[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Whitney Houston[/lastfm]’s version of our National Anthem is still one of the most stirring performances of all time. But long before Whitney, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”], Marvin Gaye[/lastfm] had sung it before a couple of sports classics – with two very different versions. Legendary Detroit Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell invited Marvin to sing it at Tiger Stadium before Game 4 of the 1968 World Series between the Detroit and St. Louis. Then in 1983, a more mature and confident [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Marvin Gaye[/lastfm] sang it again at the NBA All Star Game, with a completely different arrangement. Some loved it, others considered it blasphemy.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Marvin Gaye[/lastfm] – October 6, 1968 – World Series Game 4
Now compare that with Marvin’s 1983 version.