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.

Born today in 1941, Alex St. Clair (Alexis Clair Snouffer) guitarist with Captain Beefheart.

Born today in 1946, Pete Agnew bassist with Nazareth.

Born today in 1949, Steve Gaines guitarist and songwriter with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Born today in 1948, Fred “Sonic” Smith singer, songwriter and guitarist with MC5.

Born today in1948, Edward “Ed” King songwriter and guitarist/bassist with Strawberry Alarm Clock and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Born today in 1950, Paul Kossoff songwriter and guitarist with Black Cat Bones, Free, Back Street Crawler and solo.

Born today in 1955, Steve Berlin keyboardist and saxophonist with Los Lobos and considerable session work.

Today in 1974, Eric Clapton went to number 1 in the US with “I Shot The Sheriff”.

Died today in 1981, songwriter, singer and guitarist Walter “Furry” Lewis.

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