This week in rock music history was marked by abundance of significant events. One of the songs that launched rock and roll was recorded, one of contemporary music’s greatest bands announced their breakup, and, sadly, an R&B/funk giant performed his final show. A trove of classic albums was released as well, including landmark records by David Bowie, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Cult. Read on for a look back at other noteworthy moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

Events

1954 – Bill Haley records “Rock Around the Clock.” A world-wide smash, the recording eventually achieves sales of 25 million.

1957 – Ricky Nelson performs his debut single, “I’m Walkin’,” on the TV show “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” effectively launching his music career at age 16.

1961 – Bob Dylan performs his first New York City live gig, opening for John Lee Hooker at Gerde’s Folk City.

1966 – Buffalo Springfield make their live debut, performing at The Troubadour in Los Angeles.

1967 – Marvin Gaye records his version of “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.”

1968 – Janis Joplin makes her first American TV appearance, performing on “The Hollywood Palace” with Big Brother & the Holding Company.

1969 – The 5th Dimension’s recording of “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” tops the charts and remains in that spot for six weeks.

1970 – Paul McCartney issues a press release announcing the breakup of the Beatles. It later comes to light that John Lennon had decided to leave the Beatles much earlier than McCartney, but had kept his intentions secret from the press.

1970 – The Beatles’ Let It Be album tops the U.S. charts.

Beatles

1970 – Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” is certified gold in the U.S.

1972 – Electric Light Orchestra make their live debut, performing at the Fox and Greyhound Pub in Croydon, England.

1975 – Ronnie Wood is announced as the replacement for recently departed Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor.

1976 – Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive! album hits #1 on the U.S. charts. It goes on to occupy the top spot for 10 non-consecutive weeks, and remains on the chart for a total of 97 weeks.

1973 – Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy album is certified gold.

1979 – Mickey Thomas—previously best known as the lead vocalist on Elvin Bishop’s “Fooled Around and Fell in Love”—becomes the new lead singer for Jefferson Starship.

1994 – More than 5,000 people attend a memorial service for Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, held at the Seattle Flag Pavilion.

1994 – Oasis release their first single, “Supersonic.”

2002 – S.C. governor James Hodges declares singer James Brown the state’s “Godfather of Soul.”

2009 – Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” is determined to be the most-played song in public places during the past 75 years, according to BBC Radio 2. Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” comes in at Number Two.

2014 – REM’s Michael Stipe inducts Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Stipe’s comments include the observation that Nirvana “spoke truth and a lot of people listened.”

2016 – Prince stages his final show, performing at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The last song he performs is “Purple Rain.”


Releases

1970 – Elton John: Elton John

1972 – Raspberries: Raspberries

1972 – Creedence Clearwater Revival: Mardi Gras

1972 – Stephen Stills and Manassas: Manassas

1973 – The J. Geils Band: Bloodshot

1973 – David Bowie: Aladdin Sane

1973 – Bob Marley & The Wailers: Catch a Fire

Bob Marley

1974 – Lynyrd Skynyrd: Second Helping

1975 – The Beach Boys: Spirit of America

1976 – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: Live Bullet

1978 – Various Artists: Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture

1979 – Thin Lizzy: Black Rose: A Rock Legend

1980 – Judas Priest: British Steel

1980 – Iron Maiden: Iron Maiden

1981 – Public Image Ltd.: The Flowers of Romance

1982 – John Cougar: American Fool

1982 – Van Halen: Diver Down

1983 – R.E.M.: Murmur

1983 – David Bowie: Let's Dance

David Bowie

1984 – Rush: Grace Under Pressure

1987 – Fleetwood Mac: Tango in the Night

1988 – Iron Maiden: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

1988 – Neil Young and the Bluenotes: This Note's for You

1988 – Cheap Trick: Lap of Luxury

1989 – The Cult: Sonic Temple

1989 – Garth Brooks: Garth Brooks

1990 – Lou Reed and John Cale: Songs for Drella

1991 – Temple of the Dog: Temple of the Dog

1994 – Hole: Live Through This

1998 – Widespread Panic: Light Fuse, Get Away

1999 – Shelby Lynne: I Am Shelby Lynne

2002 – Sheryl Crow: C'mon C'mon

Sheyrl Crow

2003 – ZZ Top: Mescalero

2003 – Fleetwood Mac: Say You Will


Deaths

Stuart Sutcliff – April 10, 1962

Josephine Baker – April 12, 1975

Sam Kinison – April 10, 1992

Anthony Newley – April 14, 1999

Skip Spence – April 16, 1999

Joey Ramone – April 15, 2001

Little Eva – April 10, 2003

Ritchie Cordell – April 13, 2004

Johnnie Johnson – April 13, 2005

June Pointer – April 11, 2006

Mississippi Slim – April 14, 2010

Jesse Winchester – April 11, 2014

Percy Sledge – April 14, 2015


Births

Henry Mancini – April 16, 1924

Loretta Lynn – April 14, 1935

Dusty Springfield – April 16, 1939

Herbie Hancock – April 12, 1940

John Kay (Steppenwolf) – April 12, 1944

Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane) – April 13, 1944

Dave Edmonds – April 15, 1944

Lowell George – April 13, 1945

Ritchie Blackmore – April 14, 1945

Al Green – April 13, 1946

Bunny Livingston – April 10, 1947

Lee Kerslake (Uriah Heep) – April 16, 1947

Fred Smith (Television) – April 10, 1948

June Millington (Fanny) – April 14, 1949

Eddie Hazel (Funkadelic) – April 10, 1950

David Cassidy – April 12, 1950

Max Weinberg – April 13, 1951

Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil) – April 16, 1953

Jimmy Destri (Blondie) – April 13, 1954

Vince Gill – April 12, 1957

Stuart Adamson (Big Country) – April 11, 1958

Brian Setzer – April 10, 1959

Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) – April 12, 1964

Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum) – April 16, 1964

Ed O’Brien (Radiohead) – April 15, 1968