gathered in the
stage area. The next thing I heard John
say was, “Bo, this is Paul Kirby. He
will be introducing Tanya tonight.”
I was flabbergasted. I had been told that I
wasn’t expected at the concert. In fact, it was only a few hours
earlier that I had decided to attend, rather than get some sleep before my
After the usual introduction stuff, Bo said, “When you
introduce Tanya, I want you to say ‘Here she is, that “Delta Dawn” girl,
Tanya Tucker.’” I repeated what Bo had said in
a monotone voice. “That’s it!” he replied.
Before either one of us could say anything else, the
pre-show run through was announced. So I
found an empty chair at the side of the stage and proceeded to watch the run
through. That way I would have an idea
of when I was needed for Tanya’s introduction.
During the pre-show activities, Bo approached me and said
“Don’t forget! ‘Here she is, that “Delta
Dawn” girl, Tanya Tucker.’” I looked at
Bo and nodded in agreement.
With the run-though completed, we were now waiting for the
audience to enter the auditorium for the show. Bo found me once again
and said, “Don’t forget! ‘Here she is, that “Delta Dawn” girl, Tanya
Tucker.’” I replied “Yes, Sir!”
Well before it was time for me to introduce Tanya, I went
to the side of the stage and stood by Bo. That way he could let me
know exactly when he wanted me go on stage to introduce his daughter.
Applause signaled that it was time for me to go on stage
to introduce Tanya. Bo spoke to me one
more time. “Here she is, that ‘Delta
Dawn’ girl, Tanya Tucker.” He motioned me on the stage.
I started walking toward the microphone in the center of the
stage. The applause died down just as I got there.
My first words were “Hi! I’m Paul Kirby.”
I was shocked to immediately hear a reaction from the
audience in the form of applause.
“I know you didn’t come here to see me tonight!” I
Again I was surprised when I heard the audience laugh.
When the laughter died down I continued, “So…Here she is,
that ‘Delta Dawn’ girl, Tanya Tucker.”
The audience applauded, the band started playing and I
started walking toward Bo who was all smiles at the side of the
stage. He shook my hand and said “Thanks.”
Many years later, as I again listened and observed another
so called professional completely mangle my son’s introduction, even though it
was printed in 24-point type on the piece of paper that he was reading, I
finally realized why Bo was so concerned that I get Tanya’s introduction right
Even more years later, when I read Dale Turner’s “One
Little Drink,” I finally knew why I was suddenly asked to introduce Tanya
Tucker that night.
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