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.

Today in Rock History:

Born today in 1915, William “ Willie” Dixon, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and double bass player.


Born today in 1935, James Cotton songwriter, singer and harmonica player.

Born today in 1939, Delaine “Delaney” Bramlett songwriter, singer and guitarist with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.

Born today in 1945, Deborah “Debbie” Harry singer and songwriter with Blondie and solo.

Born today in 1951, Fred Schneider songwriter and singer with The B-52’s.

Born today in 1952, Dan Aykroyd singer and harmonica with The Blues Brothers.

Today in 1967, The Beatles went to number 1 on the US album chart with “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.

Today in 1971, Jethro Tull were awarded a gold record for their album “Aqualung”.

Today in 1972, Slade went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with ”Take Me Bak ‘Ome”

Today in 1975, 10cc went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “I’m Not In Love”. 

Died today in 1981, Rushton Moreve, songwriter and bassist with Steppenwolf  in a motorcycle accident aged 32.

Died today in 1995, “Wolfman Jack” (Robert Smith) of a heart attack aged 57. He was the subject of The Guess Who’s “Clap For The Wolfman”.

Died today in 2001, Michael “Cub” Koda songwriter, singer and guitarist with Brownsville Station aged 51. 

Died today in 2008, Mel Galley songwriter and guitarist with Whitesnake, Trapeze and Finder Keepers, from cancer aged 60.

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