The shirt shown here isn’t literally “off his back”, but it did come from Whisperin’ Bill’s custom-made collection and he gladly gave it to Sheri & Jerry Dillinger (pictured with Anderson) in appreciation for their longtime loyalty as Whisper fans.
Anderson explains, “Jerry and his wife probably have the largest collection of Bill Anderson memorabilia in the whole world. They have a copy of every album and every single I’ve ever released – from 20 different countries! They also have old pictures, fan club journals, and tee-shirts dating all the way back to the Sixties.”
“They’ve gathered just about anything and everything of mine,” the legendary singer/songwriter notes. “So, when I learned they were coming from their home in Kansas City to one of my recent shows in Iowa, I decided to add something ‘personal’ to their collection by giving them one of my Manuel shirts. And quite honestly, I believe the jury is still out on which one of us enjoyed it the most!”