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 1943, Michael “Mike” Smith songwriter, keyboardist and singer with The Dave Clark Five.

Died today in 1949, Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, singer, songwriter and guitarist aged 61.

Born today in 1955, Rick Buckler (Paul Richard Buckler) drummer with The Jam.

Born today in 1956, Randall “Randy” Rhoads songwriter and guitarist with Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne.

Today in 1968, The Rolling Stones released their album “Beggars Banquet”.

Today in 1975, Paul Simon went to number 1 on the US album chart with “Still Crazy After All These Years”.

Today in 1982, a compilation album of John Lennon’s solo work called “The John Lennon Collection” went to number1 on the UK album chart.

Today in 1986, Europe went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “The Final Countdown”.

Died today in 1988, songwriter, singer and guitarist Roy Orbison aged 52.

Died today in 2012, Richard Hugh “Huw” Lloyd-Langton songwriter and guitarist with Hawkwind.

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