This is an early mechanical recording of what finally became the American National Anthem – 14 years later. At the time of this recording in 1917, the “Star-Spangled Banner” was just one of a number of hymns recognized for official use. John McCormack was the “Elvis” of the early 19-hundreds. He was born in Ireland, became a naturalised American but returned to and died in Ireland in 1945. He was an Italian trained tenor,celebrated for his performances of the classical and popular repertoires.
This is a modified version of the song. It has been taken from this record, but enhanced and remastered.