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Saturday, March 30, 2024

Saturday Music Post - Memphis Soul at the White House

On April 9, 2013, President Obama hosted a "Memphis Soul" concert at the White House. It was part of a series called "In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of American Music," including a "Tribute to Motown," a "History of Gospel," "Red, White, and Blues," "Celebration of Broadway," an "Evening of Classical Music," awarding of the "Gershwin Prize" to Burt Bachrach and Stevie Wonder, and more. Some of these will be featured in future Saturday posts.

The Memphis clips are all great, but the post starts with Obama's moving introduction to the concert. Here is a brief summary, referring to Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper: "“They weren’t allowed to go to school together. They weren’t always allowed to travel or eat together. But no one could stop them from playing music together.”

The post is at The Faculty Lounge.

Posted by Steve Lubet on March 30, 2024 at 05:37 AM | Permalink

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