Whitney Houston's 'Star-Spangled Banner' To Wave Again By Shaheem Reid
While choosing new tunes for her upcoming album, one of Whitney Houston's old hits inspired some feelings of patriotism.
According to her label, Houston, who had been in the process of picking songs for the LP with Arista CEO L.A. Reid before last Tuesday's terrorist strikes, decided to do her part to help the country recover by agreeing to have her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" re-released.
Houston has waived her royalty rights to the recording and instead the proceeds will be split between the New York Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund and the New York Fraternal Order of Police Fund, Arista said.
The singer originally performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" right before the start of Super Bowl XXV in 1991; the nation was embroiled in the Persian Gulf War at the time. The patriotic feeling of her stirring cover resonated so strongly with the public that it was released as a single, and earned a gold certification in April 1991. Those profits went to the Gulf War Crisis Fund.
NEWSFILE: 18 SEPTEMBER 2001
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