From Don Cherry's Album 'CHERRY SMASHES' 'We think that Mr. Don Cherry sings the Country Western music better than anybody in the business, but how he can do it so well and not 'DRINK' is something we can't figure out. But he is Great.' -Dean Martin, -Frank Sinatra JACK NICKLAUS - One of Don's Best Friends Don Cherry has been a good friend of mine for well over 40 years. We've played a lot of great golf together and have always had fun needling each other along the way. Barbara and I used to catch up with Don absolutely every place we could to listen to him sing and we still love his music just as much today. We play his CDs at home, in our cars, on the boat, and in my airplane - we even fight over them! While everyone knows that Don is an accomplished entertainer, perhaps his friends and fans don't realize just what an accomplished golfer he is. When I lost to Arnold Palmer in the U.S. Open in 1960, finishing second as an amateur, Don finished two shots behind me in fourth place, and we both broke the amateur record for scoring. We played together on the Walker Cup team and America's Cup teams too. Unfortunately, our busy lives don't allow us to get together with Don and Francine as often as we would like. In fact, I talked to him a few nights ago and raised hell with him for not letting me know it was his 80th birthday last week. They had a wonderful celebration, and we would have loved to be part of it, but we sent him our warmest wishes. He is a great guy! -Jack Nicklaus.