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Tommy Overstreet axed memoir plans

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Feb 09, 2014 | 12:05pm EST

Veteran country star Tommy Overstreet scrapped plans to release a memoir after realising his life story "bored" him "to tears". The singer reveals he completed the autobiography in the late 1990s, but even he wasn't a fan of his own work after reviewing his tales about how he rose to fame in the 1970s, and he decided to bury it. The Ann (Don't Go Runnin') hitmaker tells Billboard.com, "After I read it, it bored me to tears. I decided I wasn't going to do anything with it, and my wife agreed." Instead, Overstreet has shared anecdotes from his years on the road in a new book, titled A Road Less Traveled, which focuses more on the people he's encountered and worked with over the years than his own back story. He says, "We wanted it to be a book where a person could read a chapter, lay it down on the coffee table, pick it up again a few days later and read another chapter. We didn't want people to feel like they had to read the book overnight. I feel we accomplished that, I think." In the tome, the 76 year old recalls attending a show featuring his high school pal Tommy Sands and meeting Elvis Presley when the rocker was just an up-and-coming talent from Memphis, Tennessee. He says, "Tommy went up on stage, and this fellow comes up, and asks me how I was doing. He said, 'That Tommy sings pretty good.' I said 'Yes, he's a good friend of mine. We're here to hear the new guy out of Tennessee named Elvis Presley.' He says 'Hi, my name's Elvis.' We talked for a few minutes, and he was a nice fellow. I saw him several times over the years. We weren't close friends, but we knew each other, and I was a big fan of his."

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