Whitney Houston’s U.S. National Anthem “The Star Spangled Banner” Super Bowl XXV Rendition [Video]Category: Entertainment
On January 27, 1991 at the Super Bowl XXV, Whitney Houston performed the US National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Her rendition has garnered very positive response from almost of all music critics, being considered one of the best performances ever for the national anthem in music history and the benchmark for singers.
It was 10 days into the Persian Gulf War and this marked the first time the Super Bowl would be telecast in most countries around the world. Outside of North America and the United Kingdom, the Super Bowl was broadcast for the first time in such countries as Australia, Russia, and most other countries. It was televised live on American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in the United States.
Whitney Houston took the field at Tampa Stadium and performed “The Star Spangled Banner,” back by the Florida Orchestra along with music director Jahja Ling, before 73,813 fans, 115 million viewers in the United States and a worldwide television audience of 750 million.
Houston wears a white tracksuit with a red and blue print and hairband, an athletic uniform that refers to the national tricolor red, white and blue. The announcer asks the audience to join in the honoring of “America” and “especially the brave men and women serving our nation in the Persian Gulf and throughout the world.”
Watch the video of Whitney Houston’s rendition:
The patriotic feeling of Houston’s stirring cover resonated so strongly with the public. Due to overwhelming response to her rendition, Arista Records announced that it was released as a single and video of her performance, and all profits would be donated to a charity connected with the war effort.
According to Clive Davis, Arista Records’ decision to release the record came after three days of being flooded with phone calls from all over the country from people asking to buy copies of the single. Hundreds of radio stations around the country aired the song from tapes they had recorded from the TV broadcast.
On May 16, 2000, the song and its video were released on CD, VHS and DVD of her Whitney: The Greatest Hits, worldwide. That was the first release of the song in most countries.
After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Arista Records re-released Houston’s “The Star Spangled Banner”. She once again donated her share of the royalties, as did Arista Records, towards the firefighters and victims of the terrorist attacks. This time the single peaked at #6 on the US Hot 100, and was certified platinum by the RIAA. It also surprisingly peaked at #5 on the Canadian Singles Chart. This made Houston the first musical act to take the national anthem Top 10 in the US, and have it certified platinum. In 2001, the song reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100, which was Houston’s last Top 10 entry on the chart.
Whitney Houston was discovered dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, on February 11, 2012.If you want to receive my latest posts, please subscribe to my full feed RSS or have them delivered through email. Just enter your email address below and hit the Subscribe button.