WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says the brand of soul music that originated from a segregated Memphis, Tenn., in the 1960s sought to "create a little harmony with harmony."
He says the music is an important part of American history and it was being celebrated Tuesday night at the White House.
Obama spoke at a taping of the latest "In Performance at the White House" series, this one honoring Memphis soul.
Whites and blacks came together in Memphis in the 1960s to create a soulful blend of gospel and rhythmic blues despite the segregation that was in place.
Sam Moore, William Bell, Mavis Staples, Justin Timberlake, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite are among those performing.
Tuesday's concert will be shown live on the White House website, http://www.whitehouse.gov/live
The program is set to be broadcast next Tuesday by PBS stations nationwide.