AN ANTHEM OF WAR AND PEACE Whitney Houston's singing of the national anthem will now be on CDs, tapes


Whitney Houston appears to have scored big at the Super Bowl -- her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" to kick off the game will be released as a single, an Arista spokesman said yesterday.

Although the CD and cassette singles won't be in stores for several days, followed a week later by a video of the performance, radio stations already are playing the stirring version of the national anthem.

"The audience seems to like it, and we've had some requests for it," said Roy Sampson, program director for V-103 FM, where the song can be heard several times a day. "We're playing it in support of the men and women in the Persian Gulf."

The station also plays a Marvin Gaye rendition of the anthem from the 1984 NBA All-Star game, and listeners like that version ++ slightly better than Ms. Houston's, according to a phone-in poll taken by the station yesterday, he said.

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