It’s a big week in rock history. From the birth of Aerosmith main man Steven Tyler to the release of classic albums from AC/DC and Iron Maiden, the week of March 20 through 26 is one to celebrate. Keep reading for some major events, historic record releases and births and deaths taking place March 20 through 26.

Events

1945 – Billboard published the first LP Chart was officially published in the U.S.

1961 – The Beatles played their first evening concert at The Cavern Club in Liverpool.

1969 – John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar.

1975 – Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti reached No. 1 on the U.S. album chart and enjoyed a six-week run. It was their fourth No. 1 album in the U.S.

Led Zeppelin

1978 – The Police inked with A&M Records.

1981 – REO Speedwagon reached No.1 on the U.S. singles chart with Keep on Loving You.

1984 – Strawberry Fields opened in Central Park. Yoko Ono bought it in memory of her late husband, John Lennon.

1986 – Guns N' Roses inked their major-label record deal with Geffen Records.

Guns N Roses

1991 – R.E.M. snagged their first U.K. No.1 album with Out of Time.

 

Births

Jimmie Vaughan, March 20, 1949

Chester Bennington, March 20, 1976

Solomon Burke, March 21, 1940

Deryck Whibley, March 21, 1980

Randy Hobbs, March 22, 1948

Damon Albarn, March 23, 1968

Jimmy Miller, March 23, 1942

Chad Butler, March 24, 1974

Elton John, March 25, 1947

Jeff Healey, March 25, 1966

Rufus Thomas, March 26, 1917

Steven Tyler, March 26, 1948

James Iha, March 26, 1968

Kenny Chesney, March 26, 1968

 

Deaths

Dan Hartman, March 22, 1994

Rod Price, March 22, 2005

Neil Aspinall, March 23, 2008

Buck Owens Jr., March 25, 2006

Duster Bennett, March 26, 1976

Randy Castillo, March 26, 2002

J. Pero, March 20, 2015

 

Releases

1963, The Beatles: Please Please Me

1963, The Beach Boys: Surfin' U.S.A.

1965, Bob Dylan: Bringing it All Back Home

1970, Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsys

1972, Deep Purple: Machine Head

1974, Eagles: On the Border

1975, Lynyrd Skynyrd: Nuthin' Fancy

1976, Wings: Wings at the Speed of Sound

1976, Thin Lizzy: Jailbreak

1977, AC/DC: Let There Be Rock

1979, Van Halen: Van Halen II

Van Halen

1980, Van Halen: Women and Children First

1982, Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast

1983, ZZ Top: Eliminator

1985, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Southern Accents

1986, Van Halen: 5150

1990, Gary Moore: Still Got the Blues

1991, Mr. Big: Lean Into It

1994, Pantera: Far Beyond Driven

1995, Monster Magnet: Dopes to Infinity

1996, Stone Temple Pilots: Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop

2003, Linkin Park: Meteora

2008, The Raconteurs: Consolers of the Lonely

2014, Wolfmother: New Crown