This week in rock music history was been marked by abundance of significant events. A long-running music awards show made its television debut, a pioneering hard rock band officially came to an end, and a revered alternative group entered the Top 10 chart for the very first time. A trove of classic albums was released as well, including landmark records by The Rolling Stones, The Who and Pink Floyd. Read on for a look back at other noteworthy moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

Events

1956 - The “rock and roll” film “The Girl Can't Help It” opens in the U.S. Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, the Platters and Fats Domino are among the featured artists.

1959 - The Grammy Awards show is nationally televised for the first time.

1961 - The Beatles and Brian Epstein meet for the first time, at a record store owned by Epstein. Later that evening they meet again to discuss Epstein’s management of the group.

Beatles

1965 - Keith Richards suffers a serious electric shock – losing consciousness -- when his guitar makes contact with his microphone during a performance of “The Last Time” at a Rolling Stones show in Sacramento.

1966 - The Beatles record “Strawberry Fields Forever.”

1966 - Jeff Beck officially leaves The Yardbirds after spending a year-and-a-half in the band. He later forms the Jeff Beck Group.

1968 - Janis Joplin makes her last appearance with Big Brother & the Holding Company.

1969 - The Beatles’ “Come Together” reaches #1 on the charts.

1974 – John Lennon joins Elton John onstage at Madison Square Garden, where the two perform “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” and “I Saw Her Standing There.” It would be Lennon’s last concert appearance.

1977 – David Bowie joins Bing Crosby for a duet on Crosby’s final Christmas TV special. The two perform a modified version of “Little Drummer Boy,” with Bowie singing new “Peace On Earth” lyrics composed by the show’s writers.

David Bowie and Bing Crosby

1979 - The four original members of KISS perform for the last time together before their first breakup.

1980 - Led Zeppelin officially declare they will not continue as a band in the wake of drummer John Bonham’s death.

1980 - Annie Leibovitz takes the last known photographs of John Lennon and Yoko Ono together at the Lennon’s apartment in New York.

1983 – Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video debuts on MTV. A "making of" version is later released on VHS tape, and becomes the best-selling music video of all time.

1987 - REM enter the Top 10 on the US singles chart for the first time, with their hit “‘The One I Love.”

1988 - Roy Orbison plays what turns out to be his last concert, in Akron, Ohio. Orbison dies of heart failure two days after the show.

Releases

1964 - The Beatles: Beatles for Sale

1965 - The Rolling Stones: December's Children (And Everybody’s)

1967 – Love: Forever Changes

1968 – Van Morrison: Astral Weeks

1968 - The Who: The Who Sell Out

Who

1968 - The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet

1969 - The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed

1970 – Derek and the Dominoes: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

1970 – Velvet Underground: Loaded

1970 – Trapeze: Medusa

1970 – Spirit: The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

1970 – Wishbone Ash: Wishbone Ash

1971 – Bonnie Raitt: Bonnie Raitt

1971 – Mott the Hoople: Brain Capers

1971 – Grand Funk Railroad: E Pluribus Funk

1971 – Mountain: Flowers of Evil

1971 – Steppenwolf: For Ladies Only

1971 – Traffic: The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

1971 – Nilsson: Nilsson Schmilsson

1971 – Humble Pie: Performance Rockin’ the Fillmore

1971 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Pictures at an Exhibition

1971 – King Crimson – Islands

1973 – Black Sabbath: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

1974 – Charlie Daniels Band: Fire on the Mountain

1974 – Ohio Players: Fire

1974 – Linda Ronstadt: Heart Like a Wheel

1974 – Mott the Hoople: Live

1974 – Deep Purple: Stormbringer

1974 – Badfinger: Wish You Were Here

1975 – Pure Prairie League: If the Shoe Fits

1976 – ZZ Top: Tejas

1976 – Joni Mitchell: Hejira

1976 – Foghat: Night Shift

1976 – Jackson Browne: The Pretender

1976 – Aerosmith: Draw the Line

1976 – The Scorpions: Taken by Force

1977 – KISS: Alive II

1978 – Alice Cooper: From the Inside

Alice Cooper

1978 – The J. Geils Band: Sanctuary

1978 – The Doobie Brothers: Minute by Minute

1979 – Pink Floyd: The Wall

1980 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy

1980 – The Jam: Sound Affects

1982 - Michael Jackson: Thriller

1983 - Bad Religion: Into the Unknown

1984 – Deep Purple: Perfect Strangers

1988 – Guns N’ Roses: G N’ R Lies

1993 - The Beatles: Live at the BBC (Recorded 1963-'65)

Deaths

Magic Sam – Dec. 1, 1969

Tommy Bolin – Dec. 4, 1976

Frank Zappa – Dec. 4, 1993

Jerry Edmonton (Steppenwolf) – Nov. 28, 1993

George Harrison – Nov. 29, 2001

Odetta – Dec. 2, 2008

Hubert Sumlin – Dec. 4, 2011

Junior Murvin – Dec. 2, 2013

Bobby Keys – Dec. 2, 2014

Ian McLagan (Small Faces, Faces) – Dec. 3, 2014

Scott Weiland – Dec. 3, 2015

Births

Merle Travis – Nov. 29, 1917

Berry Gordy, Jr. – Nov. 28, 1929

Dick Clark – Nov. 30, 1929

Bob Moore (Moby Grape) – Nov. 30, 1932

John Mayall – Nov. 29, 1933

Chris Hillman (The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Byrds) – Dec. 4, 1942

Bob Mosley (Moby Grape) – Dec. 4, 1942

Randy Newman – Nov. 28, 1943

Felix Cavaliere – Nov. 29, 1944

Robb Grill (The Grass Roots) – Nov. 30, 1944

Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult) – Dec. 1, 1944

John Densmore (The Doors) – Dec. 1, 1944

Dennis Wilson (The Beach Boys) – Dec. 4, 1944

Roger Glover (Deep Purple) – Nov. 30, 1945

Gilbert O'Sullivan – Dec. 1, 1946

Ronnie Montrose – Nov. 29, 1947

Ozzy Osbourne – Dec. 3, 1948

Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starship) – Dec. 3, 1949

Barry Goudreau (Boston) – Nov. 29, 1951

Jaco Pastorius – Dec. 1, 1951

Gary Rossington – Dec. 4, 1951

Duane Roland (Molly Hatchet) – Dec. 3, 1952

Billy Idol – Nov. 30, 1955

John Ashton (The Psychedelic Furs) – Nov. 30, 1957

Rick Savage (Def Leppard) – Dec. 2, 1960

Matt Cameron (Soundgarden) – Nov. 28, 1962