16 April

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1962 Punk rocker Ian MacKaye (of Minor Threat, Fugazi) is born in Washington, DC.

1953 Peter Garrett, frontman of the Aussie rock band Midnight Oil, is born in Wahroonga, Sydney. He pursues a law career before joining the band.

1947 Rock singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty (of Stealers Wheel) is born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

1947 Rock drummer Lee Kerslake (of Uriah Heep, Blizzard of Ozz) is born in Winton, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

1943 Blues rocker Dave Peverett (of Foghat, Savoy Brown) is born in Dulwich, London, England.

1939 Pop singer Dusty Springfield is born Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien in West Hampstead, North London, England.

1936 Country entertainer Judy Lynn is born Judy Lynn Voiten in Boise, Idaho.

1935 Bobby Vinton is born Stanley Robert Vintula in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

1930 Jazz flautist Herbie Mann is born Herbert Jay Solomon in Brooklyn, New York.

1929 R&B singer Roy Hamilton ("Unchained Melody," "You'll Never Walk Alone") is born in Leesburg, Georgia.

1929 Singer-songwriter Ed Townsend, who co-wrote Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On," is born in Fayetteville, Tennessee.

1924 Film composer Henry Mancini ("Moon River") is born Enrico Nicola Mancini in Cleveland, Ohio.

1924 Rudy Pompilli (tenor saxophonist for Bill Haley & His Comets) is born in Chester, Pennsylvania.

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Tribute Concert Celebrates Nelson Mandela's Release


The Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa concert is held in Wembley Stadium, London, to celebrate the release of Mandela, who had been imprisoned since 1962. Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Tracy Chapman, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt all perform.

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