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Which New Jersey artist turned “The Star Spangled Banner” into a top-40 Billboard hit?
On January 27, 1991—ten days into the Persian Gulf War, Whitney Houston took the field at Tampa Stadium and performed "The Star Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXV. It was released that year as a charity single to benefit soldiers in the Persian Gulf War, and hit #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. A decade later, following the 9/11 attacks, the single was re-released to raise money for the victims and first responders. This time the single peaked at #6, making Houston the only artist to take the national anthem into the Billboard Top 10. The 2001 re-release of the single would be Houston's last Top Ten hit during her lifetime.
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