George H.W. Bush funeral: Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire pay tribute with classic songs

The Thursday funeral for George H.W. Bush was attended by a number of the former president's favorite artists, including Reba McEntire and the Oak Ridge Boys.

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The Houston funeral for George H.W. Bush Thursday morning was marked with musical tributes from a couple of the late former president's favorite country music acts.

The Oak Ridge Boys

One of the members of the quartet, Duane Allen, recalled meeting Bush when he was vice president.

‘Boys, I’m a big fan of yours and … would you do a song or two for me because I’m a huge fan,'" Bush told them. 

The Oak Ridge Boys said singing “Amazing Grace” at the service was an honor.

“What many don’t know is he considered himself a good bass singer," Allen said of the former president to a roar of laughter. "He was not.”

Reba McEntire

The Grammy Award-winning country singer sang "The Lord's Prayer" near the end of the service, often blinking back tears -- and drawing tears from the late president's son, George W. Bush.

McEntire was one of several country singers who posted about the former president after his death. In a Dec. 1 Instagram post, she shared a photo of herself and Bush, simply captioned: "My favorite."

St. Martin's Choir

Bush and his wife, Barbara, were members of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston for more than 50 years, and the church's choir was featured as part of the service.

As the choir sang "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," George W. Bush was seen nodding along enthusiastically to the beat. The song even drew a smile to his face.

"The Battle Hymn of the Republic" appears to be one of Bush's favorite tunes. The former president's dance to the tune at a 2016 memorial service in Dallas previously went viral. 

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