Stateside
3:42 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

University of Michigan professor uncovers surprising history of 'The Star-Spangled Banner'


 It’s one of the most stirring and glorious melodies ever sung — and it can be one of the easiest tunes to sing badly.

But did you know that our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” started out as an English club song? And it has officially been the national anthem for less than a century?

Mark Clague is a musicologist with the University of Michigan. He’s working on a new project, “Poets and Patriots: A Tuneful History of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’” 

Today, he shares some of that history with us.

Listen to the full interview above.