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Jose Feliciano Jazzes Up "The Star-Spangled Banner"

1968

Long before the US National Anthem becomes a performance piece, the Puerto Rican singer Jose Feliciano makes waves when he does a slow, jazzy version of the song before Game 5 of the World Series between the Tigers and Cardinals. Among those joining the uproar are Tigers starting pitcher Mickey Lolich, who complains that the overly long rendition screwed up his pregame routine.

Feliciano's non-traditional anthem is his way of expressing his love for America (it's in character, as he is known for his avant-garde cover of "Light My Fire"), but it causes a fair amount of controversy and his career suffers from the fallout, as some radio stations take his songs out of rotation. There is a great deal of positive reaction as well: a recording of the performance is released as a single and reaches #50 on the Hot 100.

By the '90s, singers are regularly adding their own embellishments and flourishes to the National Anthem, often to rapturous applause. Feliciano is not invited to sing the song again until 2003, when the Marlins have him perform it before a playoff game against the Cubs. The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York honors him by putting his 1968 recording on display in an exhibit where visitors can hear it.

Feliciano was good luck for the Tigers - they were down 3-1 in the series, but won Game 5 and took the next two games in St. Louis to win the World Series.

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