5 Most Musical Presidents: From Barack Obama to Thomas Jefferson – via Billboard.com

Happy Presidents Day!  Did you know the musical background that some of our nations Presidents have had? 

Barack Obama 

Obama’s a Grammy winner! taking home the Best Spoken Word Album Award in 2006 for his “Dreams From My Father.” He also sang “Sweet Home Chicago” along side Gary Clark Jr., B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Warren Haynes, and more!

Bill Clinton

The 42nd president of the United States had great success with his music before his presidency (winning first chair in the Arkansas state band saxophone section) that he considered a career in it.

Richard Nixon

Before his career became overshadowed in controversy, our 37th president proved to be one of the most musical. While his accordion skills were far from hidden, Nixon was also quite the accomplished pianist.

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Did our 34th president (1953-1961) start the music compilation trend? Perhaps. In 1956, Eisenhower released an album titled “The President’s Favorite Music: Dwight D. Eisenhower” with the cover featuring him and first lady Mamie

Thomas Jefferson
Our third president (1801-1809) was quoted saying that music “is the favorite passion of my soul,” and apparently the man meant it. His granddaughter, Ellen Wayles Coolidge, said that Jefferson was “always singing when ridin’ or walkin’.”

More details on each presidents musical lives on billboard.com