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Monday, December 03, 2018

Tennessee musicians laud President Bush
A number of musicians issued statements following the Friday death of former President George HW Bush. Lee Greenwood said he traveled across the US with President Bush, including the opening of his theater in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. He was the best man, most generous patriot, and greatest friend a man could ask for, “says Greenwood. And Greenwood traveled with candidate Bush on his campaign for president. “There are many events on the campaign trail when we had personal time together. We were in the motorcade leaving one event when he pointed out the window at a single person standing on the sidewalk his quote was - “this is how you win an election - one person at a time.” Our last time to see President Bush was in Kennebunkport in August. We thought it might have been our final goodbye. He sang the words of my song “God Bless The USA” as I sat at his piano & played the song that tied us together for so many years. And the Oak Rideg Boys issued a ststement saying.... We started to sing for him in 1982 when he was VP, and we have been singing for him ever since. We have performed our songs on Air Force One, in Kennebunkport many times, and at his home in Houston, whenever we were in the area. We have performed at the White House and several of his key birthday celebrations. 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. 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. We WILL sing for him again one day. THIS is ASSURED!” Soul Man, Sam Moore, gave President Bush a guitar for his 1989 inauguation. “I had the honor of performing at his 1989 Inaugural concert 'The Celebration for Young Americans', his and Barbara’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration, where The Oak Ridge Boys helped celebrate them, The Points of Light Kennedy Center Concert & Fundraiser and last year’s One America Appeal hurricane relief concert. Our strength and comfort goes out to the entire Bush family who we’ve been fortunate to know, see and feel their collective love and admiration for Papa Bush who has now gone to join the love of his life, Barbara. Rest in heaven President Bush with Mama and that beautiful little girl you two lost but never forgot, Robin. God speed sir.”


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