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This Week in Music Apr 28 - May 4

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APR 28: On this day in 1979, Blondie was at #1 with “Heart Of Glass”. Written by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, the disco rock song would become one of their biggest hits. They wrote the song in 1975 and sat on it until their third album.
APR 29: Happy 86th birthday to Willie Nelson, born today in 1933!🎂🎸 This iconic country outlaw has done it all - acting,singer, songwriter, producer, author, poet, and activist. Nelson’s career began in the late 1950s at KVAN in Washington state. In 1973, Nelson signed with Atlantic Records where he turned to outlaw country. He would join the country supergroup The Highway Men in the 1980s. He has continuously toured and recorded his entire career bringing joy to his many fans. Willie has so many accomplishments it would be impossible to do him justice in this small space!
APR 30: Today in 1971, Three Dog Night was at #1 with “Joy To The World”. 🐸📀The song was written by Hoyt Axton. When the song hit #1, it made Axton and his mother, Mae Axton, the first mother and son songwriters to hit #1. Mae Axton co-wrote “Heartbreak Hotel”, which hit the top spot with Elvis.

MAY 1: Happy birthday to Rita Coolidge, born today in 1945!🎂🎤 She started her career by singing around Memphis where she was discovered by Delaney & Bonnie. Coolidge soon became a background singer on many albums. In 1970, she met Kris Kristofferson and the two were married in 1973. They recorded several duet albums together and won two Grammys as a duo. In 1997, Coolidge, her sister, and her niece formed Walela, a Native American trio.

MAY 2: Happy birthday to Lou Gramm, born today in 1950!🎂🎤 The original lead singer of Foreigner has been rocking solo since the late 1980s. He and Foreigner’s Mick Jones often had a difficult and volatile relationship that led to Gramm to depart and rejoin the band multiple times. In 1997, Gramm was diagnosed with a brain tumor that was found benign, but surgery damaged his pituitary gland. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013. Currently, Gramm is out with Asia featuring John Payne on tour.

MAY 3: Today in 1973 Tony Orlando and Dawn were at #1 in with “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree”. It went to #1 in eight countries.

MAY 4: Happy 60th birthday to Randy Travis, born today in 1959!🎂🎤 The country and Christian music stars has sold over 25 million records worldwide and has won seven Grammy Awards. In 2016, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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