It seems incredible now, but less than a year before the Kansas City Royals began play and Jimi Hendrix offered his take on the Star-Spangled Banner at Woodstock, Spanglish pop singer Jose Feliciano played a soft acoustic version before a World Series game in Detroit >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1ZQawbo4Mo
Just to show you what a difference less than a year can make, Feliciano’s version was deemed disrespectful by many war veterans and many more citizens, who perceived his effort as more disrespect from another young malcontent — which hurt his career for several years. In fact, it was intended by Feliciano as a heartfelt show of respect for an adopted country that offered the opportunity to improve his life, as well as the lives of his family members >>> http://the1968exhibit.org/reflections/singing-national-anthem-world-series-jose-feliciano
Interestingly, Feliciano performed in 1968 at the invite of Tigers Hall of Fame announcer Ernie Harwell; in 2010, Feliciano again joined Tiger Nation with his same take on the song, but with a much better reception >>> http://m.mlb.com/det/video/topic/0/v7953033/nyydet-jose-feliciano-sings-the-national-anthem/?c_id=det
Then in 2012, Feliciano was even invited to sing the National Anthem to kick off the National League Championship Series >>> http://www.usatoday.com/story/gameon/2012/10/14/jose-feliciano-star-spangled-banner-giants-cardinals-nlcs-guitar/1633487/
Today, of course, Feliciano’s interpretation sounds tame by most comparisons, and you can even buy it on one of his compilation albums or on iTunes.