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 discuss 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 1935, singer and songwriter John “Johnny” O’Keefe.

Born today in 1936, songwriter, singer, harmonic player and drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith.

Born today in 1943, singer and songwriter Janis Joplin.

Born today in 1947, Rod Evans songwriter and singer with Deep Purple and Captain Beyond.

Born today in 1949, singer and songwriter Robert Palmer.

Born today in 1954, Francis Buchholz bassist with The Scorpions.

Born today in 1951, Martha Davis songwriter and singer with The Motels.

Born today in 1952, Lee “Dewey” Bunnell songwriter, singer and guitarist with America.

Born today in 1957, Mickey Virtue keyboardist with UB40.

Born today in 1959, Jeffrey Pilson songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with several acts including Foreigner, Dokken and Dio.

Today in 1967, The Monkees went to number 1 in the UK with “I’m A Believer”.

Today in 1980, The Pretenders went to number 1 in the UK with “Brass In Pocket”.

Today in 1980, Pink Floyd went to number 1 on the US album chart with “The Wall”.

Died today in 2013, Steve Knight original keyboardist with Mountain aged 77.

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