Oak Ridge Boys to keep presidential promise, sing 'Amazing Grace' at funeral
Country music group The Oak Ridge Boys will have the honor of performing during the memorial service of President George H.W. Bush.
FOX 17 News spoke with the Oak Ridge Boys and said their group was one of Bush's favorites. Bandmates said they had been asked personally years ago to sing "Amazing Grace" at his service.
The group had been in the family's plan for the service for the past six months but had been contacted by the family within the last three weeks to be prepared to perform.
According to the Oak Ridge Boys' website, the group had been playing for Bush since 1992 as various venues including the White House and Air Force One.
"But more than any of that, he was a friend. A good friend a dear friend we would even call him and sing to him when he wasn’t feeling well and Barbara swore that we had a healing effect on our FRIEND," the Oak Ridge Boys wrote online. "To say he will be missed is an understatement so let us just say that we will miss our friend. We have laughed together, shared tears together, fished together, hiked together, shared a lot of lobster together, and sang together. Yes he fancied himself to be quite the bass singer. We loved George Bush #41. Our families loved him. We are better people and, yes, better Americans for having ridden with him. We WILL sing for him again one day. THIS is ASSURED!"
The ceremony Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral, the nexus of state funerals, will cap three days of remembrance by dignitaries and ordinary citizens as they honored the Republican president who oversaw the post-Cold War transition and led a successful Gulf War, only to lose re-election in a generational shift to Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992.