I recently, along with everybody else in the blogsphere, posted President Obama singing "Sweet Home Chicago" with BB King. And I like… well, like the Washington Times back in October 2010 in response to the Obama's Ipod story, wondered what other presidents listened to. SO, with all the resources it takes to read and abridge John Haydon's hard work, here is WHAT THE PRESIDENTS LISTENED TO FOR KICKS…
Bush Junior: "George Jones and Alan Jackson, but also "My Sharona" by the Knack, John Fogerty’s "Centerfield," Van Morrison’s "Brown-Eyed Girl," and "Swinging From the "Chains of Love" by Blackie and the Rodeo Kings"
Clinton: "Fleetwood Mac, Joan Baez, Elton John, Sarah McLachlan, Carly Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, Willie Nelson and Van Morrison"
Bush Senior: Country music.
Reagan: "His favorite hymn was "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and his favorite song was the Frank Sinatra classic "Nancy (With the Laughing Face)."
Carter: "Bob Dylan, Allman Brothers, Paul Simon and the Marshall Tucker Band"
Nixon: Played piano
Kennedy: "Greensleeves,’ a very old English song." Mrs. Kennedy said she and her husband liked Tchaikovsky’s "Romeo and Juliet Overture" and Debussy’s "Prelude to ‘The Afternoon of a Faun.’"
Eisenhower: "Bach’s "Sheep May Safely Graze," Strauss’ "The Bat, overture," Verdi’s "La Traviata Act II ‘Di Provenza il mar,’" and Gershwin’s "Porgy and Bess."
Truman: "His favorite composers were Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin"
Abraham Lincoln: "attended many concerts and was fond of the Rumsey and Newcomb Minstrels and the Newhall Family singing troupe. He loved the tune "Old Hundred" and "The Lament of the Irish Emigrant." He also was fond of "Dixie" and loved it even after the war."
Thomas Jefferson: Played the violin, "He loved Haydn and, according to a daughter, liked to sing Scotch songs and Italian airs.'
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