Four Tops and the Beach Boys, Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin: These are a few of Gov. Pat McCrory’s favorite things.
The governor’s mansion is decked out for the Christmas season, and McCrory has selected music of the 1960s and ’70s as the theme for the library. Some of his favorite vinyl record albums adorn the mantlepiece, and his Led Zeppelin albums are attached to four wreaths in the room.
Most of the mansion – which holds its holiday open house Thursday through Sunday – has traditional Christmas decorations. But the library gets a more personal touch and a unique theme. Last year, the room featured photos of pets, as First Lady Ann McCrory was pushing for new restrictions on puppy mills.
Curious about what gets the governor grooving? Here are the albums he picked for the mantle:
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• The Four Tops, “Reach Out,” featuring “7 Rooms of Gloom” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There”
• KC & The Sunshine Band, “Part 3,” which features “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” and “I’m Your Boogie Man”
• The Rolling Stones, “Miss You (Special Disco Version),” a 12-inch single that runs over eight minutes.
• Motown “Grammy Rhythm & Blues Performances of the 1960s,” which includes “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” by Gladys Knight & the Pips and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
• The Beach Boys, “L.A. (Light Album),” which features “Good Timin’ ” and “Lady Lynda”
Check out the decorations during the open house, scheduled for noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
“We invite everyone to come to the Executive Mansion and see the ‘people’s house’ lit up for the holidays,” McCrory said in a news release. “The Mansion is a historic Victorian home, and that architectural beauty is on full display during Christmas.”