Historically speaking, the second week in February has been marked by a trove of memorable rock events. The Beatles released one of pop music’s greatest 45-rpm records, The Who recorded (in the opinion of many) rock’s greatest live album, and The Clash kicked off their first U.S. tour. A spate of classic LPs was released as well, including landmark records by Rush, Neil Young, and the Allman Brothers Band. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

Events

1961 – Frank Sinatra launched Reprise Records, the first wholly artist-owned record label.

1964 – The Beatles wrap up their initial trip to the U.S. with two 25-minute shows at Carnegie Hall.

1962 – Ray Charles records “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”

1967 – The Beatles release the double-A-sided single, “Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane,” in the U.S.

Beatles

1969 – Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People” begins a four-week run in the Number One spot on the U.S. singles chart.

1970 – The Who stage a concert at Leeds University in England. The show is recorded and released as Live at Leeds, widely considered one of the greatest live rock albums in history.

1972 – Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” tops the U.S. singles chart.

1973 – Free perform their final show. Singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke subsequently co-found the supergroup, Bad Company, with Mick Ralphs and Boz Burrell.

1974 – The “Cher” variety show premieres on CBS. Guests on the first show include Elton John, Bette Midler, and comedian Flip Wilson.

1975 – Linda Ronstadt’s Heart Like a Wheel album tops the U.S. albums chart.

1977 – The Police record their first single, “Fall Out,” in London.

1977 – The B-52’s stage their first live performance, performing at a Valentine’s Day party in Athens, Georgia.

1977 – Sid Vicious replaces bassist Glen Matlock in the Sex Pistols.

1978 – Dire Straits begin recording their debut album.

1979 – The Clash kick off their first U.S. tour, performing at the Palladium in New York City.

Clash

1992 – Singer Vince Neil is kicked out of Mötley Crüe. He returns to the band in 1997.

1993 – The Faces reunite for the annual BRIT awards, with Bill Wyman filling in for original bassist Ronnie Lane. Lane passes away in 1997 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

1997 – David Bowie is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2001 – Peter Frampton is bestowed the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award.

2004 – Led Zeppelin are honored with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the annual Grammy ceremony.

2007 – Sting confirms that The Police are reuniting for a world tour.


Releases

1965 – The Rolling Stones:  Now!

1967 – John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers:  A Hard Road

1969 – The Monkees:  Instant Replay

1970 – Black Sabbath:  Black Sabbath (U.K. release)

1972 – The Allman Brothers Band:  Eat a Peach

1972 – Neil Young:  Harvest

1974 – Deep Purple:  Burn

Deep Purple

1974 – Kiss:  Kiss

1975 – T.Rex:  Bolan’s Zip Gun

1976 – Heart:  Dreamboat Annie

1977 – The Kinks:  Sleepwalker

1977 – America:  Harbor

1980 – Warren Zevon:  Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School

1980 – Elvis Costello:  Get Happy!!

1981 – Rush:  Moving Pictures

RUSH

1981 – Eric Clapton:  Another Ticket

1982 – XTC:  English Settlement

1984 – Laurie Anderson:  Mister Heartbreak

1984 – Thompson Twins:  Into the Gap

1986 – Jackson Browne:  Lives in the Balance

1990 – The Cramps:  Stay Sick!

1993 – Lynyrd Skynyrd:  The Last Rebel

1994 – Pavement:  Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain

1995 – Slash’s Snakepit:  It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere

Slash

1995 – Belly: King

1996 – Gin Blossoms:  Congratulations I’m Sorry

1999 – XTC:  Apple Venus Volume 1

2000 – The Cure:  Bloodflowers

2006 – Toto:  Falling in Between

2011 – Radiohead:  The King of Limbs


Deaths

Nat King Cole – Feb. 15, 1965

Little Walter – Feb. 15, 1968

Mike Bloomfield – Feb. 15, 1981

Thelonius Monk – Feb. 17, 1982

Bob Stinson (The Replacements) – Feb. 17, 1995

Denny Cordell – Feb. 17, 1995

Brownie McGee – Feb. 16, 1996

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Feb. 12, 2000

Jay Hawkins

Oliver – Feb. 12, 2000

Waylon Jennings – Feb. 13, 2002

Doug Fieger (The Knack) – Feb. 14, 2010

Bob Casale (Devo) – Feb. 17, 2014

Lesley Gore – Feb. 15, 2015

Vanity – Feb. 15, 2016

Al Jarreau – Feb. 12, 2017


Births

Otis Blackwell – Feb. 16, 1931

Yoko Ono – Feb. 18, 1933

Sonny Bono – Feb. 16, 1935

Magic Sam – Feb. 14, 1937

Ray Manzarek – Feb. 12, 1939

Bobby Hart – Feb. 18, 1939

Gene Pitney – Feb. 17, 1940

Brian Holland – Feb. 15, 1941

Peter Tork – Feb. 13, 1942

Glyn Johns – Feb. 15, 1942

Eric Anderson – Feb. 14, 1943

Tim Buckley – Feb. 14, 1947

Steve Hackett – Feb. 12, 1950

Peter Gabriel – Feb. 13, 1950

Peter Gabriel

Rickey Medlocke (Lynyrd Skynyrd) – Feb. 17, 1950

Michael McDonald – Feb. 12, 1952

Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy) – Feb. 12, 1956

Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order) – Feb. 13, 1956

Henry Rollins – Feb. 13, 1961

Andy Taylor (Duran Duran) – Feb. 16, 1961

Rob Thomas – Feb. 14, 1972

Billie Joe Armstrong – Feb. 17, 1972