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Jose Feliciano Star Spangled Banner - 4th of July Huntington

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Published on Jul 5, 2008

Jose Feliciano's breakthrough interpretation of the US National Anthem, Oct. 7, 1968.

I heard Jose sing his own interpretation at the California Governor's Inauguration. He gave the song more beauty and depth than I'd ever heard before. The song is available for download on Jose's website, www.josefeliciano.com. I don't know where to find the original video, so I added my own pictures.

From JoseFeliciano.com:
"Puerto Rican blind singer/guitarist Jose Feliciano stunned the crowd at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, and the rest of America, when he strummed a slow, bluesy rendition of the national anthem before Game 5 of the World Series between Detroit and St. Louis. The 23-year-old's performance was the first nontraditional version seen by mainstream America, and it is generally considered the Lexington and Concord of Star-Spangled Banner controversies. The fiery response from Vietnam-weary America was not surprising, considering the tumultuous year for American patriotism. Good or bad, however, Feliciano's performance opened the door for the countless interpretations of the Star-Spangled Banner we hear today"

Pictures:
July 4th, 2008
Huntington Beach, CA
Main Street Parade, Downtown & Pier / Surf City USA

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