YouTube – Marvin Gaye sings American National Anthem

YouTube – Marvin Gaye sings American National Anthem

This is the best version of this song I have ever seen.

Stevie Wonder recounted this version of events to Thomas Dolby, who he was to sing this song with and Thomas remembers:   I announced my presence, and reminded him we had an anthem to record. He asked if I had any ideas for it. I said, what about a really slow sexy groove on a drum machine, and really spread it out? Stevie thought for a moment, then said ‘uh-uh. Marvin tried that one time man. He sang it that way at an NBA all-star game, and you know what? he never got on TV again until the day he died. Because all the network executives couldn’t handle a black man singing a sexy soul version of the National Anthem.’

Postscript:  I think I posted this before I saw the commercial now running during the olympics.  It’s a great spot!

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