Grammy Award-winning artist Jose Feliciano performs the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the Smithsonian’ National Museum of American History in Washington, Thursday June 14, 2018. Feliciano also donated objects reflecting his international career to the museum. (AP Photo/Luis Alonso Lugo)

Jose Feliciano donates guitar he performed US anthem 1968

June 14, 2018 - 4:52 pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — It was 50 years in the making.

Jose Feliciano on Thursday donated to the National Museum of American History the same guitar on which he performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the 1968 World Series in Detroit.

His Latin jazz-infused rendition, the first one personalized by a pop artist, took the national anthem for the first time to the Top 40 charts but also brought him heavy criticism from those who accuse him of destroying a sacred song.

Feliciano, known for hits such as "Light My Fire" and "Feliz Navidad," says his version was inspired by gospel and he did it to get the attention of people because "they sang it with no feeling, and they sang it quickly."

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