Another Auld Lang Syne of memorable events occurred during this week in rock history. Fleetwood Mac took on two new members, a key member of the Rolling Stones announced his departure from the band, and Gibson launched one of the company’s most visually striking guitars. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

 

Events

1950 – Sam Phillips opens the Memphis Recording Service, later to be renamed Sun Studio.

1958 – Gibson launches the legendary “Flying V” electric guitar. Albert King, Dave Davies and Lonnie Mack are among the many renowned players who come to be associated with the instrument.

1959 – ABC’s “American Bandstand” leads the daytime television ratings for the first time.

1966 – Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” tops the U.S. singles chart.

1969 – The Beatles begin rehearsals for what will eventually become their Let It Be album.

Beatles

1970 – B. J. Thomas’s recording of “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” tops the U.S. singles chart. It remains in the top spot for four weeks.

1971 – George Harrison’s triple album, All Things Must Pass, begins a seven-week run atop the U.S. album chart.

1973 – Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” reaches the Number One spot on the Hot 100 chart.

1975 – Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac. Among the songs the two bring to the band are “Landslide” and “Rhiannon.”

1979 – The soundtrack to “Saturday Night Fever” tops 25 million in worldwide sales, making the double-LP the best-selling album in history at that point.

1979 – Prince makes his live debut, performing at the Capri Theatre in Minneapolis.

1980 – David Bowie makes his final appearance in the title role of “The Elephant Man” at the Booth Theatre on Broadway.

1987 – Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1989 – Nirvana enters into a one-year recording contract with the Sub Pop record label.

1993 – The Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman announces he is leaving the band. Wyman had been the group’s bassist for 30 years.

2010 – Chris Cornell announces via a tweet than Soundgarden are reuniting. The group had split up 13 years earlier, in 1997.

 

Releases

1967 – The Doors:  The Doors

1969 – Creedence Clearwater Revival:  Bayou Country

1970 – Syd Barrett:  The Madcap Laughs

Syd Barrett

1973 – Thin Lizzy:  Vagabonds of the Western World

1973 – Aerosmith:  Aerosmith

1973 – Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band:  Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.

1974 – Joni Mitchell:  Court and Spark

1976 – Journey:  Look into the Future

1976 – Bob Dylan:  Desire

1976 – Peter Frampton:  Frampton Comes Alive!

1979 – Elvis Costello & the Attractions:  Armed Forces

1979 – Joe Jackson:  Look Sharp!

1983 – Eurythmics:  Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

1986 – The Bangles:  Different Light

1988 – L.A. Guns:  L.A. Guns

1993 – Neil Young:  Lucky Thirteen

2006 – The Strokes:  First Impressions of Earth

2008 -- The Smashing Pumpkins:  American Gothic

 

Deaths

Hank Williams – Jan. 1, 1953

Tex Ritter – Jan. 2, 1974

Charlie Mingus – Jan. 5, 1979

Alexis Korner – Jan. 1, 1984

Phil Lynott – Jan. 4, 1986

Dizzy Gillespie – Jan. 6, 1993

Ted Hawkins – Jan. 1, 1995

Randy California – Jan. 2, 1997

Randy California

Sonny Bono – Jan. 5, 1998

Lou Rawls – Jan. 6, 2006

Ron Asheton (The Stooges) – Jan. 6, 2009

Willie Mitchell – Jan. 5, 2010

Gerry Rafferty – Jan. 4, 2011

Patti Page – Jan. 1, 2013

Jay Traynor (Jay & the Americans) – Jan. 2, 2014

Phil Everly – Jan. 3, 2014

 

Births

Sam Phillips – Jan. 5, 1923

Earl Scruggs – Jan. 6, 1924

George Martin – Jan. 3, 1926

Roger Miller – Jan. 2, 1936

Paul Revere (Paul Revere & the Raiders) – Jan. 7, 1937

Rory Storm – Jan. 7, 1938

John McLaughlin – Jan. 4, 1942

Van Dyke Parks – Jan. 3, 1943

Stephen Stills – Jan. 3, 1945

Dave Cousins (The Strawbs) – Jan. 7, 1945

John Paul Jones – Jan. 3, 1946

Syd Barrett – Jan. 6, 1946

Kenny Loggins – Jan. 7, 1948

Morgan Fisher (Mott the Hoople) – Jan. 1, 1950

Chris Stein (Blondie) – Jan. 5, 1950

Malcolm Young – Jan. 6, 1953

Diane Warren – Jan. 1, 1956

Bernard Sumner – Jan. 4, 1956

Grandmaster Flash – Jan. 1, 1958

Kathy Valentine (Go-Go’s) – Jan. 7, 1959

Michael Stipe – Jan. 4, 1960

Marilyn Manson – Jan. 5, 1969