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BLUES AT THE WHITEHOUSE-PRESIDENT OBAMA SINGS ‘SWEET HOME CHICAGO’, MICK JAGGER TALKS OF SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON, JEFF BECK PLAYS HOWLIN’ WOLF!!!

 

 

How times have changed as President Obama joined a band of blues all-stars including Mick JaggerB.B. King, Booker T. Jones, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck  and Derek Trucks for a rendition of the standard “Sweet Home Chicago” last night at a concert in the East Room of the White House celebrating the blues. President Obama, who recently cheered music fans by singing a few lines from Al Green’s classic ‘Let’s Stay Together’  at an event in Harlem, was just as good in this impromptu performance, which happened when the musicians urged the President to pick up a microphone.

 

Mick Jagger took a turn fronting an all-star blues band at last night’s celebration of the music at the White House, singing Otis Redding’s ‘I Can’t Turn You Loose’ and paying tribute to the late great guitarist Hubert Sumlin with a Howlin’ Wolf song that featured Jeff Beck. In between, Jagger shared with the audience about loving the blues from an early age, when he often saw Sonny Boy Williamson perform in England. He told how singer /harmonica player Williamson, took note of the blues-loving young bands like the Rolling Stones: “Those English boys, they want to play the blues real bad,” he said. “And they do – real bad.”

 

The performances will be show as part of the ‘In Performance at the White House’ series, the President and First Lady invite music legends and contemporary major artists to the White House for a celebration of Blues music and in recognition of Black History Month. The program will include performances by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark, Jr., Shemekia Copeland, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Keb Mo, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, with Taraji P. Henson as the program host and Booker T. Jones as music director and band leader.

 Videos – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhO1DnNKYbo President OBama

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KV3JaX1nn4  Mick Jagger ‘ I Can’t Turn You Loose’

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwU-urKZkWc&feature=related Five Long Years – Mick Jagger, Buddy Guy, Booker T, Jeff Beck

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPsqysU4SWs&feature=related Susan Tedesci, Derek Trucks, Warren Hayes

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