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 1930, songwriter and guitarist Earl Hooker.

Born today in 1941, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet).

Born today in 1948, Ronnie Van Zant songwriter and singer with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Born today in 1951, Peter “Biff” Byford songwriter and singer with Saxon.

Born today in 1952, Melvyn Gale cellist with Electric Light Orchestra.

Today in 1965, The Who released the single “I Can’t Explain”.

Today in 1966, The Rolling Stones received a Gold record for their album “December’s Children (and Everybody’s)”.

Today in 1972, “American Pie” by Don McLean went to number 1 on the US Billboard’s Hot 100.

Today in 1977, the Eagles went to number 1 on the US album chart with “Hotel California”.

Today 1983, Men At Work went to number 1 on the US singles chart with “Down Under” and number 1 on the album chart with “Business As Usual”.

Died today in 1994, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Harry Nilsson aged 54.

Died today in 1998, singer, songwriter and harmonica player Junior Wells (Amos Blakemore Jr) aged 63.

Died today in 2018, Dolores O’Riordan singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with the Cranberries and solo.

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