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April 13, 2024

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Richard Zitrin

This week's post had me doing a deep dive into the singing of one of my favorites, Jose Feliciano. I’ve always been a sucker for unique sounds, and he’s one. I was the only one in my cohort to prefer his version of Light My Fire to the Doors’.

Further diving got me to his Star Spangled Banner, famed for his stylized version. It didn’t sound so radical to me now, but apparently it was the first instance of what’s now become popular – singing the anthem “my way.” Here’s Chet Huntley presenting it, thankfully neutrally, on NBC News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oqeKELBdio. Feliciano sang it again before a playoff game in San Francisco 44 years later, where he was introduced to applause as the first to stylize the song. And, I might add, improve on it.

Steve L.

Sorry about the delay, Richard. The link in your comment caused it to get stuck in the spam folder.

Feliciano sang the Star Spangled Banner at a 1968 World Series game between St. Louis and Detroit, which caused a great uproar; something on the order of Colin Kaepernick kneeling or Tommy Smith and John Carlos raising their fists at the 1968 Olympics.

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