Historically speaking, this week in rock music has been marked by a trove of memorable events. The most important band in rock history make their television debut, the most influential heavy metal band of the ‘70s kicked off their third U.S. tour, and classic rock favorites Santana made a spectacular comeback. A spate of classic albums was released as well, including landmark records by David Bowie, Bob Seger and U2. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

Events

1959 – Paul McCartney makes his debut appearance with The Quarrymen, performing alongside John Lennon and three other band members.

1960 – Roy Orbison scores his first U.K. Number One hit, with “Only the Lonely.”

1962 – The Beatles make their television debut, performing the songs “Some Other Guy” and “Love Me Do” live on a show titled “People and Places,” in Manchester, England.

1966 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first major public show as a band, appearing at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France.

1966 – The Yardbirds perform their first concert to feature Jimmy Page on lead guitar.

1969 – Peter Frampton meets singer Steve Marriott. The two begin plans for a new band, which emerges the following April as Humble Pie.

1969 – Led Zeppelin kicks off their third U.S. tour, performing at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

1969 – Rod Stewart joins The Faces.

1976 – Keith Moon plays his last show with The Who, as the band completes a North American tour in Toronto. The drummer dies two years later in September of 1978.

1977 – The Led Zeppelin film “The Song Remains the Same” premieres in New York City and in London. The band attends the New York premiere.

1977 – In Greenville, S.C., Lynyrd Skynyrd play their last show prior to the plane crash in which three members of the band lost their lives in one of rock’s most devastating tragedies.

1978 – The Police make their U.S. debut, performing at CBGB’s in New York.

1999 – Santana’s Supernatural album tops the charts, giving the group their first Number One album in 28 years.

2001 – Concerts are staged at Madison Square Garden in New York and at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., to raise funds for victims of the 9/11 attacks. David Bowie, Paul McCartney, The Who and Eric Clapton are among the performers.

2008 – Guns N’ Roses release their first new material in nearly a decade, issuing the title track from the new album, Chinese Democracy. Singer Axl Rose is the sole original member of the band.

Releases

1964 – The Rolling Stones: 12 x 5

1966 – The Zombies: “She’s Not There” (single)

1969 – Led Zeppelin: II

1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono: Wedding Album

1970 – Bob Dylan: New Morning

1970 – Genesis: Trespass

1971 – The Doors: Other Voices

1973 – David Bowie: Pinups

1973 – Montrose: Montrose

1973 – The Wailers: Burnin’

1974 – KISS: Hotter Than Hell

1976 – Bob Seger: Night Moves

1977 – Lynyrd Skynyrd: Street Survivors

1977 – Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell

1979 – Fleetwood Mac: Tusk

1979 – Prince: Prince

1979 -- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Damn the Torpedoes

1980 – U2: Boy

1985 – The Cult: Love

1986 – Iggy Pop: Blah Blah Blah

1987 – INXS: Kick

1988 – Steve Earle: Copperhead Road

1989 – Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine

1992 – Keith Richards: Main Offender

1993 – Pearl Jam: Vs.

1998 – Black Sabbath: Reunion

2002 – Santana: Shaman

2011 – Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto

Deaths

Derek Bell (The Chieftains) – Oct. 17, 2002

Levi Stubbs (Four Tops) – Oct. 17, 2008

Dee Dee Warwick – Oct. 18, 2008

Glen Buxton (Alice Cooper) – Oct. 19, 1997

Son House – Oct. 19, 1988

Don Cherry – Oct. 19, 1995

Merle Travis – Oct. 20, 1983

Ronnie Van Zant – Oct. 20, 1977

Steve Gaines – Oct. 20, 1977

Shannon Hoon (Blind Melon) – Oct. 21, 1995

Elliott Smith – Oct. 21, 2003

Sandy West (Runaways) – Oct. 21, 2006

Al Jolson – Oct. 23, 1950

“Mother” Maybelle Carter – Oct. 23, 1978

Births

Jim Seals (Seals & Croft) – Oct. 17, 1941

Ziggy Marley – Oct. 17, 1968

Chuck Berry – Oct. 18, 1926

Laura Nyro – Oct. 18, 1947

Gary Richrath (REO Speedwagon) – Oct. 18, 1949

Keith Knudson (Doobie Brothers) – Oct. 18, 1952

Peter Tosh – Oct. 19, 1944

Keith Reid (Procol Harum) – Oct. 19, 1946

Karl Wallinger (The Waterboys, World Party) – Oct. 19, 1957

Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) – Oct. 19, 1948

Jelly Roll Morton – Oct. 20, 1890

Tom Petty – Oct. 20, 1950

Alan Greenwood (Foreigner) – Oct. 20, 1951

Norman Black (Teenage Fanclub) – Oct. 20, 1965

Manfred Mann – Oct. 21, 1940

Steve Cropper – Oct. 21, 1941

Elvin Bishop – Oct. 21, 1942

Lux Interior (The Cramps) -- Oct. 21, 1946

Steve Lukather – Oct. 21, 1957

Bobby Fuller – Oct. 22, 1942

Leslie West – Oct. 22, 1945

Stiv Bators – Oct. 22, 1956

Shelby Lynne – Oct. 22, 1968

Dwight Yoakam – Oct. 23, 1956

Roberto Trujillo – Oct. 23, 1964