Today in rock history

Today in Rock History:

Born today in 1927, songwriter, singer and rock pioneer Hank Ballard (John Kendricks).


Born today in 1946, Chris Rainbow (Christopher Harley) songwriter and singer with several acts including The Alan Parsons Project.

Born today in 1947, Ross Wilson singer, songwriter and guitarist with Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock.

Born today in 1949, Herman Rarebell drummer, songwriter and backing vocals with The Scorpions.

Born today in 1950, Graham Parker songwriter, singer ad guitarist with Graham Parker and The Rumour.

Born today in 1950, Rudy Sarzo (Rodolfo Maximiliano Sarzo Lavieille Grande Ruiz Payret y Chaumont) songwriter and bassist with many acts including Quiet Riot, Whitesnake and Dio.

Born today in 1962, Kirk Hammett songwriter and guitarist with Metallica.

Died today in 1972, Daniel “Danny” Whitten songwriter, singer and guitarist with Crazy Horse, aged 29.

Today in 1978, Billy Joel went to number 1 on the US album charts with “52nd Street”.

Died today in 1994, songwriter and singer Cab Calloway, aged 86.

Died today in 2017, Malcolm Young songwriter and guitarist with AC/DC, aged 64.

Today in rock history is a daily post where you can come and listen to a compilation of rock songs as put together daily by our very own rock historian, Nechtan, while you catch up on the news of the day here.

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