Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1999

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: December 18, 1999

Statement on the Death of Grover Washington, Jr.,
December 18, 1999

Hillary and I were saddened to learn of the death of Grover Washington, Jr., one of America’s greatest musicians. I will always be grateful for the honor of playing saxophone with Grover back in 1993, after a White House jazz concert, and for the wonderful music he performed at my Inaugural celebrations and my 50th birthday celebration.

Grover Washington was as versatile as any jazz musician in America, moving with ease and fluency from vintage jazz to funk, and from gospel to blues to pop. "I want to be able to visit any genre," he once said, "and converse there with my horn." Grover Washington did exactly that, and beautifully. I will miss both the man and his music. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Christine, and their two children, Grover III and Shana.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Statement on the Death of Grover Washington, Jr., December 18, 1999," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1999 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 24, 1999 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995), 35:2680 Original Sources, accessed April 22, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D9MRJVHYWPKCVTL.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Statement on the Death of Grover Washington, Jr., December 18, 1999." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1999, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 24, 1999 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995), 35:2680, Original Sources. 22 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D9MRJVHYWPKCVTL.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Statement on the Death of Grover Washington, Jr., December 18, 1999' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1999. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, December 24, 1999 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995), 35:2680. Original Sources, retrieved 22 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D9MRJVHYWPKCVTL.