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 1939 Ray Manzarek songwriter and keyboardist with The Doors.

Born today in 1946 Joe Schermie bassist with Three Dog Night.

Born today in 1950 Steve Hackett singer, songwriter and guitarist with Genesis and solo.

Born today in 1951 Gil Moore songwriter, drummer and singer with Triumph.

Born today in 1952 Michael McDonald songwriter, singer and keyboardist with The Doobie Brothers.

Born today in 1956 Brian Robertson songwriter and guitarist with Thin Lizzy and Motorhead.

Today in 1969 “(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice” by Amen Corner went to number 1 on the UK singles chart.

Today in 1981 Rush released the album “Moving Pictures”.

Died today in 1995 Philip Kramer singer, songwriter, bassist and keyboardist with Iron Butterfly aged 42.

Died today in 200, singer, pianist and songwriter “Screamin” Jay Hawkins aged 70.

Died today in 2015 Sam Andrew songwriter and guitarist with Big Brother And The Holding Company aged 73.

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