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 1923, Ed Cassidy drummer with Spirit.

Born today in 1937, Dick Dale (Richard Mansour) pioneer “surf” guitarist.

Born today in 1940, Ronnie Bond drummer with The Troggs.

Born today in 1949, Alistair “Zal” Cleminson songwriter and guitarist with The Sensational Alex Harvey Band.

Born today 1951, Mick Mars (Robert Deal) songwriter and guitarist with Motley Crue.

Today in 1967, The Turtles’ “Happy Together” was certified gold.

Today in 1970, four students at Kent University were killed and eleven wounded by National Guard troops at a demonstration protesting the Vietnam War. The incident inspired Neil Young to compose “Ohio”.

Today in 1974, Grand Funk’s cover of “The Loco-Motion” went to number 1 in the US.

Today in 1978, the Jefferson Starship album “Earth” was certified Platinum.

Died today in 1987, Paul Butterfield singer and harmonica player with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band of a heroin overdose aged 44.

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