Today in Rock History is a music orientated segment where we would like to encourage readers to share their thoughts and tastes in music and discus the various aspects of any music topic. This post is not limited to rock music. You are encouraged to bring anything music related along that you would like to share, either by typing the name of a song and artist into the comments section or by sharing a youtube, vimeo, spotify or soundcloud link. If you are unsure how to add a link, simply write the name of the song and the composer and someone may very well do it for you.

Music is a huge part of peoples lives even if we aren’t all music enthusiasts. Music is all around us in advertising, background noise in shops and on the streets. It’s inescapable when you have teenagers but for most of us it is a huge part (if not a ritual) of our lives that we feel close to.

So kick back and enjoy Nechtan’s Today in Rock History playlist and see what new gems you discover.

Today in Rock History:

Born today in 1948, Rick Parfitt guitarist, songwriter and singer with Status Quo.

Born today in 1956, Dave Vanian (David Lett) songwriter and singer with The Damned.

Today in 1963, Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs went to number 1 in the US with “Sugar Shack”

Today in 1968, “Cheap Thrills” by Big Brother And The Holding Company went to number 1 on the US album chart.

Died today in 1971, songwriter, singer, guitarist and rock pioneer Gene Vincent (Vincent Craddock) aged 36.

Today in 1973, Elton John was awarded a Gold record for his double album, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”.

Today in 1975, Rod Stewart performed for the last time with Faces.

Died today in 1985, Ricky Wilson, songwriter and guitarist with the B-52s aged 32.

Released today in 1996, some 28 years after it was recorded “The Rolling Stones’ Rock And Roll Circus”.

Died today in 1999, singer, songwriter and harmonica player Frank Frost aged 63.

Died today in 2009, Dickie Peterson singer, songwriter and bassist with Blue Cheer aged 63.

Died today in 2011, Joel “Taz” DiGregorio, keyboard player and songwriter with the Charlie Daniels Band. He co-wrote “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”

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