Let’s look back over the past 50+ years and provide you with some awkward moments of The POTUS and their association with music.
May 19, 1962, In honor of his 45th birthday, Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday” to President John Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in New York. Quips the President, “I can now retire from politics after being sung ‘Happy Birthday’ in such a sweet, wholesome manner!”
Lyndon Baines Johnson is the obvious inspiration for the song “LBJ” from the 1968 musical “Hair”
December 21, 1970 and Richard Nixon meets Elvis Presley at the White House to swear him in as an undercover agent in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. A movie is expected to be released in 2016 about this historic meeting with Kevin Spacey playing Nixon and Michael Shannon playing Elvis.
December 13, 1974 George Harrison accepts the invitation of President Gerald Ford’s son Jack to attend lunch at the White House. Also attending on this day are Harry Harrison (George’s dad), Billy Preston, Ravi Shankar & Tom Scott.
President Jimmy Carter greets Cher and Greg Allman in 1977
Greg Allman and President Carter go back before he became President. Here’s Greg talking his relationship
1981 Donny Osmond sings “Ronnie B. Goode to President Ronald Reagan
Not sure if the Blues is the way to go but that’s the way it was at the 1989 Inaugural Concert for President George H.W. Bush: Albert Collins, Steve Cropper, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Eddie Floyd, Dr. John, Delbert McClinton, Sam Moore, Billy Preston, Percy Sledge, Carla Thomas, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble featuring Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Louis Walker and Ronnie Wood perform.
In 1992, before he became President, Bill Clinton played “Heartbreak Hotel” on saxophone during The Arsenio Hall show.
President George W. Bush and Bono March 14, 2002
President Barack Obama sings a little bit of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”