People have been accidentally calling me Cal Smith ever since I’ve lived in Nashville, and I lived there for over thirty years. Even people who’d known me for years and who knew very well what my last name is.
I was at the Union picking up my Opry check once and happened to catch Cal’s drummer with my check.
I was in Branson with Faron and Cal called the motel room to speak to the bass player, whose name was Ray:
Me: “Cal.” (I recognized his voice.)
Cal: “No, this is Cal.”
Me: “So is this.”
And so on…
Well, Sharp is my real name; Smith is a stage name.