But his trademark black cowboy hat soon gave him away,and an excited throng stood in line for autographs and pictures with him.
It was Garth Brooks,the famous country music singer and songwriter.
He was at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum on Tuesday to donate items from his career to the American History Museum's “Treasures of American History” exhibition.
Brooks said he was honored to be in the museum and to have his donations on display among those of other great singers.
“To say that I am flattered would not be enough. I always thought that when this happened I would feel like Elvis,but I don't,” he joked.
He donated a guitar he smashed in 1991 during his first NBC television special. The guitar was later put back together,although it still is missing parts.
He also donated his first gold record and cassette,received for the 1989 album,”Garth Brooks.” Handwritten lyric sheets for the song “Beaches of Cheyenne,” his first gold record,a pair of boots and a cowboy hat are also part of the donation.
Because the American History museum is closed for renovations,most of the Brooks items will not be on view until the museum reopens next year. A few of them will be on display beginning next month in a temporary exhibit of some of the museum's most-popular items at the Air and Space Museum.
“In many ways,American music is the soundtrack of American history,” Glass said,”not only the content of the music but the people who made the music.”
The musician is known for his ability to incorporate rock elements into his recordings and live performances. His success is legendary,with more than 123 million albums sold in the United States alone.
In March 1996 he went on a three-year concert tour,playing 350 shows in a 100 cities and selling more than 5.3 million tickets. He retired from touring in 1998 and he now spends time raising his three daughters. He is married to country music star Trisha Yearwood.