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 1902, singer and guitarist Son House (Eddie James House Jr) an influence on many blues acts including Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.


Born today in 1924, songwriter, singer and pianist Otis Spann who recorded with many blues artists including Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker along as solo.

Born toady in 1946, Ray Dorset?songwriter, singer and guitarist with Mungo Jerry.

Born today in 1950, Roger Hodgson?songwriter, singer and guitarist with Supertramp.

Born today in 1951, Conrad Lozano?bassist with Los Lobos.

Born today in 1961, Slim Jim Phantom?(James McDonnell) drummer with Stray Cats.

Today in 1964 The Beatles went to number 1 in the US with “She Loves You”.

Today in 1970, Faces, released their debut album, “First Step”.

Today in 1981, REO Speedwagon went to number 1 in the US with “Keep On Loving You”.

Died today in 1991, guitar manufacturer Leo Fender, aged 81. He was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite never having learnt to play the guitar. Many notable guitarists have used a Fender including Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour and Rory Gallagher.

Died today in 2002, John “Speedy” Keene, songwriter, singer and drummer with Thunderclap Newman.

Died today in 2011, singer and pianist Joe “Pinetop” Perkins aged 97.

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