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 1898, singer, songwriter and guitarist Blind Willie McTell (William McTier).

Born today in 1948, Bill Ward drummer with Black Sabbath.

Today in 1956, Elvis Presley went to number 1 on the US singles chart with “Heartbreak Hotel” and to number 1 on the album chart with his debut album “Elvis Presley”.

Born today in 1959, Steve Stevens (Steven Schneider) songwriter and guitarist with many acts including Billy Idol.

Today in 1966, Manfred Mann went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “Pretty Flamingo”.

Today in 1967, The Kinks released the single “Waterloo Sunset”.

Died today in 1972, singer and guitarist Reverend Gary Davis aged 76.

Today in 1973, David Bowie went to number 1 on the UK album chart with “Aladdin Sane”.

Died today in 2015, Craig Gruber bassist with Rainbow and Elf aged 63.

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