People, Mar. 18, 1974

Singer Pearl Bailey was displeased with her accompanist. When he tried to resign, saying "I probably don't know any songs you know," she shrugged, "Mr. President, anything you play, I know—however old." But when he broke into a stilted Home on the Range, she withered him with "I came here to sing a song, not to ride a horse." Finally, Pearlie Mae and President Richard Nixon harmonized. With 41 Governors and guests at the White House dinner last week, they chorused My Wild Irish Rose and God Bless America.

First, Cher kept putting down...

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