Jenna Bush picked You Are So Beautiful, the ballad made famous by Joe Cocker, for the father-daughter dance with President George W Bush at her wedding reception on Saturday night in Texas, the band leader said.
Tyrone Smith of Nashville and his 10-piece party band, The Tyrone Smith Revue, were hired to play at the reception in Crawford.
The band was asked to do Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes by Taj Mahal for the newlyweds' first dance. Smith spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday about the music plans, on the condition that the reporter honour a request by the Bush family not to release the information before the wedding.
Smith, who also played at one of the 2005 Bush inaugural balls at the Washington Convention Center, normally coaxes his audience members onstage to dance. He planned to make the president a target Saturday night.
"If he's around and the party's going, I'll get him up," Smith said. "I can't imagine him ducking out."
Smith planned to play Celebration by Kool & the Gang as the newlyweds arrived at the reception about 7 pm CDT in a tent on the 1,600-acre family ranch in Crawford. He said the band would play briefly, then break while the attendees have dinner, then resume and play until around 1 a.M. "It'll be a 'get down' party," Smith promised.
The band planned to do its usual show, which normally includes covers of Proud Mary, Play That Funky Music, Sweet Home Alabama, Crazy in Love, Hey Ya!, Brick House, I Heard It Through the Grapevine and others. Smith and his band have played at fraternity parties, nightclubs and weddings across the South for more than 20 years.