At the request of former President George H.W. Bush, the Oak Ridge Boys stood on the alter of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston to perform one last time for the President.
Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, Richard Sterban and Duane Allen performed a beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace” as the Bush family and mourners looked on.
“We’re here sir. We told you we would be. And it’s an honor,” Joe Bonsall began. “We first sang for him in October of 1983 on the lawn of the White House when he was Vice President and he said, ‘fellas,’ he always called us fellas, ‘would you sing me a few songs, I’m a big fan.’ For decades we have sang for him. This is again a real honor to be here.”
Joe went on to tell an anecdote about his friend, the President. “What a lot of people may not know is he fancied himself to be a good bass singer.” Joe said. “He was not.” Sons George W. Bush and Jeb Bush laughed and seemed to nod their heads in agreement. A singer he was not.
The Oaks went on to perform the Christian hymn, “Amazing Grace,” just as President George H.W. Bush wished.