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 1909, Charles “Papa Charlie” McCoy singer, songwriter and guitarist with McCoy Brothers, Mississippi Mud Steppers and solo.

Born today in 1940, Levon Helm drummer and co-vocalist with The Band.

Born today in 1940, Ray Ennis guitarist with The Swinging Blue Jeans.

Born today in 1944, Terence “Verden” Allen songwriter and keyboardist with Mott the Hoople.

Born today in 1945, Gary Peterson drummer with The Guess Who. 

Born today in 1946, Mick Ronson songwriter and guitarist with Spiders From Mars, session and touring work with many other acts and solo.

Born today in 1948, Stephanie “Stevie” Nicks songwriter and vocalist with Fleetwood Mac and solo.

Born today in 1964, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lenny Kravitz.

Today in 1966, The Rolling Stones went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “Paint It, Black”.

Today in 1967, The Beatles released the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.

Today in 1973, Deep Purple released “Smoke On The Water”.

Today in 1973, The Edgar Winter Group went to number 1 in the US with “Frankenstein”.

Today in 1979, Blondie went to number 1 in the UK with “Sunday Girl”.

Died today in 2022, Alan White songwriter and drummer with Yes, aged 72.

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