Despite Soundgarden's authorship claims, Francis Scott Key
wrote "The Star Spangled Banner" in 1814 - two hundred years ago. On June
14, aka Flag Day, the The National Museum of American History will celebrate the 200th
anniversary of the song with an event called Anthem For America in
which organizers aim to present the largest group sing of the national anthem in history
at 4 p.m. ET.
The museum has put together a playlist of stellar
versions of "The Star Spangled Banner" in honor of Anthem For America featuring the
likes of Phish, Warren Haynes, Sam Bush and Rebirth Brass Band.
Here's a few of our favorites:
Warren Haynes utilizes one of the cleanest guitar tones we've heard him use for a
gorgeous solo version of the anthem.
New Orleans' Rebirth Brass Band delivers a horn-heavy take on "The Star Spangled
Banner" before a Texas Rangers baseball game.
Phish has performed their acapella take on "The Star Spangled Banner" in concert 18
times between 1996 and 2012 as well as at a handful of sporting events. The version above
took place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in 2010.
Sam Bush and his band do the anthem justice in an inventive version that combines
elements of The Beatles' "Within You, Without You" and "Third Stone From The Sun" by Jimi
Hendrix before moving on to the familiar bits of "The Star Spangled Banner."
[Published on: 6/4/14]