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 1927, songwriter, singer and rock pioneer Hank Ballard (John Kendricks).

Born today in 1946, Chris Rainbow (Christopher Harley) songwriter and singer with several acts including The Alan Parsons Project.

Born today in 1947, Ross Wilson singer, songwriter and guitarist with Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock.

Born today in 1949, Herman Rarebell drummer and songwriter with The Scorpions.

Born today in 1950, Graham Parker songwriter, singer and guitarist with Graham Parker and The Rumour.

Born today in 1950, Rudy Sarzo (Rodolfo Maximiliano Sarzo Lavieille Grande Ruiz Payret y Chaumont) songwriter and bassist with many acts including Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne and Dio.

Born today in 1962, Kirk Hammett songwriter and guitarist with Metallica.

Died today in 1972, Daniel “Danny” Whitten songwriter, singer and guitarist with Crazy Horse aged 29.

Today in 1978, Billy Joel went to number 1 on the US album charts with “52nd Street”.

Died today in 1994, songwriter and singer Cab Calloway aged 86.

Died today in 2017, Malcolm Young songwriter and guitarist with AC/DC aged 64.

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