Photo: Jose Felicano at Marlins Park
In 1968, Jose Felicano sang The Star-Spangled Banner, Latino style and got lamblasted, fast forward to last night’s opening day at the Miami Marlins new stadium and it was all love.
The Marlins hosted the St. Louis Cardinals to a full house while Jose Felicano got what some call his second chance to get it right. Check out the video.
Back on October 7, 1968 in Detroit, the Puerto-Rican blind singer sang a ‘Latin jazzy style’ version of the national anthem on acoustic guitar, according to the Miami Herald. Afterwards the singer faced enormous back lash with many saying the rendition was disrespectful and un-American.
Last night Felicano sang the song again in much the same way and this time to much praise.
What’s changed? Well for starters opening night at Marlins park was decidedly Latino flavored with Emilio Estefan handling the pre-game activities. And Miami unlike Detroit has a large Latino population.