It has been said that Whitney Houston performed what was possibly the best rendition ever of the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXV on January 27, 1991. Her performance that night is one of the most revered. Yes, there were reports that it was pre-recorded and that she lip-synced the actual performance but I’m not here to argue or discuss that. According to Wikipedia:
Dan Klores, a spokesman for Houston, explained: “This is not a Milli Vanilli thing. She sang live, but the microphone was turned off. It was a technical decision, partially based on the noise factor.
Regardless of whether it was live or not, I have to admire her patriotism, her joy, her smile, and the fact that well, she just plain and simply nailed every note (and let’s face it—it’s a well-known fact that America’s National Anthem is an unbelievably hard song to sing). A single was released after this performance which soared to the top of the charts making Whitney Houston the only act to turn the National Anthem into a pop hit of that magnitude. Houston donated all her share of the proceeds to the American Red Cross Gulf Crisis Fund. It was re-released after the 9/11 attacks and it was reported that all profits were donated to the firefighters and victims of the attacks.
I love the outburst of America’s patriotism displayed in this video which was due to the fact that Desert Storm had just begun. It gives me goosebumps.
I watch it today and I have two thoughts. I wonder… where has all that patriotism gone? And why does it seem to always take such a horrific tragedy to stir our patriotic spirits?