Hans Remembers- Friday April 17, 1970- 50 Years Ago.
- They made it back- Apollo 13 splashed down in the South Pacific Ocean near American Samoa and was recovered by the USS Iwo Jima. The trip to the Moon had to be aborted a few days earlier due to an explosion and it was in question if the three astronauts- Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise would make it back safely to Earth. There would down the road be a movie which a lot of you have probably seen starring Tom Hanks. Good movie.
- Johnny Cash was invited to perform at The White House by President Richard Milhous Nixon and he did this evening. The ever out of touch Nixon requested that Cash play a song about welfare frauds called “Welfare Cadillac”- it wasn’t a Cash song- and he refused to play it- Cash was a man of the the downtrodden- instead he played “What Is Truth.”
- Paul McCartney who a week earlier announced his decision to quit the greatest show on Earth- released his first solo album- McCartney- in which he played every instrument. Very low fi. The album at the time was criticized as being under produced has seen its status grow over the past 50 years. The album went to #1 on the US Top 200 album chart and #2 in the UK’s album chart. The most famous song on the album- “Maybe I’m Amazed.” Paul releasing this album so close to the release of The Beatles Let It Be– did not go over well with the other Beatles.
- American rap artist Redman born Reginald Noble was born on this day in Newark, New Jersey.