Marvin Gaye Sings Star Spangled Banner at 1983 NBA All-Star Game
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Here’s my pick for the best rendition of the Star Spangled Banner ever. It comes from the late great Marvin Gaye during the 1983 NBA All-Star Game, which was won by the Eastern team led by MVP Julius Erving and Larry Bird.
The rendition was used 25 years later for a very cool Nike Team USA basketball commercial titled “United We Rise.”
I can’t mention Gaye without showing these awesome old school pics of him playing ball with Jesse Jackson.
And this video of Gaye playing one-on-one with the late Don Cornelius.