President Obama sings 'Sweet Home Chicago' at White House event with Mick Jagger and Buddy Guy

By Sammi Cassin,

While Mitt Romney was busy choking out a sad version of "America the Beautiful" after he won the Florida primary earlier this month, President Obama has showed off his singing chops at various events throughout his time in office. Whether it's serenading the first lady with a rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," or an impromptu performance of Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools" on the campaign trail in 2008, there's no doubt that the president knows how to get funky.

Apparently, the president just can't resist a good song. Reuters reported that Obama just couldn't help himself as he joined in a performance of "Sweet Home Chicago" with Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy and B.B. King at a White House function on Tuesday.

During their performance, Jagger handed the microphone to the president to join in for a verse of "Sweet Home Chicago," in tribute to his hometown. After Guy prodded Obama to join in, he really had no choice but to sing a few lines.

"We were trying to get you to help us sing," said Guy to Obama during the performance. "I heard you singing Al Green. So you started something. You got to keep it up now. You can do it."

The performance was in celebration of blues music and the influence it has had on modern music and current pop culture. According to The Washington Post, the performance was taped for a TV special that will air on February 27 as part of "In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues," in honor of Black History month. When the president addressed the crowd at the beginning of the night, he spoke about the importance of music and the blues in society.

"This music speaks to something universal," said Obama before the performance. "No one goes through life without both joy and pain, triumph and sorrow. The blues gets all of that, sometimes with just one lyric or one note."



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