Rocco Scotti My Wonderland b/w Strange 45 (Rendezvous, 195?)
While Rocco Scotti has performed with orchestras and symphonies the world over, what he is known for is singing the National Anthem. And he is known. Since 1974, Scotti has sung the National Anthem for Baseball's Cleveland Indians. By his reckoning, he has done the song more than 3000 times. Most descriptions of Scotti's performance contain the word "belted." As one fan notes, "He would literally shake the speakers with the strength of his voice, and by the time he hit his peak at the line 'and the home of the brave,' the crowd would be worked into a patriotic frenzy."
When I found this single, I knew nothing about Scotti. I picked up the record because the vocals were so over-the-top I couldn't pass it up. I enjoyed the absurdity of it. However, like a lot of records repeated listening pushed the absurdity to the margins and made me concentrate on the power of Scotti's voice. I can only imagine the thrill it was to hear him belt out that old whore, The Star Spangled Banner (music or poetry, you can't defend the Star Spangled Banner. It is gaudy, over-written, and undemocratic. Undemocratic? Yeah, what commoner can sing it? No one! Only a master like Rocco Scotti can do the thing justice. A much, much better national anthem for the United States would be America The Beautiful). Enjoy the majesty of Rocco Scotti.
I do remember going to catch the Tribe at Cleveland Municipal back in the 70s and 80s and catching Rocco Scotti's anthem was a critical part of the pomp and circumstance of that particular experience. That and lousy starting pitching, of course. This is my first trip to your site and wow! Thank you very much for doing this. (That Waikikis single is wicked!)
Roccos voice has a unique "air raid" quality that has to be heard to be appriciated...
thanks for sharing this!
its the best song I've ever heard and I love it!
Thanks for putting me onto Rocco!!!
Thanks for sharing this on your blog!