Musicians who changed the world

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David Hasselhoff

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, Germans in both the East and West wanted to celebrate.Their choice of star was David Hasselhoff - already a soft rock sensation in Germany.The star of Baywatch and Knight Rider was already big in Austria and Switzerland when he decided to cover a German song in English, called Looking For Freedom.The song resonated with the mood of the nation and was a number one for several weeks.When the Berlin Wall fell shortly after, the authorities organised a New Year's Eve party to celebrate.Hasselhoff was picked to headline the gig in a move reportedly rubber-stamped by Chancellor Helmut Kohl.He said he would never forget the sight of almost a million fans watching him perform at midnight, a moment which led to him being overcome with emotion.