Thursday, March 03, 2011
On this day in 1931 the United States officially adopted The Star Spangled Banner as its national anthem; just shy of sixty years later, Whitney Houston had a huge hit with the song, when she sang it at Super Bowl XXV. They were different times: President Bush led his country into a war with Iraq, despite an uncertain economy... Hm. Come to think of it, they were exactly the same times. Except, of course, that war had an exit strategy. Sort of.
A n y w a y... Houston remains the only singer to make the national anthem a chart hit, and she did it twice. A decade later, in the aftermath of 9-11, it was re-released, this time charting higher than it had before. Everyone has their own favourite version of the song, based on the singer and their style, but by popular demand surely this is the official favourite version.
Which is why I'm posting it here. Enjoy!
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