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 1896, songwriter, singer and guitarist Reverend Gary Davis (aka Blind Gary Davis).

Born today in 1941, Maxwell “Max” Merritt singer, songwriter and guitarist with Max Merritt and The Meteors.

Born today in 1948, Wayne Kramer songwriter, singer and guitarist with MC 5.

Today in 1976, Keith Moon paid nine taxi drivers to block off both ends of a New York street so he could throw the contents of his hotel room out of the window.

Today in 1977, Steve Miller released the single “Jet Airliner”.

Today in 1977, Led Zeppelin broke the then world attendance record for a single act indoor concert when they played to 76,229 people at the Pontiac Silverdome.

Died today in 1983, songwriter, singer and guitarist Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) aged 68.

Died today in 1999, Darrell Sweet drummer with Nazareth aged 51.

Died today in 2005, Norma-Jean Wofford aka “The Duchess” singer and guitarist with Bo Diddley’s band.

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