A trove of memorable events occurred during this week in rock and roll history. A breakthrough in recording technology was introduced, David Bowie recorded his first big hit, and a beloved Beatle performed his 3,000 live show. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

Events

1948 – The Columbia record label announces a technological breakthrough – specifically, a vinyl “long playing” record that can hold up to 23 minutes of music on each side.

1962 – Nat King Cole records “Ramblin’ Rose.”

1963 – The Sufaris release their classic, “Wipe Out.”

1966 – The Beatles kick off their final world tour, starting in Munich, Germany.

1967 – The Beatles record “All You Need is Love.”

1968 – The Jeff Beck Group, featuring Rod Stewart as lead singer, stage their first show in America, performing at the Fillmore East in New York City.

1969 – David Bowie records “Space Oddity.” Bowie was inspired to write the song after seeing the 1968 classic film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

David Bowie

1971 – Carole King’s Tapestry album reaches the Number One spot the U.S. album chart, and remains there for the next 15 weeks.

1972 – Smokey Robinson appears onstage with The Miracles for the last time.

1975 – Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple in order to form his new band, Rainbow.

1979 – Supertramp’s Breakfast in America album tops the U.S. charts.

1980 – Donna Summer becomes the first artist to be signed to Geffen Records.

1981 – Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen and Walter Becker announce they are splitting up to pursue solo projects.

1987 – Motley Crue kick off their “Girls, Girls, Girls” tour with Whitesnake as opening act. Later in the tour, an up-and-coming band called Guns N’ Roses replace Whitesnake in that slot.

1990 – Little Richards gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2004 – Paul McCartney performs his 3,000th live show, staging the concert in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Releases

1965 – The Byrds: Mr. Tambourine Man

1967 – Small Faces: Small Faces

1968 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers: Bare Wires

1969 – The Jeff Beck Group: Beck-Ola

1969 – Johnny Winter: Johnny Winter

1969 – Alice Cooper: Pretties for You

1969 – Procol Harum: A Salty Dog

1971 – Joni Mitchell: Blue

1971 – Todd Rundgren: Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren

1972 – Jethro Tull: Living in the Past

1973 – Chicago: Chicago VI

1974 – The Beach Boys: Endless Summer

1975 – Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Tonight’s the Night

1975 – Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention: One Size Fits All

1976 – Alice Cooper: Alice Cooper Goes to Hell

1978 – Foreigner: Double Vision

1980 – The Rolling Stones: Emotional Rescue

1980 – Bob Dylan: Saved

1981 – The Replacements: Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash

1982 – ABC: The Lexicon of Love

ABC

1984 – Glenn Frey: The Allnighter

1984 – Prince & The Revolution: Purple Rain

1985 – Motley Crue: Theatre of Pain

1988 – Jimmy Page: Outrider

1988 – Saxon: Destiny

1988 – Iggy Pop: Instinct

1989 – Mr. Big: Mr. Big

1991 – Bonnie Raitt: Luck of the Draw

1993 – Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville

1995 – Michael Jackson: HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1

2001 – The Cult: Beyond Good and Evil

2004 – Motorhead: Inferno

2010 – Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live from Freedom Hall

2011 – Bon Iver: Bon Iver

2012 – Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel


Deaths

Judy Garland – June 22, 1969

Fred Astaire – June 22, 1987

Boudleaux Bryant – June 25, 1987

Jesse Ed Davis – June 22, 1988

Hillel Slovak (Red Hot Chili Peppers) – June 25, 1988

John Lee Hooker – June 21, 2001

John Lee Hooker

Duane Roland (Molly Hatchet) – June 19, 2006

Claydes Charles Smith (Kool & The Gang) – June 20, 2006

Sky Saxon (The Seeds) – June 25, 2009

Slim Whitman – June 19, 2013

Bobby “Blue” Bland – June 23, 2013

Alan Myers (Devo) – June 24, 2013

Gerry Goffin – June 19, 2014

Ralph Stanley – June 23, 2016


Births

Danny Cedrone (Bill Haley & His Comets) – June 20, 1920

Chet Atkins – June 20, 1924

June Carter Cash – June 23, 1929

Mickie Most – June 20, 1936

Kris Kristofferson – June 22, 1936

Kris Kristofferson

Eddie Floyd – June 25, 1937

Stu Sutcliffe – June 23, 1940

Robert Hunter – June 23, 1941

Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane – June 19, 1942

Brian Wilson – June 20, 1942

Ray Davies – June 21, 1944

Peter Asher – June 22, 1944

Jeff Beck – June 24, 1944

Arthur Brown – June 24, 1944

Colin Blunstone – June 24, 1945

Carly Simon – June 25, 1945

Carly Simon

Allen Lanier (Blue Oyster Cult) – June 25, 1946

Ian McDonald – June 25, 1946

Joey Molland (Badfinger) – June 21, 1947

Howard Kaylan (The Turtles) – June 22, 1947

Mick Fleetwood – June 24, 1947

Nick Drake – June 19, 1948

Todd Rundgren – June 22, 1948

Todd Rundgren

Patrick Moraz (Yes, The Moody Blues) – June 24, 1948

Lionel Richie – June 20, 1949

Ann Wilson (Heart) – June 19, 1950

Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) – June 21, 1950

Nils Lofgren – Jun 21, 1951

Tim Finn (Crowded House) – June 25, 1952

Cyndi Lauper – June 22, 1953

Michael Anthony (Van Halen) – June 20, 1954

David Paich (Toto) – June 25, 1954

Gary Beers (INXS) – June 22, 1957

Alan Anton (Cowboy Junkies) – June 22, 1959

John Taylor (Duran Duran) – June 20, 1960

Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) – June 23, 1962

George Michael – June 25, 1963

Brandon Flowers (The Killers) – June 21, 1981