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Rocco Scotti & The Capitol Steps

Posted Friday, July 2, 2010

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Rocco Scotti & The Capitol Steps The National Anthem is a song we're all supposed to know and be able to sing, but as it happens most Americans struggle earnestly to hit the right notes and many can't remember the words. One master of the Star Spangled Banner though is Northeast Ohio's own - Rocco Scotti. For some 20 years he sang it before nearly every Indian's game and performed it on many other stages. In celebration of Independence Day, we reprise a conversation with Rocco about the joys and challenges of singing the National Anthem. How does he hit his trademark high G? What does he think of some of the more non-traditional renditions? Join us for Rocco Scotti followed by a July 4th special from The Capitol Steps.


Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Miscellaneous, Holiday


Rocco Scotti, former vocalist for The Cleveland Indians

Additional Information

High Notes & Low Notes of One That Got Away by John Hagan, The Plain Dealer
Oh Say, Can You Sing It? by Michael Kinsley, The Washington Post
The Star Spangled Banner
The National Anthem Project
The Capitol Steps

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Suzie Coker 9:06 AM 7/2/10

Re:  Capitol Steps program 7/2/10

I found the Capitol Steps program to be shockingly crass and offensive and had to turn it off.  The opening skit in which derogatory sexual comments were made about Hillary Clinton (or any female, regardless of political party) was not the least bit funny and fell far, far short of the intelligent humor one expects from NPR.  How insulting to Secretary Clinton as well as your listeners.  If that is their idea of humor, I will think twice about tuning in to any Capitol Steps performance in the future.


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