This week in rock history brings a plethora of significant events, from the birth of the one and only Paul McCartney to the release of Nirvana's debut Bleach album. Read on for some major events, historic record releases and births and deaths happening June 12 through 18.  

Events

1965 – Sonny and Cher appear on U.S. television for the first time singing "Just You" on ABC-TV's American Bandstand. 

1965 – Paul McCartney records “Yesterday,” and a string quartet is added later. The Beatles tune would become the most covered song in music history. 

1965 – Bob Dylan records the legendary track “Like a Rolling Stone” in New York City at Columbia Recording Studios. 

1967 – The first Monterey International Pop Festival kicks off in Monterey, California, featuring the Who, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin and more. 

1969 – The Rolling Stones introduce their new guitarist, Mick Taylor, to the world at a press conference in London’s Hyde Park. 

1972 – The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street reaches No. 1 on the charts. 

1973 – Grand Funk records "We're An American Band." 

1980 – Led Zeppelin start what will mark heir final tour with a gig in Dortmund, Germany. 

1996 – Producer George Martin is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. 

2002 – Mick Jagger is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. 

2009 – At the Bonnaroo festival, Beastie Boys perform together for the final time. Adam Yauch (MCA) is soon diagnosed with cancer. 


Releases

Chuck Berry, Chuck Berry is on Top, 1959 

Iron Butterfly, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, 1968 

Captain Beefheart, Trout Mask Replica, 1969 

Grand Funk Railroad, Closer to Home, 1970 

Emerson Lake & Palmer, Tarkus, 1971 

Roxy Music, Roxy Music, 1972 

Joe Walsh, The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get, 1973 

Steve Miller Band, Abracadabra, 1982 

Steve Miller

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Texas Flood, 1983 

Ringo Starr, Old Wave, 1983 

Nirvana, Bleach, 1989 

Pete Townshend, Psychoderelict, 1993 

Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill, 1995 

Rush, Clockwork Angels, 2012 

RUSH

Deaths

James Honeyman-Scott – June 16, 1982 

Henry Mancini – June 14, 1994 

Kristen Pfaff of Hole – June 16, 1994 

Rory Gallagher – June 14, 1995 

Ella Fitzgerald – June 15, 1996 

Karl Mueller of Soul Asylum – June 17, 2005 

Bob Bogle of the Ventures – June 14, 2009 

Jimmy Dean – June 13, 2010 

Clarence Clemons – June 18, 2011 

Casey Kasem – June 15, 2014 


Births

Junior Walker – June 14, 1931 

Waylon Jennings – June 15, 1937 

Harry Nilsson – June 15, 1941 

Marv Tarplin – June 13, 1941 

Paul McCartney – June 18, 1942 

McCartney

Carl Radle of Derek and the Dominos – June 18, 1942 

Spooner Oldham – June 14, 1943 

Chris Spedding – June 17, 1944 

Rod Argent – June 14, 1945 

Noddy Holder of Slade – June 15, 1946 

Greg Rolie of Santana and Journey – June 17, 1947 

Alan White of Yes – June 14, 1949 

Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick – June 12, 1951 

Brad Delp of Boston – June 12, 1951  

Meredith Brooks – June 12, 1951  

Bardi Martin of Candlebox – June 12, 1969 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – June 12, 1977  

Nathan Followill of Kings of Leon – June 16, 1979