Memoriam: Historic George H. Bush Inauguration Concert Featured Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bo Diddley




By DONNA BALANCIA

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bo Diddley and Sam Moore were among the stars who played soul and rhythm and blues at the historic Presidential Inauguration Concert for George H. Bush in 1989. 

Pres. Bush passed away on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 94 years old. 

Stars of soul and rhythm and blues shone brightly at the concert following the inauguration of Pres. Bush on Jan. 21, 1989. The concert, held at the Washington Convention Center was a formal event. Ron Wood, Delbert McClinton, Joe Lewis Walker and Dr. John also performed during the gala.

A video, “A Celebration Of Blues And Soul: The 1989 Presidential Inaugural Concert,” directed by David Deutsch captures the evening.

Soul and Blues Labels Stax Records and Chess Records

The official inaugural event featured some of the most well-regarded African-American musicians of 1950s and 1960s from the labels Stax Records and Chess Records. 

Sam Moore’s tribute was heartfelt as he issued a statement to the press Saturday about the passing of the former president.

“My wife Joyce and I are personally saddened by the passing of one of the most honorable decent men our country ever had serve as its President,” Moore said in a statement issued Saturday. 

After receiving "The Prez" guitar -- a present -- from Sam Moore of the former Sam and Dave soul duo, President Bush, left, plays the instrument with Republican National Committee Chairman Lee Atwater on Jan. 21, 1989. (Rick Lipski/The Washington Post)
After receiving “The Prez” guitar — a present — from Sam Moore of the former Sam and Dave soul duo, President Bush, left, plays the instrument with Republican National Committee Chairman Lee Atwater on Jan. 21, 1989. (Rick Lipski/The Washington Post)

Sam Moore Statement: ‘God Speed, Sir’

“Our strength and comfort goes out to the entire Bush family who we’ve been fortunate to know, see and feel their collective love and admiration for Papa Bush who has now gone to join the love of his life, Barbara,” Moore added. “Rest in heaven President Bush with Mama and that beautiful little girl you two lost but never forgot, Robin. God speed sir.”

In addition to the 1989 Inaugural concert, Moore also performed at Bush and Barbara’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration, where The Oak Ridge Boys helped celebrate them, The Points of Light Kennedy Center Concert and  Fundraiser and last year’s One America Appeal hurricane relief concert at Texas A and M in College Station.

See additional clips from the 1989 Inauguration concert here:

Setlist for 1989 Inauguration Concert for George H. Bush

Any Day Now – Chuck Jackson

I Don’t Want To Cry – Chuck Jackson

When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge

Right Place, Wrong Time – Dr. John

747 – Joe Louis Walker

Hoochie Coochie Man – Willie Dixon, Albert Collins, Delbert McClinton

Wang Dang Doodle – Koko Taylor feat. Willie Dixon

Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley

I’m A Man – Bo Diddley

Hey Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley

Born Under A Bad Sign – William Bell

B-A-B-Y – Carla Thomas

When Something Is Wrong With My Baby – Carla Thomas and Billy Preston

Knock On Wood – Eddie Floyd

Soul Man – Sam Moore

Just A Little Bit – Delbert McClinton

Standing On Shaky Ground – Delbert McClinton

Maybe Someday – Delbert McClinton

B-Movie Boxcar Blues – Delbert McClinton

Frosty – Albert Collins feat. Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Jimmie Vaughan

Lovestruck Baby – Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Jimmie Vaughan

Superstition – Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

Scuttle Buttin’ – Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble




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