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Joe Holleman is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Charles Glenn, Blues' king of the national anthem

Charles Glenn sings the national anthem for Game 4 of the St. Louis Blues-Minnesota Wild first round Stanley Cup series at Scottrade Center on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Photo by Robert Cohen,

Editor's note: This article was first published on April 3, 2019:

Charles Glenn, best known for his rousing performances of the National Anthem at St. Louis Blues games, will hang up his microphone at the end of this season.

The hockey team announced the news Wednesday on its website.

Glenn, 64, began singing the anthem for the Blues 19 years ago and has become locally famous for it.

"People come up to me at clothing stores or the grocery store and they say 'Hey, you're the guy that sings for the Blues!' or 'Can I get a selfie?'" Glenn told the Blues blog.

Glenn is cutting back on his singing in part because he developed multiple sclerosis about eight years ago. 

"It affects how you think, how your body moves, how your brain connects to your body and your memorization. It gets harder and harder," he said. 

On May 7, Glenn will will receive the "Man of Courage" award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton. The event honors local citizens with multiple sclerosis who have made contributions to their communities.