Two Army Rangers, one a Sgt., the other a Staff Sgt. ( I am sorry I don’t have their names), were introduced and honored before the Blues/Predators playoff game tonight. Then the singing of the Anthem was dedicated to the flood victims in the St. Louis area and throughout Missouri. Charles Glenn who often sings the anthem before Blues games, sang the beginning phrase, then stepped aside from the microphone and sang along with the fans. Over 19,000, a full house, sang the National Anthem together, louder and sweeter than I have ever heard any crowd at any sporting event sing it, EVER. I heard it on the radio as I was pulling into my garage, to go watch the game on TV. I never, ever heard it clearer or louder, or with more pride.
I have never been prouder of St. Louis fans EVER. Even the radio announcers…….after the last note………..said AWESOME; OVER 19,000 SING THE ANTHEM LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD IT. You have never heard a football crowd of 70,000 sing it that loud and clear, ever. I am being honest here………it had me in near tears.
It was 1966, I was a fourteen year-old. Wow, 49 years ago. Our confirmation class from church went to the Powell Music Hall to see the St. Louis Symphony in Concert with their very special guest B.B. King.
I wasn’t particularly a B.B. King fan, or one of The Symphony, but it was something new to do. I have always been glad I went. I totally enjoyed the experience.
What I remember most from the concert, it was a full house, the Symphony was on stage to open the concert, did a few pieces, then introduced B.B. King. When Mr. King came on stage………you should have seen the white folks in attendance in all their fur coats and suits get up and exit. I guess Mr. King was too Blusie and Jazzie and probably too black and those that left were too uppity and too rich to stoop so low to listen to a trashy guitar player.
The concert was wonderful! King and the Symphony adapted to one another and blended like they played every night together. It was an experience I will never forget. Mr. King was a pure talent and a national icon.