The Star Spangled Banner
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O say can you see by the dawn's early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave
Written by: David L Brunner, Francis Scott Key
Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC
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10 facts about this song
Category - Performance
"The Star-Spangled Banner" by Whitney Houston was delivered during the Super Bowl XXV in Tampa, Florida in 1991.
Category - Success
Houston's rendition was so well-received that it was released as a charity single. It became the first rendition of the national anthem to be a commercial success reaching the Top 20 on the US Hot 100 Billboard chart.
Category - Record-Breaking
Houston’s version was the first-ever "Star-Spangled Banner" to be certified platinum by the RIAA.
Category - Relevance
Her rendition is notably significant as it was performed during the time of the Gulf War, bringing a sense of unity and healing to the nation.
Category - Re-release
Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, the recording was re-released, donating the profits to the firefighters and victims of the tragedy.
Category - Legacy
Houston's performance is often considered one of the best renditions of "The Star-Spangled Banner" ever performed.
Category - Arrangement
The arrangement of this version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" was actually done by Rickey Minor, Whitney Houston's musical director.
Category - Honors
Whitney's performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" was honored with the release of a 20th anniversary edition in 2011.
Category - Instruments
Houston was backed by The Florida Orchestra, led by Maestro Jahja Ling, during the performance.
Category - Popularity
Even after three decades, Whitney Houston's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is often replayed during national holidays and sporting events.
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