The Star-Spangled Banner

Song composer(s)

Key, Francis Scott

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

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The words are the poem "Defense of Fort McHenry" by Francis Scott Key written after watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry in 1814. The words became attached to the tune of an existing song, "To Anacreon in Heaven," the music of which is attributed to an English composer, John Stafford Smith (born 1750).

The first musical edition was published by Benjamin Carr of Baltimore as "The Star-Spangled Banner."

It became the official United States national anthem in 1931.