Obama, music legends sing blues at White House

They were singing the blues at the White House Wednesday night, and it didn't have anything to do with politics.

The Obamas invited several music legends, from B.B. King to Mick Jagger, for a special concert to be shown on PBS next week.

Pictures: Blues at the White House

B.B. King, the proclaimed King of the Blues, kicked off the night, belting out his rendition of "Let the Good Times Roll."

Backed by an all-star line-up, King helped turn the White House into a cozy blues club in honor of Black History Month.

President Barack Obama told the audience gathered there, "As we celebrate Black History Month, the blues reminds us that we've been through tougher times before."

Mr. and Mrs. Obama swayed in their seats as blues legends -- Buddy Guy and Jeff Beck -- and rising stars like Trombone Shorty took to the stage.

Jagger, the Rolling Stones frontman danced his way onto the stage, bringing the crowd to its feet with an electrifying performance of "I Can't Turn You Loose."

This is the eighth time the Obamas have played host to musical legends at the White House. Last year, Stevie Wonder honored the world of Motown and Kris Kristofferson sang country music for the president.

Pictures: White House hosts country music performers
Pictures: Motown at the White House

And as last night's series wrapped up, the president couldn't resist singing the blues himself, helping pay tribute to his hometown of Chicago, singing "Sweet Home Chicago."

To watch Bill Plante's full report and catch the discussion on "CBS This Morning," watch the video in the player above.

  • Bill Plante

    Bill Plante is a CBS News Senior White House Correspondent

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