George H.W. Bush's favorite music group performs 'Amazing Grace' in a heartwarming tribute
The Oak Ridge Boys joined in celebrating the life of the late George H.W.Bush. Along with talent, they brought humor to the occasion, giving Bush's son a good laugh.
After Wednesday's state funeral, the Bush family flew to Houston Texas where they held a memorial service. George and Barbara, who passed earlier this year, worshipped at the St Martin's Episcopal Church for over half a century.
George was a longtime fan of country music and not just a fan of the Oak Ridge Boys. He was also their friend for decades before he passed. So much so that he had asked his favorite group to sing at his funeral. The clip of their performance is found below.
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Thus, on Thursday the men sang "Amazing Grace" as a heartwarming tribute. Before starting, the group recalled their first meeting with the 41st president.
"We first sang for him in October of 1983 on the lawn of the White House when he was vice president. He said, 'fellas, would you sing me a few songs, I'm a big fan.'"
"For decades we have sung for him, and this is, again, a real honor to be here."
Then he jokingly said:
"What a lot of people may not know is he fancied himself to be a good bass singer - He was not."
With that, George W. Bush, the deceased's eldest son, laughed along with the rest of the attendees.
The group said, "we'll sing for our president," then began their bellowing rendition of the patriot's favorite song.
The Oak Ridge Boys were so close to the former president that sometimes the "fellas" and their wives would spend time in the Bush home for the summer.
When speaking about the request Bush made of them, group member Richard Sterban said:
"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."
One other singer performed at the memorial service on Thursday. Reba McEntire belted out "The Lord's Prayer" and brought Bush Jr. to tears.
The two had also been friends for years before Bush passed. Other celebrities including Chuck Norris, Crystal Gayle, and Arnold Schwarzenegger were among the nearly 1,200 mourners.
On Wednesday, the state funeral's attendees included a rare appearance by all five living presidents.
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Current President Donald Trump, former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter sat together in a front row.
Bush's son was of course also present at the occasion. The men were all seated with their wives. And five vice presidents including Mike Pence were also at the funeral.
Bush was 94 when he passed away at his home on November 30. He will be buried next to his late wife and daughter in his family plot at College Station's Texas A&M University.