The 1968 rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner by Jose Feliciano has become an iconic moment in history for it saw the first stylization of the National Anthem by a popular artist before a public event. Since that occasion, which was tremendously controversial at the time, the “Star-Spangled Banner” is now stylized and celebrated by artists who bring to it their own personal and highly acceptable interpretations.
In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the writing of the poem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key which was later set to music and, later still, became the National Anthem of the United States, celebrations around the country have been taking place in its honor from Ft McHenry in Maryland to the Smithsonian in Washington DC to the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles.
In LA, the GRAMMY Museum received the actual guitar that Jose used to perform the Anthem as part of the exhibit they call, “Oh Say, Can You Sing: The Star-Spangled Banner in Popular Music” and will be on view until the 12th of October.
Additionally, Jose’s rendering of the National Anthem, which was taken from the original NBC television feed, can be heard as a permanent part of the exhibit “SACRED GROUND” in Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown!