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 1932, songwriter, singer and saxophonist Robert Parker.

Born today in 1942, Billy Harrison guitarist with Them.

Born today in 1945, Colin Hodgkinson songwriter and bassist with several acts including Alexis Korner and Back Door.

Born today in 1946, Justin Hayward songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist with the Moody Blues.

Born today in 1946, William “Dan” McCafferty songwriter and singer with Nazareth.

Today in 1957, Elvis Presley released “Jailhouse Rock”.

Born today in 1959, Anthony “A.J” Pero drummer with Twisted Sister.

Today in 1967, The Who released “I Can See for Miles”.

Today in 1977, David Bowie released his twelfth studio album “Heroes”.

Today in 1977, KISS released “Alive II”.

Today in 1985, Rush released their eleventh album “Power Windows”.

Today in 1988, Def Leppard became first act in chart history to sell seven million copies of two consecutive albums, with Pyromania and Hysteria.

Died today in 2011, Chuck Ruff drummer with Edgar Winter and Sammy Hagar aged 60.

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