The country star shared a letter that Bush wrote to him on Oct. 1, 1992, right about the time the mania over his debut single, “Achy Breaky Heart,” was at its peak. The song was a hit on country radio and pop stations alike. Fans everywhere were even learning the line dance associated with the tune. They snapped up T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase.
Even Bush, who was one month away from losing his bid for a second term in office, was a fan. The former Texan obviously kept up with country music. In his letter to Cyrus, Bush thanked the singer for giving him an autographed photo during a visit to Opryland in Nashville.
He also congratulated the music newcomer on winning an award for the song from the Country Music Association — the Single of the Year — the previous night.
Bush, who was 68 at the time, added, “I have a tape of “Achy Breaky Heart” and agree with the judges — it’s a hit!”
In addition to Bush’s kindness, the “Some Gave All” singer surely appreciated Bush’s record of military service.
The 41st president died Friday at his home in Houston, following a years-long struggle with a form of Parkinson’s disease. He was 94.
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