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10/24/2007 2:27 PM ET
Taylor to perform at World Series
Boston favorite to sing National Anthem for Game 2
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James Taylor performs the National Anthem at Fenway Park before Game 2 of the World Series. (Brita Meng Outzen/MLB.com)
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The musical performers have been announced for the first two games of the 2007 World Series at Fenway Park, and it's clear that the Boston Red Sox are sticking with a plan that works.

Longtime Red Sox fan and Massachusetts resident James Taylor will sing the National Anthem prior to Game 2 of this year's Fall Classic against the Colorado Rockies, just like he did in 2004 when his favorite team rolled over the St. Louis Cardinals in a four-game sweep that delivered Boston its first world title in 86 years.

In addition to Taylor, who has sold over 40 million albums in a career spanning almost 40 years, the first two games will feature stars all over the musical register, including orchestral composer John Williams, Ashanti and Boyz II Men.

Williams, the 17-time Grammy award and five-time Academy Award winner known for scores of hit films such as "Jaws," "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial," the Indiana Jones series and the original "Star Wars" trilogy, is a fitting Fenway choice because he was the 19th director of the Boston Pops and has been the orchestra's Laureate Conductor after retiring in 1993.

Williams will lead the orchestra in the performance of the Star-Spangled Banner before Game 1 of the World Series, and Ashanti, who has hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and R&B album charts and won a Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album, will perform "God Bless America" in the seventh inning.

Meanwhile, Boyz II Men, another Grammy-winning R&B group, will sing "God Bless America" in the seventh inning of Game 2. They recorded five No. 1 R&B hits between 1992 and 1997, and their single "One Sweet Day" with Mariah Carey, set and broke records for the longest period of time a single remained at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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