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 1940, singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist Dr. John (Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack).

Born today in 1948, Leroy “Lonnie” Jordan songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist with War.

Born today in 1948, John “Rabbit” Bundrick songwriter and keyboardist with Kossoff Kirke Tetsu and Rabbit, Free and Pete Townsend/The Who.

Born today in 1949, Randy Z (Randy Zehringer) drummer with The McCoys.

Born today in 1950, Gary Pihl guitarist with Sammy Hagar and Boston.

Born today in 1955, Peter Koppes guitarist with The Church.

Born today in 1960, Brian Ritchie singer and bassist with Violent Femmes.

Today in 1970, two months after his death Jimi Hendrixwent to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”.

Today in 1975, Queen released “A Night At The Opera”.

Today in 1979, Dr Hook went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman”.

Today in 1981, Queen (with David Bowie) went to number 1 in the UK with “Under Pressure”. 

Today in 1987 Billy Idol went to number1 in the US with his version of “Mony Mony”

Died today in 1995, Peter Grant manager of Led Zeppelin aged 60. Acknowledged as having changed the way record companies and concert promoters dealt with musicians.

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