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 1918, songwriter, singer and guitarist Elmore James.

Born today in 1930, songwriter and singer Bobby “Blue” Bland (Robert Brooks).

Born today in 1944, Nick Mason songwriter and drummer with Pink Floyd.

Born today in 1951, Brian Downey songwriter and drummer with Thin Lizzy.

Born today in 1951, Seth Justman songwriter and keyboardist with The J. Geils Band.

Born today in 1957, Janick Gers songwriter and guitarist with several acts including White Spirit, Gillan and Iron Maiden.

Today in 1970 John Lennon wrote, recorded and mixed “Instant Karma”.

Today in 1979, Ian Dury And The Blockheads went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick”.

Today in 1980, AC/DC played their last show with Bon Scott prior to his death.

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