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George Clooney leaves Tenors' Clifton Murray tongue-tied over golf fajitas

12/02/2014 03:12 EST | Updated 02/01/2015 05:59 EST
Clifton Murray of the classic vocal quartet The Tenors has shared the stage with some big acts — but he still found himself starstruck around one Hollywood A-lister.

"I always pride myself on being relaxed, being cool with whoever I meet," Murray told The Early Edition's Rick Cluff, in the studio to talk about the band's upcoming show in Vancouver on Tuesday.

The Canadian operatic pop group has performed with stars like Sir Paul McCartney, Neil Young and Celine Dion.

Murray said he has always managed to keep his cool — with one exception.

The singer was playing golf in Mexico on his birthday when, at the ninth hole, he ran into George Clooney.

"He was sitting there eating fajitas and he walked up to us because he had seen our show last night."

Murray is a big fan of Clooney's work, and found himself at a total loss for words.

"I was completely tongue twisted, and all I could say was...I'd look at the ocean and go 'Break neck wave, break neck wave.'"

It was fellow member of The Tenors, Fraser Walters, who got him out of the situation.

"He taps me on the shoulder and is like, 'I got this one Clif.'"

Murray's still not sure why he lost his composure around Clooney.

"I think it was the fact that I was caught off guard on my birthday, after a few drinks, that might have been part of it."

To hear more from The Tenors' Clifton Murray on The Early Edition, click on the audio clip labelled: Canadian Tenor Clifton Murray.

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