Who Sang the National Anthem at the Yankees Game Today?

The answer to this question may surprise you – it was actually a recording of Whitney Houston that was played at the game!

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Francis Scott Key

Francis Scott Key was a lawyer and amateur poet who wrote the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the War of 1812. The poem was set to the tune of a British drinking song and became the official anthem of the United States in 1931.

The Star-Spangled Banner

The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from “Defence of Fort McHenry”, a poem written on September 14, 1814, by the then 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the large American flag, with 15 stars and 15 stripes, known as the Star-Spangled Banner, flying triumphantly above the fort during the U.S. victory.

The melody used is that of “To Anacreon in Heaven”, a popular British song composed by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a London social club for gentlemen amateurs who sang at their own parties and other functions.

The United States of America

The national anthem of the United States of America is “The Star-Spangled Banner”. The lyrics come from “Defence of Fort M’Henry”, a poem written on September 14, 1814, by the lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812.

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