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Oh Say Could You Tell? If you wanted to hear Whitney Houston sing live at the Super Bowl, you had to watch it on TV. Houston’s much-acclaimed version of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” performed before the big game, was actually recorded several days earlier. Those at the football game in Tampa heard that taped version of the anthem, while the people at home heard the tape combined with Whitney’s live vocals, said a Super Bowl sound engineer. A spokesman for Houston explained: “This is not a Milli Vanilli thing. She sang live, but the microphone was turned off.”


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