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 1944, Peter Tosh songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist with The Wailers and solo.

Born today in 1946, Keith Reid principal songwriter for Procol Harum.

Born today in 1948, Patrick Simmons singer, songwriter and guitarist with the Doobie Brothers.

Born today in 1960, Daniel “Woody” Woodgate drummer with Madness.

Today in 1973, David Bowie released his seventh album “Pin Ups”.

Today in 1974, Billy Preston went to number 1 in the US with  “Nothing From Nothing”.

Today in 1974, Bachman-Turner Overdrive went to number 1 on the US album chart with “Not Fragile”.

Died today in 1988, songwriter, singer and guitarist Edward “Son” House aged 86.

Died today in 1997, Glen Buxton songwriter and guitarist with Alice Cooper aged 49. 

Died today in 2011, songwriter, singer and pianist Earl Gilliam aged 81

Died today in 2014, Raphael Ravenscroft the session saxophonist on Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street” aged 60. 

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