What a week! We have debut releases from The Band, System of a Down, and Slipknot. Bon Jovi signed a record deal, and Queen played their first show. Sadly, this is also the week when we lost some truly legendary musicians, as Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, and John Entwistle all left this world. Read on to see what else happened at the tail end of June and early July in rock history.

Events

1968 - Elvis Presley did his comeback special for NBC, decked out in a black leather outfit.

1969 - Jimi Hendrix's band mates Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding quit The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Jimi Hendrix

1970 - The newly formed band Queen played their very first gig when they took the stage at Truro City Hall in Cornwall, England

1975 - The Eagles reached number one on the US album chart with One of These Nights, where they would stay for five consecutive weeks.

1981 - Motörhead topped the UK charts for the first and only time with their live album No Sleep 'til Hammersmith.

1983 - Bon Jovi signed a deal with Mercury Records.

Bon Jovi

1994 - Oasis made their first appearance on the UK TV show Top of the Pops where they played "Shakermaker" from their upcoming debut album Definitely Maybe.

2000 - During an appearance by Pearl Jam at Denmark's Roskilde Festival eight concert goers were trampled to death. The tragic event understandably took a heavy toll on the band, and led to stricter rules for general admission audiences, including the use of barricades to protect the concert goers closest to the stage.

Releases

1966 - The Mothers of Invention: Freak Out!

1968 - Pink Floyd: A Saucerful of Secrets

1968 - The Band: Music From Big Pink

1968 - The Doors: Waiting for the Sun

1970 - Cactus: Cactus

1971 - Stephen Stills: Stephen Stills 2

1972 - The Doobie Brothers: Toulouse Street

1973 - Sly and the Family Stone: Fresh

1975 - Ronnie Wood: Now Look

1977 - Kiss: Love Gun

KISS

1979 - Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Rust Never Sleeps (live album)

1980 - Girlschool: Demolition

1980 - Queen: The Game

1980 - Krokus: Metal Rendez-vous

1981 - Motörhead: No Sleep 'til Hammersmith

1981 - Foreigner: 4

1983 - Twisted Sister: You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll

1985 - AC/DC: Fly on the Wall

1986 - Queensryche: Rage for Order

1989 - Don Henley: The End of the Innocence

1990 - Steve Earle: The Hard Way

1991 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Into the Great Wide Open

1994 - Keb' Mo': Keb' Mo'

1994 - Beck: One Foot in the Grave

1995 - Bon Jovi: These Days

1998 - System of a Down: System of a Down

1999 - Slipknot: Slipknot

Slipknot

2001 - The White Stripes: White Blood Cells

2002 - Oasis: Heathen Chemistry

2006 - Muse: Black Holes and Revelations

2007 - Velvet Revolver: Libertad

Deaths

Brian Jones - July 3, 1969

Jim Morrison - July 3, 1971

Jim Morrison

Mississippi Fred McDowell - July 3, 1972

Tim Buckley - June 28, 1975

Lowell George - June 28, 1979

Rushton Moreve (Steppenwolf) - July 1, 1981

Chet Atkins - June 30, 2001

John Entwistle - June 27, 2002

Luther Vandross - July 1, 2005

Mel Galley (Trapeze, Whitesnake) - July 1, 2008

Births

Willie Dixon - July 1, 1915

Tommy Tedesco (session guitarist) - July 3, 1930

Bobby Harrison (Procol Harum) - June 28, 1943

Bruce Johnson (The Beach Boys) - June 27, 1944

David Knights (Procol Harum) - June 28, 1945

Debbie Harry - July 1, 1945

Debbie Harry

Ian Paice (Deep Purple) - June 29, 1948

Roy Bittan (the E Street Band) - July 2, 1949

Andy Fraser (Free) - July 3, 1952

Phil Anselmo (Pantera) - June 30, 1968

Mark Stoermer (The Killers) - June 28, 1977