|Born||1934/1935 (age 82–83)
The Bronx, New York City, New York
|Died||April 17, 2018|
|Known for||Anthem singer for the New York Rangers|
John Amirante (born 1934 or 1935 – April 17, 2018) was an American singer who was the anthem singer of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden from around 1980 until his retirement in 2015. He has also sung the anthem for the New York Yankees and New York Mets. He was born in The Bronx, New York.
Even after 20 years, even via a not-exactly-hi-def YouTube video, it remains a reliable chills-inducer. So imagine what it was like to be the guy in the middle of it.
“I was on cloud nine, excited and thrilled to be there,” John Amirante said, recalling his rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on June 14, 1994, the night the Rangers hosted the Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals