Alan Jackson Had a Pet Squirrel Monkey, Used to Drive Forklift at Kmart: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

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Country music superstar Alan Jackson, 56, whose new album, Angels and Alcohol, is out now, shares 25 surprising facts about himself with Us Weekly

1. I once sang “Respect” with Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston

2. I’ve performed for the past four U.S. presidents. 

3. My first performance was in a second grade assembly program. 

4. I played Barnaby in my high school’s production of Sing Out, Sweet Land.

5. Growing up, I had a pet squirrel monkey. 

6. I love classic reruns on TV Land. 

7. I drove a forklift at the Kmart warehouse in Newnan, Ga., before moving to Nashville. 

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8. I started wearing a hat to cover up a scar on my forehead. 

9. Our 4-pound Yorkie, Coco, sleeps at the foot of our bed in a pink dog bed. 

10. I hate kale and brussels sprouts, but love turnip greens. 

11. I’m a member of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club. 

12. My first band was named Dixie Steel after a box of nails on the floor. 

13. I jumped a monster truck over six cars in my “Who’s Cheatin’ Who” music video. 

14. I have my private pilot’s license. 

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15. I was 20 when I went to my first concert. 

16. I’m a Weather Channel junkie. 

17. I can wiggle my ears. 

18. I’ve always loved to play practical jokes. 

19. My first job, at age 12, was in a shoe repair shop. 

20. The first time I flew in a plane, I was 26. 

21. My greatest passion is restoring antique cars. 

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22. I am never without Blue Plate mayonnaise when I’m on tour. 

23. I can whistle like an ambulance siren.

24. I make good cornbread from scratch. 

25. Dale Earnhardt once drove me from an airport in the Bahamas to my boat.

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