Radio Hanoi broadcasts Jimi Hendrix’s “Star Spangled Banner”

On this day in 1971, Radio Hanoi broadcasted Jimi Hendrix’s version of the “Star Spangled Banner.” Radio Hanoi was a propaganda radio station run by the North Vietnamese Army during the Vietnam War. I can’t imagine how the soldiers felt while listening to this epic song.

The studio version of Jimi’s rendition is available on the Rainbow Bridge album and Cornerstones collection. His performance of our nation’s anthem at the 1969 Woodstock Festival was among the most controversial renditions of the anthem ever.

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