Today in rock history

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 discus 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 1912, songwriter, singer and guitarist Sam ‘Lightnin’ Hopkins, he was a major influence on the Blues and Rock.


Shot and killed today in 1929, songwriter, singer and pianist Pinetop Smith (Clarence Smith), aged 24.

Born today in 1940, Phil Lesh bassist with The Grateful Dead.

Born today in 1941, Mike Love songwriter and singer with The Beach Boys.

Born today in 1942, Hughie Flint drummer with John Mayall?s Bluesbreakers, McGuinness Flint and The Blues Band.

Born today in 1946, Howard E Scott?songwriter, singer and guitar with War.

Born today in 1947, singer, songwriter and guitarist Ry Cooder.

Born today in 1955, Daniel ?Dee? Snider?songwriter and singer with Twisted Sister.

Today in 1975, Led Zeppelin went to number 1 on the UK album chart with ?Physical Graffiti?.

Today in 1975, The Doobie Brothers went to number 1 in the US with “Black Water”

Died today in 2014, Scott Asheton drummer with The Stooges, aged 64.

Died today in 2015, Mike Porcaro bassist with?Toto, aged 59.

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