“Sweet Home Chicago,” The Obama Version

“Sweet Home Chicago,” The Obama Version

“Sweet Home Chicago,” The Obama Version

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Feb. 22 2012 3:32 PM

“Sweet Home Chicago,” The Obama Version

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(US President Barak Obama (R) departs after helping Blues musician B.B. King (L) to the stage during a celebration of Blues music and in recognition of Black History Month as part of their “In Performance at the White House” series in Washington, DC, February 21, 2012.)

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Election 2012 is getting more musical all the time, even if the candidates aren't likely to sing in harmony. 

President Obama had his own entry for The Voice this week, in a blues standard performance at The White House that again proved he has real pipes.

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A group of top-notch musicians were playing for the president and guests at “In Performance at the White House: Red, White, and Blues,” which will air on PBS. Dared by blues giants Buddy Guy and B.B. King, the president took the microphone and sang a bit of “Sweet Home Chicago,” drawing cheers from the audience and fellow performers, including Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger.

Last month, the president’s a cappella tribute to Al Green at the Apollo Theater in New York during a fundraiser went viral. In a new interview with Jay Leno, Michelle Obama divulged that off-camera—and not in the presence of his musical betters—the president is far from bashful about breaking into song. In 40 years, those are going to be some interesting White House tapes. 

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.