The Star-Spangled Banner

Composer: Francis Scott Key

Grateful Dead

No Grateful Dead recordings.


This list is not intended to be comprehensive.

no info Favorite American Marches, Imperial Brass Band, 1958
no info Happy Birthday Louis!, Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars, 1960
no info Call of Freedom, Various Artists, 1962
no info Jimi Hendrix Live, Jimi Hendrix, 1984
no info Greatest College Football Marches, University of Michigan Band, 1987
no info Rattle and Hum, U2, 1988
no info Flight Of The Cosmic Hippo, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, 1991
no info God Bless America, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 1992
no info Carnegie Hall Concerts, January 1942), Duke Ellington, 1992
no info Alive III, Kiss, 1993
info An American Reunion: A Musical Celebration, Various Artists (En Vogue), 1993
no info Union and Liberty, D.C. Hall New Concert and Quadrille Band, 1994
no info Jimi Hendrix Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix, 1994
info The Master: 1961-1984, Marvin Gaye, 1995
no info Planet Home, Charnett Moffett, 1995
info 41 Great College Victory Songs, University of Michigan Band, 1996
no info Great American Favorites, Various Artists, 1996
info Heart of Bluegrass, Various Artists (Charlie Cushman), 1998
info Sing America, Various Artists (Cher), 1999
no info Yankee Transcendoodle, Joseph Byrd, 19??
no info Charlie Waddell, 19??
info Experience Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix, 2000
info Freedom: Songs From The Heart Of America, Various Artists (Duke Ellington), 2002
info Freedom: A History of Us, Various Artists (Duke Ellington), 2002
info Intersections, Bruce Hornsby, 2006


The words are the poem "Defense of Fort McHenry" by Francis Scott Key written after watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry in 1814. The words became attached to the tune of an existing song, "To Anacreon in Heaven," the music of which is attributed to an English composer, John Stafford Smith (born 1750). The first musical edition was published by Benjamin Carr of Baltimore as "The Star-Spangled Banner." It became the official United States national anthem in 1931.