Barry Manilow Sings "National Anthem" at Super Bowl (January 22, 1984)
Female vocalists asked to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl have outnumbered male vocalists by 2:1. This select group of male singers includes Barry Manilow, who was given the honor in 1984 at Super Bowl XVIII - the same Super Bowl made memorable for airing Apple's famous "1984" TV commercial that introduced the company's new Macintosh computer. (Beyonce's singing of the Anthem in 2004 was similarly overshadowed - by the scandalous "Nipplegate" incident during halftime.)
(Unfortunately, the clip of BM's performance that used to be in this space is no longer available.)
In addition to Manilow, other male singers who've sung the Star Spangled Banner include Neil Diamond; Billy Joel (twice); Aaron Neville (once solo, once w/Aretha Franklin); Harry Connick, Jr.; and Garth Brooks. Other divas have included Cher; Diana Ross; Whitney Houston; Mariah Carey; Jennifer Hudson - and Luther Vandross (in 1997).
I have loved Barry Manilow for years and he can still belt out a song to the point we were standing on our feet in Jacksonville. There is no one like Barry and I have to commend him for his great talent, involving his audience in songs and making us cry. I have waited this long to see him here and the wait was well worth it. He’s still amazing to me and always will be.
Posted by: Barry Manilow Tickets | 01/25/2011 at 06:25 AM
Thanks for your comment. Ill always have a soft spot in my heart for Cant Smile Without You and Copacabana. And although Ive never been to one of his concerts,friends who have always raved about his montage of TV commercials hes written.
Posted by: Robafry | 01/29/2011 at 03:01 PM