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 1942, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leon Russell (Claude Russell Bridges).

Born today in 1946, Kurt Winter songwriter and guitarist with The Guess Who.

Born today in 1949, David Robinson drummer with The Cars.

Born today in 1952, Dave Bronze bassist with many acts including Procol Harum, Dr Feelgood and Eric Clapton.

Born today in 1952, Leon Wilkeson bassist with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Today in 1964, The Beatles went to number in the UK with “Can’t Buy Me Love”.

Today in 1977, “Rumors” by Fleetwood Mac went to number 1 on the US album chart.

Today in 1983, Pink Floyd went to number 1 in the UK album chart with “The Final Cut”.

Died today in 1996, singer, songwriter and guitarist “Guitar Gabriel” (Robert Lewis) (aka Nyle Jones) aged 70.

Died today in 1998, Cor van Beek drummer with Shocking Blue aged 49. 

Died today in 2003, songwriter and singer Edwin Starr aged 61.

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