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James Taylor flubs national anthem, recovers smoothly

By Breeanna Hare, CNN
October 25, 2013 -- Updated 1614 GMT (0014 HKT)
Chris Botti's November 3 performance of the national anthem during a "Monday Night Football" game left one Indianapolis Colts player in tears, with viewers at home calling it one of the best they've ever heard. Performing "The Star-Spangled Banner" can be risky business, though; here's what happened during some memorable past renditions. Chris Botti's November 3 performance of the national anthem during a "Monday Night Football" game left one Indianapolis Colts player in tears, with viewers at home calling it one of the best they've ever heard. Performing "The Star-Spangled Banner" can be risky business, though; here's what happened during some memorable past renditions.
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Highs and lows of the national anthem
Highs and lows of the national anthem
Highs and lows of the national anthem
Highs and lows of the national anthem
Highs and lows of the national anthem
Highs and lows of the national anthem
Highs and lows of the national anthem
Highs and lows of the national anthem
Highs and lows of the national anthem
Highs and lows of the national anthem
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • James Taylor messed up his national anthem performance
  • He began singing "America the Beautiful" instead of "The Star-Spangled Banner"
  • The singer quickly and smoothly recovered

(CNN) -- All future singers of the national anthem should pay close attention to James Taylor's performance at Game 2 of the World Series on October 24.

If you're going to make a mistake, this is the way to make it.

On Thursday, the musician was at Fenway Park in Boston to lead the stadium in a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." But when he opened his mouth to sing, the words of "America the Beautiful" started pouring out.

James Taylor talks World Series

Rather than "Oh, say can you see," Taylor kicked off the song with, "Oh, beautiful ..."

But the singer quickly -- and rather smoothly -- recovered, going straight into the correct lyrics without missing a beat.

While other singers have caught major flak for messing up the words to the national anthem at such events, Taylor did have an excuse: he was also performing "America the Beautiful" that same night during the seventh inning stretch.

He was joined by several survivos of April's Boston Marathon attack.

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