A trove of memorable events occurred during this week in rock history. Led Zeppelin’s recording career got underway, a reggae legend performed his final show, and one of rock’s most beloved alternative bands announced they were coming to an end. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

 

Events

1960 – Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” tops the singles chart in the U.S.

1964 – Herman’s Hermits top the U.K. charts – the only time the band would do so – with their version of the Carole King/Gerry Goffin song, “I’m into Something Good.”

1967 – The Box Tops kick off a four-week run atop the U.S. charts with “The Letter.”

1968 – Led Zeppelin begin recording their debut album at Olympic Studios in London.

1969 – Blind Faith’s self-titled album tops the U.S. album chart. The “supergroup” consists of Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ric Grech, and Ginger Baker.

1971 – Peter Frampton officially leaves Humble Pie to launch his solo career.

1971 – The acclaimed music show “The Old Grey Whistle Test” premieres on BBC television. The trio America is one of two featured “live” artists, with clips of Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix being shown as well.

1980 – Bob Marley performs his last show, staging a concert with the Wailers at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh.

1981 – Simon & Garfunkel reunite to perform a free concert in Central Park in New York. More than 400,000 people are in attendance.

1983 – Kiss appear on TV without their trademark makeup for the first time, sitting for an interview with MTV about their new album, Lick It Up.

1985 – The first Farm Aid benefit concert is staged in Champaign, Illinois. Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp are the main organizers of the event.

1997 – The VH1 show “Storytellers” is broadcast live for the first time, with Elton John performing in New Orleans from the House of Blues.

1997 – The Rolling Stones kick off their “Bridges to Babylon” tour with a performance in Chicago.

Rolling Stones

1998 – The first Lilith Fair concert to be staged outside North America takes place at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

2011 – R.E.M. announce the band is coming to an end after a 30-year-plus run.

 

Releases

1967 – Beach Boys: Smiley Smile

1969 – The Band: The Band

1969 – Isaac Hayes: Hot Buttered Soul

1969 – Laura Nyro: New York Tendaberry

1970 – Neil Young: After the Gold Rush

1970 – Allman Brothers Band: Idlewild South

1971 – T. Rex: Electric Warrior

1973 – Thin Lizzy: Vagabonds of the Western World

1973 – Black Oak Arkansas: High on the Hog

1975 – Rush: Caress of Steel

1977 – Steely Dan: Aja

1977 – Randy Newman: Little Criminals

1977 – Rolling Stones: Love You Live

1977 – The Stranglers: No More Heroes

1978 – Yes: Tormato

1978 – Ramones: Road to Ruin

1979 – Foghat: Boogie Motel

1979 – Cheap Trick: Dream Police

1979 – Eagles: The Long Run

1980 – Utopia: Deface the Music

1981 – King Crimson: Discipline

1981 – Frank Zappa: You Are What You Is

1982 – Billy Joel: The Nylon Curtain

1983 – Kiss: Lick It Up

1985 – 10,000 Maniacs: The Wishing Chair

1986 – Megadeth: Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?

1986 – Alice Cooper: Constrictor

1986 – Boston: Third Stage

Boston

1987 – Kiss: Crazy Nights

1988 – Bon Jovi: New Jersey

1989 – Bob Dylan: Oh Mercy

1989 – Lenny Kravitz: Let Love Rule

1990 – AC/DC: The Razors Edge

1990 – Megadeth: Rust in Peace

1991 – Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magik

1991 – Nirvana: Nevermind

1992 – Nine Inch Nails: Broken (EP)

1992 – Bad Company: Here Comes Trouble

1993 – Nirvana: In Utero

1994 – Grant Lee Buffalo: Mighty Joe Moon

1994 – Liz Phair: Whip-Smart

1995 – Mercury Rev: See You on the Other Side

1995 – Son Volt: Trace

1996 – Sheryl Crow: Sheryl Crow

1996 – Susanna Hoffs: Susanna Hoffs

Susanna-Hoffs

1997 – Elton John: The Big Picture

1997 – Gilby Clarke: The Hangover

1997 – Bob Dylan: Time Out of Mind

1998 – Goo Goo Dolls: Dizzy Up the Girl

1998 – Kiss: Psycho Circus

1998 – Queens of the Stone Age: Queens of the Stone Age

1999 – Yes: The Ladder

1999 – Chris Cornell: Euphoria Morning

1999 – Nine Inch Nails: The Fragile

2000 – Willie Nelson: Milk Cow Blues

2001 – Alice Cooper: Dragontown

2001 – John Mayer: Room for Squares

2004 – Green Day: American Idiot

Green Day

2004 – John Fogerty: Deja Vu All Over Again

2005 – Buddy Guy: Bring ‘Em In

2005 – Bon Jovi: Have a Nice Day

 

Deaths

Jimi Hendrix – September 18, 1970

Gram Parsons – September 19, 1973

Jim Croce – September 20, 1973

Robbie McIntosh (Average White Band) – September 23, 1974

Steve Goodman – September 20, 1984

Jaco Pastorius – September 21, 1987

Lawrence “Booker T.” Laury – September 23, 1995

Jimmy Witherspoon – September 18, 1997

Skeeter Davis – September 19, 2004

Doug Grassel (Ohio Express) – September 21, 2013

 

Births

John Coltrane – September 23, 1926

Joni James – September 22, 1930

Ray Charles – September 23, 1930

Brook Benton – September 19, 1931

Anthony Newley – September 24, 1931

Jimmie Rodgers – September 18, 1933

Brian Epstein – September 19, 1934

Leonard Cohen – September 21, 1934

Roy Buchanan – September 23, 1939

Paul Williams – September 19, 1940

Bill Medley – September 19, 1940

Lee Dorman (Iron Butterfly) – September 19, 1941

Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers) – September 24, 1942

Linda McCartney – September 24, 1942

Cass Elliott – September 19, 1943

Jesse Ed Davis – September 21, 1944

Freda Payne – September 19, 1945

Lol Creme (10cc) – September 19, 1947

Don Felder (Eagles) – September 21, 1947

Neal Smith (Alice Cooper) – September 23, 1947

Bruce Springsteen – September 23, 1949

Daniel Lanois – September 19, 1951

David Coverdale – September 22, 1951

Dee Dee Ramone – September 18, 1952

Nile Rodgers – September 19, 1952

Nick Cave – September 22, 1957

Lita Ford – September 19, 1958

Joan Jett – September 22, 1958

Joan Jett

Joanne Catherall (Human League) – September 18, 1962

Trisha Yearwood – September 19, 1964

Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) – September 20, 1966

Matthew Nelson – September 20, 1967

Gunnar Nelson – September 20, 1967

Faith Hill – September 21, 1967

Liam Gallagher – September 21, 1972