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, George Harrison songwriter, singer and guitarist with The Beatles, The Traveling Wilburys and solo.

Born today in 1947, Douglas “Doug” Yule songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist and bassist with The Velvet Underground.

Born today in 1948, Elkie Brooks (Elaine Bookbinder) songwriter and singer with Vinegar Joe and solo.

Today in 1972, Led Zeppelin played what would be their only show in New Zealand at Western Springs.

Today in 1984, Van Halen went to number 1 in the US with “Jump”.

Today in 1989, Simple Minds went to number 1 in the UK with “Belfast Child”.

Died today in 2012, songwriter, singer, guitarist and harmonica player Louisiana Red (Iverson Minter).

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