Historically speaking, this week in rock music has been marked by an abundance of memorable events. A classic Beatles film premiered in New York, a legendary hard-rock quartet rehearsed together for the first time, and Queen performed what turned out to be a historic show. A spate of classic albums was released as well, including landmark records by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Def Leppard, and Metallica. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

Events

1952 – The original version of “Hound Dog” is recorded by Big Mama Thornton.

1957 – The Quarrymen stage their debut performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. New member Paul McCartney misses the show, however, as he’s away at Boy Scout camp.

1964 – The Animals’ version of “House of the Rising Sun” is released.

1964 – The Beatles “A Hard Day’s Night” film premieres in New York City.

The Beatles

1965 – Herman’s Hermit’s “I’m Henry VIII, I Am” knocks “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” off the top of the U.S. singles chart.

1968 – Cream’s Wheels of Fire tops the album charts.

1968 – Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham practice together for the first time, rehearsing at a studio in London’s West End.

1969 – Photographer Iain MacMillan shoots the cover for The Beatles’ Abbey Road album.

1970 – Christine McVie appears onstage as a member of Fleetwood Mac for the first time, as the band performs in New Orleans.

1973 – The Edgar Winter Group release “Free Ride.”

1974 – Bad Company release “Can’t Get Enough.”

Bad Company

1979 – Led Zeppelin perform their final show in the U.K.

1980 – John Lennon begins recording the Double Fantasy album.

1980 – AC/DC score their first Number One album in the U.K., with the Back in Black LP.

1986 – Queen stage what turns out to be their final live show with Freddie Mercury, staging a show at the Knebworth Park Festival in England.

1993 – A reunited Steely Dan kick off a tour in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

1995 – The original members of Kiss perform together for the first time since 1980, as they reunite for an “MTV Unplugged” special.

2005 – The Rolling Stones launch their “A Bigger Bang” tour in Toronto. The tour lasts for more than two years.

2008 – The Police finish their reunion tour, performing a show at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The tour was their first since 1986.


Releases

1966 – The Beatles: Revolver

1968 – Big Brother and the Holding Company: Cheap Thrills

1970 – The Moody Blues: A Question of Balance

Moody Blues

1970 – Iron Butterfly: Metamorphosis

1973 – Rod Stewart: Sing It Again Rod (Compilation)

1973 – Lynyrd Skynyrd: (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)

1974 – Leonard Cohen: New Skin for the Old Ceremony

1978 – Roberta Flack: Roberta Flack

1978 – Chic: C'est Chic

1979 – Michael Jackson: Off the Wall

1979 – Chicago: Chicago 13

1981 – The Go-Go's: Beauty and the Beat

Go Gos

1981 – Def Leppard: High 'n' Dry

1982 – Don Henley: I Can't Stand Still

1982 – The Go-Go's: Vacation

1983 – Black Sabbath: Born Again

1983 – Billy Joel: An Innocent Man

1984 – Red Hot Chili Peppers: The Red Hot Chili Peppers

1985 – Neil Young: Old Ways

1985 – Sheila E.: Romance 1600

1986 – Ratt: Dancing Undercover

1986 – Motörhead: Orgasmatron

1990 – Extreme: Pornograffiti

1990 – Pixies: Bossanova

Pixies

1991 – Metallica: Metallica

1992 – Damn Yankees: Don't Tread

1992 – Jacky: Jackyl

1993 – Billy Joel: River of Dreams

1994 – Lynyrd Skynyrd: Endangered Species

1995 – Luna: Penthouse

1996 – The Cardigans: First Band on the Moon

1998 – Liz Phair: whitechocolatespaceegg

1999 – Lynyrd Skynyrd: Edge of Forever

2000 – Coldplay: Parachutes (U.K. release)

2000 – Mötley Crüe: New Tattoo

2000 – Everclear: Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile

2002 – James Taylor: October Road

2002 – Def Leppard: X


Deaths

Joe Tex – August 13, 1982

John Cage – August 11, 1992

Jerry Garcia – August 9, 1995

Luther Allison – August 12, 1997

Isaac Hayes – August 10, 2008

Les Paul – August 12, 2009

Richie Hayward – August 12, 2010

Jani Lane (Warrant) – August 11, 2011

“Cowboy” Jack Clement – August 8, 2013


Births

Jimmy Witherspoon – August 8, 1923

Porter Wagoner – August 12, 1927

Jimmy Dean – August 10, 1928

Buck Owens – August 12, 1929

Mel Tillis – August 8, 1932

Joe Tex – August 8, 1933

Bobby Hatfield (Righteous Brothers) – August 9, 1940

B.J. Thomas – August 7, 1942

Ronnie Spector – August 9, 1943

Kenny Gamble – August 11, 1943

Jim Kale – August 11, 1943

Benjamin Orr (The Cars) – August 8, 1947

Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) – August 9, 1947

Jethro Tull

Eric Carmen – August 11, 1949

Mark Knopfler – August 12, 1949

Rodney Crowell – August 7, 1950

Erik Braunn (Iron Butterfly) – August 11, 1950

August Darnell (aka Kid Creole) – August 12, 1950

Ron Mael (Sparks) – August 12, 1950

Dan Fogelberg – August 13, 1951

Andy Fraser (Free) – August 7, 1952

Free

Joe Jackson – August 11, 1954

Pat Metheny – August 12, 1954

Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) – August 7, 1958

Rikki Rockett (Poison) – August 8, 1959

Aimee Mann – August 8, 1960

David Evans (aka The Edge) – August 8, 1961

Whitney Houston – Auguest 9, 1963

Kristin Hersh – August 7, 1966

Charlie Sexton – August 11, 1968