Mick Jagger, B.B. King And More Sing ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ With President Obama
Is it possible President Obama is looking to sing his way back into the White House this November? Last night the Commander in Chief was joined on stage by all all-star band that included Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Booker T. Jones. It took some convincing, but the President fronted the group of legends, if only for a few bars of ‘Sweet Home Chicago.’
“We were trying to get you to sing that,” one hears Guy saying in the video below. “Because I heard you had sung Al Green, so you started something so you gotta keep it up!”
The song was the conclusion of the ‘In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues’ special that will air on PBS next Monday (Feb. 27) at 9PM ET. Earlier Mr. Obama spoke about the importance of the music.
“The blues reminds us that we’ve been through tougher times before,” Obama said, according to CNN. “That’s why I’m proud to have these artists here not just as a fan but also as the president because their music teaches us that when we find ourselves at a crossroads, we don’t shy away from our problems. We own them. We face up to them. We deal with them. We sing about them. We turn them into art.”
Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band were also on stage for the show closer. After waving off the microphone, the President finally took a hold of it and sang began the chorus of ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ before passing it back to King and exiting with his wife.