•   
  •   
  •   

EntertainmentOak Ridge Boys kept solemn promise to George H.W. Bush: 'It's what you do for friends'

21:20  05 december  2018
21:20  05 december  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

‘Saturday Night Live’ Pays Tribute To President George H.W. Bush

‘Saturday Night Live’ Pays Tribute To President George H.W. Bush Airing 24 hours after news broke of George H. W. Bush’s passing, Saturday Night Live paid tribute to the former president who was the subject of 22 sketches on the late-night program during his Presidential campaign and four-year tenure. At the end of the Weekend Update, hosts Michael Che and Colin Just switched to a serious tone as they acknowledged the death of America’s 41st president, sending thoughts and condolences to his family. “President Bush was famously a very warm and gracious man who always understood the power in being able to laugh at yourself,” Jost said.

George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018) was an American statesman and Republican Party politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993.

President Bush invited the band The Oak Ridge Boys to perform at the White House and even took them on Air Force One. NPR' s Michel Martin talks with band member Joe Bonsall about his memories of Bush . Do you guys think you could sing a couple of songs for me?

Oak Ridge Boys kept solemn promise to George H.W. Bush: 'It's what you do for friends' © Jason Davis, Getty Images for Country Music H The Oak Ridge Boys sang “Amazing Grace” for Bush during his 1989 inauguration ceremonies, in the White House and at this family’s home in Maine. They then promised Bush they'd reprise the song at his funeral. (From left: Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban)

The Oak Ridge Boys have taken a suit and tie everywhere they’ve gone for the last couple of months in preparation for the call members knew was coming sooner than later.

Long before his death, former president George H. W. Bush wrote that he wanted his favorite group – The Oak Ridge Boys – to sing “Amazing Grace” at his funeral. When Bush, the nation’s 41st president, passed away Friday, Oak Ridge Boys members were ready to show up whenever they were needed. Suits in hand, the men will board a private jet Wednesday night following their concert in Spokane, Wash., to fly overnight to Houston, Texas. About four hours after they land, they’ll start preparing for Bush's hometown funeral service.

Grammy Nominations Bumped Back This Week Due to George HW Bush Memorial

Grammy Nominations Bumped Back This Week Due to George HW Bush Memorial The 61st Grammy Awards nominations will now be announced on Friday, Dec. 7, instead of Wednesday, Dec. 5 as previously planned due to memorial services for former President George H.W. Bush, it was announced on Monday. Select categories will be announced live on "CBS This Morning" and on Apple Music at 8:30 a.m. ET. Immediately following, at 8:45 a.m. ET, the Recording Academy will announce nominations across all 84 categories via press release, GRAMMY.com, and the Recording Academy's social media platforms. The former Republican president and Navy fighter pilot Bush died Friday at age 94. Details of his memorial service  were later announced on Saturday night.

Longtime country music institution the Oak Ridge Boys serenaded an ailing George H . W . Bush over the phone Friday, reaching the former president at the “This friendship goes back many years,” said Bush ’ s office in a statement, “and what happened yesterday gave the president a real shot in the arm.”

George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018) was an American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States (1989–93), and the 43rd Vice President of the United States (1981–89).

“It’s what you do for friends,” said the Oak Ridge Boys’ Duane Allen.

The group has been in talks with the Bush family to participate in Bush’s final proceedings for six months, but the call came three or four weeks ago that his condition had deteriorated further.

First performed for Bush in 1980s

Allen’s relationship with Bush dates back to the 1960s when the singer and his friends were hired to distribute flyers promoting Bush, who was then running for office in Texas. In the 1980s, when Bush was vice president, Allen remembers the group met the young politician when they were booked to play a barbecue at the White House. Bush had to leave for Africa before the group’s performance, but he couldn’t start his trip without seeing them sing.

Inside George H.W. Bush's unlikely friendship with Dana Carvey

Inside George H.W. Bush's unlikely friendship with Dana Carvey Carvey famously impersonated Mr. Bush on Saturday Night Live

The Oak Ridge Boys and band with George H . W . Bush at the White House during the Congressional BBQ Picnic (photo by Kathy Gangwisch). USA – What can we say that hasn’t been said or WILL be said about the loss of President George Herbert Walker Bush …

George Walker Bush (born 6 July 1946) is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. He is the eldest son of Barbara and George H . W . Bush .

“We were doing soundcheck and here came this long and lanky guy with a bag over his shoulder running toward the stage from the White House,” Allen recalled. “He said, “I’m a huge country music fan and you’re my favorite group. Is there any way you can do some songs for me?’”

Bush requested little-known album cuts, which the Oak Ridge Boys gladly played for him. And, he presented the group with vice presidential T-shirts from the bag he carried from the White House.

Oak Ridge Boys kept solemn promise to George H.W. Bush: 'It's what you do for friends' © Provided by Gannett Co., Inc. The Oak Ridge Boys compare colorful socks with former President George H. W. Bush.

“That was the start of our relationship with George H.W. Bush,” Allen said. “We sang for him at his call after that. We’d fly to Kennebunkport (Maine) with our wives, and stay in their house and spend the summertime with them together. We last went two years ago and had lunch with them. Those were some of the most special times in our lives.”

How George H.W. Bush survived his harrowing brush with death in World War II

How George H.W. Bush survived his harrowing brush with death in World War II Mr. Bush's plane was hit during World War II, forcing him to bail out over the water

The Oak Ridge Boys joined Dana Perino Monday on "The Daily Briefing" to reflect on their long relationship with George H . W . Bush . And I'll be honest with you -- it ' s not the last time we'll sing for him." Watch more above. 'We'll Never Forget That': Dan Quayle, Brit Hume Share Their Favorite

George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009.

The Oak Ridge Boys sang “Amazing Grace” for Bush during his inauguration ceremonies, in the White House and at this family’s home in Maine. The singers feel privileged to get to sing it for him one more time.

"President Bush means so much to us," said The Oak Ridge Boys' Richard Sterban. "George Bush requested before he passed away that we sing 'Amazing Grace,' his favorite song, at his funeral. There's no way we wouldn't do it. He always taught us to do the right thing, and it is a tremendous honor. One final time here on this earth, we're going to sing it for him and we believe in our hearts we'll see him again one day and we'll sing it for him again."


George H.W. Bush's Secret Service detail signs off with a heartfelt message.
The Secret Service had a touching message for the president, code-named "Timberwolf," after protecting him for nearly 40 years.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!