Before Friday night’s World Series opening between Houston and Philadelphia, Grammy-nominated vocalist Eric Burton lost sight of the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The Black Pumas band leader veered off course on the second line as players and staff were lined up on the field for the customary pre-game ceremonial and a huge American flag was spread across the outfield. Instead of “gleaming,” he sang: “What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last streaming”

“Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight.” he accurately continued. However, instead of singing “O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?” he reverted to “What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last” before again singing “streaming” instead of “gleaming.”

Burton performed at President Joe Biden’s inauguration event last year.

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Who is Eric Burton?

Eric Burton is an Austin, Texas-based soul singer and composer. He was born in the San Fernando Valley on October 7, 1989 and grew up singing in church before becoming extensively interested in musical theatre. He is 33 years old.

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He began busking along the Santa Monica Pier, where he earned a few hundred dollars per day while honing his performance talents. Burton moved across the West, studying music at New Mexico State University before settling down and busking in Austin, Texas.

He is best known as the frontman of the psychedelic soul band Black Pumas. On June 21, 2019, the group released its self-titled debut album.

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In 2020, the ensemble received its first Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist.

He and his siblings were raised by a single mother. His two uncles aided in his upbringing, as per famous birthdays.

His band appeared on various television shows in 2020, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

President-elect Joe Biden requested the Black Pumas to perform virtually during his inauguration ceremonies in January 2021.