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 1926, singer and songwriter Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton. She was the first to record “Hound Dog” later made famous by Elvis Presley. She also wrote “Ball and Chain” which Janis Joplin would cover.

Born today in 1948, Chester Thompson drummer and session/touring musician with many acts including The Mothers Of Invention and Genesis.

Born today in 1951, Philip “Spike” Edney keyboard player and guitarist, touring member with several acts including Queen.

Born today in 1958, Nikki Sixx (Frank Feranna Jr) songwriter and bassist with Motley Crue.

Today in 1961, Elvis Presley went to number 1 on the US album chart with “Blue Hawaii”.

Born today in 1961, Dave King songwriter, singer and guitarist with Fastway.

Today in 1971, Benny Hill went to number1 on the UK singles chart with “Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)”.

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