29 April

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1986 Amy Heidemann of Karmin is born in Seward, Nebraska. She becomes Amy Noonan when she marries her Karmin partner, Nick. When Karmin is retired in 2017, she becomes the rapper Qveen Herby.

1985 Freddie Mercury releases his solo album Mr. Bad Guy. Although it sells okay in the UK, in the US it doesn't make even the top 150.

1982 Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni are named Songwriters of the Year at the Ivor Novello Awards, while their "Stand And Deliver" is named the best selling single.

1979 Matt Tong (drummer for Bloc Party) is born in Bournemouth, England.

1979 Pop singer-songwriter Jo O'Meara (of S Club 7) is born in Romford, Greater London, England.

1975 Hawkwind begin their North American Warrior On The Edge Of Time tour at the Ambassador Theatre, St. Louis.

1973 Mike Hogan (bassist for The Cranberries) is born in Limerick, Ireland, to a family that already includes brother and future bandmate, Noel.

1970 Rapper Master P is born Percy Robert Miller in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1968 Carnie Wilson (of Wilson Phillips) is born in Bel Air, California, to The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and his first wife, Marilyn Rovell.

1968 Featuring the hippie anthem "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In," the musical Hair opens on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre. The show is made into a movie in 1979.

1961 The renown tenor Luciano Pavarotti makes his opera début in the role of Rodolfo in La Bohème by Puccini in the Italian town of Reggio Emilia.

1961 Folk singer-songwriter Cisco Houston, frequent collaborator of Woody Guthrie, dies of terminal stomach cancer two months after recording his final album, Ain't Got No Home.

1959 Ronnie Hawkins records "Mary Lou."

1947 Rock and roll singer Tommy James is born Thomas Gregory Jackson in Dayton, Ohio.

1947 Rock drummer Joel Larson (of The Grass Roots) is born in San Francisco, California.

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"White Christmas" Signals American Evacuation From Vietnam


Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" marks the end of the Vietnam War as the American Radio Service plays the tune during the Fall of Saigon - a signal for American personnel to evacuate. Many songs were written in reaction to the war, which ramped up in the late '60s. A few songs, notably "Still in Saigon" by The Charlie Daniels Band and "Born In The U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen, explore the plight of veterans on their return home.

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