February 28, 1991
Seventeen members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will not take their seats until the playing of the national anthem is done. Kirk Trevor, conductor of the 100-member orchestra, said the protest was not against the Gulf War but AGAINST THE KIND OF ZEALOUS PATRIOTISM that some believe leads to war. In past years, the season's first symphony performance has begun with the national anthem. But this year, the anthem will open every performance.
June 19, 2004 |
Aretha Franklin's performance of the national anthem before the decisive Game 5 of the NBA Finals was prerecorded and lip-synched, one of the Queen of Soul's producers said. "We recorded vocals for Aretha Franklin last year at her house, in her vestibule," producer Brian Pastoria told the Detroit Free Press for a Friday story. "One of the things we recorded was the national anthem -- the one that was played at the Palace on Tuesday night."
July 29, 1990 |
The San Diego Padres just called to ask if I could sing the national anthem at one of next week's baseball games. "We're looking for people who can outsing Roseanne Barr," a Padre spokesperson spoke. "And I'm the first person you called?" I asked. "Frankly, no." "Who did you call before me?" "Arnold Schwarzenegger." "I see." "And Rob Lowe, and Jerry Lewis, and George Burns, and Sylvester Stallone, and Burt Reynolds, and Robert DeNiro, and Whoopi Goldberg and Pee-wee Herman." "Anybody else?"
August 29, 1990 |
A San Bernardino radio station has joined several East Coast radio stations in banning Sinead O'Connor from its airwaves. The action by KGGI-FM (99.1) is part of a growing protest over the Irish singer's refusal to have the U.S. national anthem played before her concert last Friday at the Garden State Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J.
February 7, 2004 |
R&B singer Kiley Dean will sing the national anthem at the Pro Bowl in Honolulu on Sunday, replacing JC Chasez of 'N Sync, who pulled out in a dispute with the NFL. The NFL had asked Chasez to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" after removing him from the halftime show out of concern that some of his lyrics may be too suggestive. The league said it was being extra cautious following the Super Bowl halftime show incident involving Chasez's bandmate Justin Timberlake.
October 6, 1990 |
Take a controversial singing star, a trendy food store and a meat clerk trying to make a political statement. Put them together, and oh say, you can see what happened this week at Mrs. Gooch's of Beverly Hills. It all began when award-winning recording artist Sinead O'Connor went shopping at Mrs. Gooch's Natural Food Market on Tuesday.
March 14, 1996 |
Civil libertarians are behind Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf in his refusal to stand for the playing of the national anthem on religious grounds, but leaders of the faith that he embraces said Wednesday those grounds might be shaky. Abdul-Rauf, a guard and the leading scorer of the Denver Nuggets, was suspended by the NBA without pay a few hours after telling reporters Tuesday that he considered the flag "a symbol of oppression, of tyranny" and that he would continue to refuse to stand for the anthem.
March 15, 1996 |
The suspension is over, and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf will be in Chicago tonight, this time standing, if not to honor America at least to honor his contract, while the national anthem is played. Abdul-Rauf, the leading scorer for the Denver Nuggets, said Thursday he would obey the NBA rule requiring players, trainers and coaches to stand respectfully while the anthem is played before games, and the league rescinded his suspension after one game.
October 22, 2001 |
There's a hot songwriting name topping the pop charts: Francis Scott Key. A Georgetown lawyer who was inspired after a September attack on America's East Coast scribbled his words on the back of an envelope to create what has become another platinum hit for Whitney Houston. Houston recorded "The Star-Spangled Banner" during another time of battle--at Super Bowl XXV in 1991, when the Persian Gulf War was in full swing. Her rendition, later released on a single by public demand, reached only No.
July 14, 1990 |
With hard-liner Yegor K. Ligachev and ideology chief Vadim A. Medvedev out of the running for the Communist Party Politburo's new lineup, talk at the party congress turned Friday to whether the two, once among the nation's most powerful men, would now be compiling their scrapbooks and growing roses. Ligachev, as chipper as ever amid a mass of reporters, said he plans to go home to Siberia and write a book. "I'm leaving," he said.