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 1934, singer, songwriter and pianist Huey “Piano” Smith.

Born today in 1948, Laurence “Corky” Laing songwriter and drummer with Mountain and West, Bruce and Laing.

Born today in 1949, Derek Holt bassist, guitarist and keyboardist with the Climax Blues Band.

Born today in 1955, Edward “Eddie” Van Halen songwriter and guitarist with Van Halen.

Born today in 1957, Norman Hassan percussionist and trombonist with UB40.

Today in 1973, Sweet went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “Blockbuster”.

Today in 1974, Ringo Starr went to number 1 on the US Billboard singles chart with “Your Sixteen”.

Today in 1991, Queen went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “Innuendo”.

Today in 2002, George Harrison posthumously went to number 1 in the UK with the re-release of “My Sweet Lord”.

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