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.

Born today in 1943, singer, songwriter and guitarist Jimmy Burns.

Born today in 1948, Eddie Gray guitarist with Tommy James and the Shondells.

Born today in 1951, Steve Harley (Stephen Nice) songwriter and singer with Cockney Rebel and solo.

Born today in 1954, Neal Schon songwriter and guitarist with Journey.

Born today in 1957, Adrian “H” Smith songwriter and guitarist with Iron Maiden.

Born today in 1959, John “Johnny” Van Zant songwriter and singer with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Today in 1971, five months after her death, Janis Joplin went to number 1 on the US album chart with “Pearl”

Died today in 2011, songwriter, harmonica player, singer and guitarist Eddie Kirkland.

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