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    Favorite "National Anthem" Performance

    Anyone else remember a stunning performance of the Star Spangled Banner or seen one on youtube that you'll never forget? Was thinking about this during the parade I went to this morning, had a phenomenal 9 year old boy sing.

    Saw this one online a while back, 7 year old at a college basketball game:
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR2rvxSUr7w]YouTube - 7 year old sings National Anthem - Anthony Gargiula[/ame]

    And this one nearly makes me want to cry. A disabled man got a little nervous, and the Fenway Faithful picked him right up.
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhcZRFcjbhw]YouTube - National Anthem Fenway Park[/ame]



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    Re: Favorite "National Anthem" Performance

    Can't say I have a favorite, but I know what style I like--nice and simple. When it gets long and drawn out (e.g. at most post-season "event" games) it's usually overkill IMO.




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    Re: Favorite "National Anthem" Performance

    Agreed. Just sing the song.



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    Re: Favorite "National Anthem" Performance

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dyLkkNx_84]YouTube - Lee Greenwood - GOD Bless The USA[/ame]



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    Re: Favorite "National Anthem" Performance

    Marvin Gaye, no doubt about it.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRvVzaQ6i8A]YouTube - Marvin Gaye sings American National Anthem[/ame]


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    Re: Favorite "National Anthem" Performance

    Marvin Gaye 1983 NBA All Star game



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    Re: Favorite "National Anthem" Performance

    And this one nearly makes me want to cry. A disabled man got a little nervous, and the Fenway Faithful picked him right up.
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhcZRFcjbhw"]YouTube - National Anthem Fenway Park[/ame][/QUOTE]

    And frankly this is the way it ought to be sung every time it's done. No matter how young the kid is or fabulous the performance is, there's nothing better than tens of thousands of people singing it together.


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    Re: Favorite "National Anthem" Performance

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4880PJnO2E]YouTube - Mo Cheeks National Anthem[/ame]

    I thought it was really cool watchin the coach come out and help. Marvin is by far my favorite though with Whitney Huston in a close second.



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    Re: Favorite "National Anthem" Performance

    another favorite National Anthem performance was before an NBA game, Maurice Cheeks helped a girl who had forgotten the words to the Star Spangled Banner



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    Re: Favorite "National Anthem" Performance

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonedcm View Post
    another favorite National Anthem performance was before an NBA game, Maurice Cheeks helped a girl who had forgotten the words to the Star Spangled Banner

    This....

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbtIP70QfJM]YouTube - The USA National Anthem failure[/ame]


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    Re: Favorite "National Anthem" Performance

    Glad no one mentioned the Roseanne Barr debacle...oops I just did.



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    Re: Favorite "National Anthem" Performance

    I enjoyed it when she grabbed her crouch at the end of the song



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    Re: Favorite "National Anthem" Performance

    Whitney Houston at the Super Bowl during Desert Storm may be one of the best ever.
    I sing the song at several events and a couple times with smaller crowds just ask everyone to join with me, so I just start off and put the mic down.


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    Re: Favorite "National Anthem" Performance

    (1) Instrumentals
    (2) A cappella groups (preferably 4-6 people, but the Iowa Statesmen are also rock solid)
    (3) Soloists that finish in 1:20 or less (the song's not a funeral dirge, nor is it about you, folks...get a move on.)



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    Re: Favorite "National Anthem" Performance

    Without a doubt it's Super Bowl XXV and Whitney Houston. It's 1991 and Operation: Desert Storm. I think the emotion that is shown by the man crying during her performance just about sums it up.



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