President Obama is mourning the death of blues legend B.B. King, and reminding fans that he got to sing “Sweet Home Chicago” with King at the White House.
“I hadn’t expected that I’d be talked into singing a few lines of ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ with B.B. by the end of the night, but that was the kind of effect his music had, and still does,” Obama said in a statement. “He gets stuck in your head, he gets you moving, he gets you doing the things you probably shouldn’t do – but will always be glad you did.”
Obama praised King for inspiring new artists and spreading the “gospel” of the blues.
“The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend,” he said, concluding that: “B.B. may be gone, but that thrill will be with us forever. And there’s going to be one killer blues session in heaven tonight.”