This week in rock history brims with memorable events, both positive and negative, from the births of Trent Reznor and Krist Novoselic to the passing of Ronnie James Dio. Read on for some major events, historic record releases and births and deaths happening May 15 through May 21.

Events

1963 - The debut Monterey Folk Festival takes place, featuring Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary and Joan Baez.

1964 - The Animals start recording "House of the Rising Sun."

1975 - Fleetwood Mac performs for the first time with new members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks in El Paso, Texas.

1980 - Drummer Peter Criss exits Kiss but returns to the fold, with Ace Frehley, in 1996.

1991 - Paul McCartney issues Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) in the U.K., marking the first album released from an MTV Unplugged performance.

1993 - Depeche Mode kick off their Devotional tour in Lille, France.

2000 - The Artist Formerly Known As Prince publicly states he will start using his name again.

2010 - Inspiring vocalist Ronnie James Dio passes away from stomach cancer. He was 67 years old.


Releases

Bill Haley and His Comets, “Rock Around the Clock” (single), 1954

The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds, 1966

Bob Dylan, Blonde On Blonde, 1966

The Who, Live at Leeds, 1970

The Who

Paul and Linda McCartney, Ram, 1971

Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On, 1971

Uriah Heep, Demons and Wizards, 1972

Elton John, Honky Château, 1972

Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, 1973

The Kinks, Soap Opera, 1975

Elton John, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, 1975

Rainbow, Rising, 1976

David Bowie, Lodger, 1979

Run-DMC, Raising Hell, 1986

Foo Fighters, The Colour and The Shape, 1997

John Fogerty, Blue Moon Swamp, 1997

Pearl Jam, Binaural, 2000

Pearl Jam

Motörhead, We Are Motörhead, 2000

The Go-Go's, God Bless the Go-Go's, 2001

Weezer, Weezer (aka The Green Album), 2001

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Vicious Cycle, 2003

Lenny Kravitz, Baptism, 2004

Green Day, 21st Century Breakdown, 2009

Green Day

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Apocalyptic Love, 2012


Births

Brian Eno, May 15, 1948 

Dennis "Fergie" Frederiksen (Toto), May 15, 1951

Robert Fripp, May 16, 1946

Jonathan Richman, May 16, 1951

Krist Novoselic, May 16, 1965

Jesse Winchester, May 17, 1944

Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson), May 17, 1949

Steve Earle, May 17, 1955

Trent Reznor, May 17, 1965

Josh Homme, May 17, 1973

Rick Wakeman, May 18, 1949

Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), May 18, 1950

Pete Townshend, May 19, 1945

Dusty Hill (ZZ Top), May 19, 1949

Joey Ramone, May 19, 1951

Joe Cocker, May 20, 1944

Leo Sayer, May 21, 1948

Marc Ribot, May 21, 1954


Deaths

Bob Flanigan, May 15, 2011

Django Reinhardt, May 16, 1953

Sammy Davis, Jr, May 16, 1990

Ronnie James Dio, May 16, 2010

Johnny “Guitar” Watson, May 17, 1996

Donna Summer, May 17, 2012

Elvin Jones, May 18, 2004

Robin Gibb, May 20, 2012

Ray Manzarek, May 20, 2013

Trevor Bolder, May 21, 2013