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April 18, 2013

Yesterday In Boston

The Bruins had a match.

Rene Rancourt has been singing the National Anthem for the Bruins for 35 years.

Rancourt was born in 1939 in Lewiston, Maine. He first began singing the anthem in Boston at Fenway Park. He took part in an opera singing audition on the radio and was heard by John Kiley, long-time organist at both Fenway and the Boston Garden. Rancourt sang before Game Six of the World Series in 1975 when singer Kate Smith cancelled her appearance. Rancourt's ambition was to become an opera singer. The strength of his trained voice overcame the acoustic shortcomings of the old Boston Garden. In 1976, he began singing regularly for Bruins games.

Here you can see the warm up the crowd got before the Anthem with better photography of the audience singing than in the above video.

Filed under Music,Sports | permalink | April 18, 2013 at 03:10 PM

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