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US national anthem crooners at Super Bowl!

Grammy awardees Aretha Franklin, Aaron Neville will join New Orleans singer Aaron Neville in performing the anthem at the Super Bowl in February.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 20:53 IST

Aretha Franklin will join New Orleans singer Aaron Neville in performing the US national anthem at next month's Super Bowl.

The Grammy Award-winning singers will be accompanied at the national football championship by another veteran New Orleans musician, pianist Dr. John.

"The combination of all three should present a very memorable performance," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Detroit Free Press.

Franklin, Neville and a 150-person backing choir will sing to a taped vocal track to be recorded in Detroit several days before the February 5 game at Detroit's Ford Field, the Free Press reported on its website.

In addition, singers John Legend and Joss Stone will join Motown legend Stevie Wonder in performing Wonder's hits as part of the Super Bowl pre-game show, which will be broadcast live on ABC. The NFL's selection of the Rolling Stones to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show prompted demands that the Detroit area's musical legacy be recognized.

That led to the booking of Wonder and then Franklin, who was 2 when her family moved from Memphis to Detroit in 1944. Her singing career started at Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church where her father, the Reverend CL Franklin, preached. The NFL selected Neville, whose home was damaged by Hurricane Katrina, in part to honour the singer's hometown of New Orleans. Neville also performed the national anthem at the 1990 Super Bowl in New Orleans.

Past Super Bowl anthem singers include Diana Ross, Barry Manilow, Whitney Houston, Garth Brooks, Jewel and Beyonce Knowles.

First Published: Jan 18, 2006 16:48 IST