"The Star Spangled Banner
" is a charity single
recorded by American singer Whitney Houston
to raise funds for soldiers and families of those involved in the Persian Gulf War
. Written by Francis Scott Key
, "The Star-Spangled Banner
" is the national anthem
of the United States
. The musical arrangement for Whitney Houston's rendition was by conductor John Clayton
. The recording was produced by music coordinator Rickey Minor
, along with Houston herself.
Traditionally performed at sports games in the U.S., "The Star Spangled Banner" was performed by Houston at Super Bowl XXV
in 1991. Houston donated her portion of the proceeds.
After the September 11, 2001 attacks
, Arista Records
re-released Houston's "The Star Spangled Banner". She once again donated her share of the royalties, as did Arista Records, towards the firefighters and victims of the terrorist attacks. This time the single peaked at #6 on the US Hot 100, and was certified platinum
by the RIAA
. It also surprisingly peaked at #5 on the Canadian Singles Chart
. This now made Houston the first musical act to take the national anthem Top 10 in the US, and have it certified platinum.
Background and recording
In December 1990, when Whitney Houston was announced as the performer of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXV, Houston knew instantly how she wanted to interpret the tune there—with jazz chords and soulful gospel rhythms. So, Rickey Minor
, her longtime... Read More