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1943 Country singer Duane Allen (of The Oak Ridge Boys) is born in Taylortown, Texas.

1942 Klaus Voorman (bassist for Manfred Mann), who designs The Beatles album cover for Revolver, is born in Hamburg, Germany.

1936 Pop singer April Stevens is born Carol LoTempio in Niagara Falls, New York. She and her brother, Nino Tempo, will perform as a duo and win a Grammy Award for the 1963 single "Deep Purple."

1934 Blues guitarist and singer Otis Rush is born in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

1931 Lonnie Donegan, known as the King of Skiffle, is born Anthony James Donegan in Glasgow, Scotland.

1929 Latin jazz musician Ray Barretto is born in New York City.

1928 Rock and roll singer Carl Gardner (of The Coasters) is born in Tyler, Texas.

1899 Duke Ellington is born in Washington, D.C.

1798 Joseph Haydn's oratorio The Creation is first performed in Vienna in a concert for the city's aristocrats. The oratorio depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis and Paradise Lost.

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"White Christmas" Signals American Evacuation From Vietnam

1975

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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