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Ted Williams stays up 'Late Night' with Jimmy Fallon

January 7, 2011 |  4:18 pm


Ted Williams Ted Williams, the homeless man whose baritone voice has made him a star, hit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on Thursday -- making Fallon's show the deli meat in a sudden-fame sandwich with multiple slices of "Today" and "The Early Show" as the bread on either side.

Williams introduced the show, then sat down with Fallon for an interview to explain how it all went down. 

"I was just flying my sign there" by the highway one day, he said, when a guy from the local newspaper came by, gave him a buck and asked about his voice, which was referenced on the sign.

"For the dollar he offered me -- you know, a dollar is like $20 sometimes --  I just went, 'When you're listening to the best of oldies, you're listening to Magic 98.9,' and he looked at me and he said, 'Here,' and he gave me $2." That guy came back days later with a camera, and the rest is history.

"I never thought anything would become of it," he said, and without Internet access had no way to check it out. Friends hunted him down after a radio show mentioned it was looking for him.

Watch the video, above, to witness that if nothing else, Ted Williams is quite the charmer.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Ted Williams takes a smoke break after his Thursday "Today" show appearance. Credit: Richard Drew / Associated Press