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 1928, songwriter, singer and guitarist Texas Johnny Brown (John Riley Brown).

Born today in 1944, Mick Green songwriter and guitarist with Johnny Kidd and The Pirates and various other bands until he joined the reformed Pirates in 1976.

Born today in 1953, John B. Sparks bassist with Dr Feelgood.

Born today in 1958, Dave “The Beast” Spitz songwriter and bassist with several groups including Great White and Black Sabbath.

Today in 1963, The Beatles went to number 1 in the UK with “Please Please Me”.

Today in 1975, the Average White Band went to number 1 in the US with “Pick Up The Pieces”.

Today in 1975, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel had their only UK number 1 single with “Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)”.

Today in 1989, for the first time a category for Heavy Metal/Hard Rock was included at the Grammy Awards. The award went to Jethro Tull for their album “Crest of a Knave” beating albums by Metallica, AC/DC, Iggy Pop and Jane’s Addiction.

Died today in 1994, “Papa” John Creach songwriter, singer and violinist who played with many acts including Louis Armstrong, Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship and solo aged 76.

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