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 1897, songwriter, singer and guitarist “Blind” Willie Johnson.

Born today in 1899 or 1900, singer, songwriter and guitarist “Sleepy” John Estes.

Born today in 1938, songwriter and singer Etta James (Jamesetta Hawkins).

Born today in 1945, Dave Walker songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and singer with several acts including Savoy Brown, Fleetwood Mac and Idle Race.

Born today in 1950, Michael Cotten synthesiser with The Tubes.

Born today in 1953, Malcolm Green drummer with Split Enz.

Today in 1964, The Beatles went to number 1 on the US Cash Box chart with “I Want To Hold Your Hand”.

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