With the L. All-Star weekend in full swing, it's fitting to recall Marvin Gaye's iconic, controversial rendition of the national anthem from the ASG at the Forum. The performance has since become accepted and admired, but at the time it represented the latest example of art and patriotism in disharmony. Before Gaye, Jose Feliciano entered a firestorm after his acoustic rendition at the World Series.
Marvin Gaye Sings the National Anthem
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Being the head coach of the Lakers, and coaching the All-Star Game at the Great Western Forum that day … it just made it a special, almost spiritual-type moment for me. It was Feb. Even then the synergy of basketball icons and a musical icon made all the sense in the world. Thirty-five years ago, of course, things were different. Nowadays, fans have a huge say with regard to who starts in the game.
Marvin Gaye Sings The Most Epic National Anthem At The 1983 NBA All-Star Game
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