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 1942, Jerry Garcia songwriter, singer and guitarist with The Grateful Dead.

Born today in 1946, Raymond “Boz” Burrell bassist with King Crimson and Bad Company.

Born today in 1947, Rick Anderson bassist with The Tubes.

Born today in 1951, Tim Bachman guitarist and singer with Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

Born today in 1951, Tommy Bolin songwriter, singer and guitarist with Zephyr, The James Gang, Deep Purple and solo.

Born today in 1953, songwriter, singer and guitarist Robert Cray.

Born today in 1959, Joe Elliott songwriter and singer with Def Leppard.

Held today in 1971 the concerts for Bangladesh. Organised by George Harrison and featuring many acts, including Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton

Today in 1981, Rick Springfield went to number 1 on the US singles chart with “Jessie’s Girl”.

Today in 1987, Bob Seger went to number 1 in the US with “Shakedown”.

Today in 1987, Los Lobos went to number 1 in the UK with “La Bamba”.

Died today in 2017, Goldy McJohn (John Goadsby) original keyboardist with Steppenwolf aged 72.

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