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 1933, Mel Taylor drummer for The Ventures.

Born today in 1942, Gerry Marsden guitarist and lead singer with Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Today in 1968, The Beatles went to number 1 in the US with “Hey Jude”.

Today in 1975, Rush released their third album “Caress of Steel”.

Today in 1983, “Eliminator” by ZZ Top was certified Platinum. 

Today in 1983, Billy Joel went to number 1 on the US singles charts with “Tell Her About It”.

Today in 1988, The Hollies went to number 1 in the UK with “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother” almost twenty years after the song was first released.

Today in 1979, The Eagles released their album  “The Long Run”.

Today in 1988, Bobby McFerrin went to number 1 on the US singles chart with “Don’t Worry Be Happy”.

Today in 1990, AC/DC released their album “The Razors Edge”.

Died today in 2002, singer, songwriter and guitarist Tim Rose, the day after his 62nd birthday.

Today in 2004, a concert was held at Wembley Arena in London to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster guitar. Acts included Hank Marvin, Gary Moore, David Glimour, Joe Walsh and Brian May.

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