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:

Today in 1956, Elvis Presley released the double A single “Hound Dog” / “Don’t Be Cruel”

Born today in 1959, Robbin Crosby songwriter and guitarist with Ratt and Bon Jovi.

Today in 1960, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “Shakin’ All Over”.

Today in 1966, The Troggs went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “With A Girl Like You”.

Today in 1967, Pink Floyd released their debut album “The Piper At the Gates of Dawn”.

Today in 1984, Prince went to number 1 in the US album chart with “Purple Rain”.

Died today in 2005, singer and guitarist Little Milton (James Milton Campbell Jr) aged 70.

Died today in 2006, John Locke songwriter and keyboardist with Spirit and Nazareth aged 62.

Died today in 2012, singer, songwriter and guitarist Johnnie Bassett aged 76.

Died today in 2014, Jake Hooker (Jake Mamberg) songwriter and guitarist with The Arrows.

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