It's the week of Thanksgiving, and there's plenty to be thankful for when it comes to memorable rock events. From the birth of Duane Allman to the release of U2's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, here are some major events, historic record releases and notable births and deaths happening from November 20 through November 26.


Events

1955 - RCA Records scoops up Elvis Presley's recording contract from Sun Records for $35,000. It's a move that proves invaluable.

1960 - It's discovered that George Harrison is underage, and the Beatles have to perform at Hamburg's Kaiserkeller Club without their 17-year-old band member.

1964 - The UK's first commercial radio station, called Radio Manx, starts broadcasting from the Isle of Man.

1964 - The Who perform their first concert under their new name, after going by The High Numbers, at London's Marquee Club.

1965 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience performs in public in the UK for the first time at the Bag O'Nails Club in London.

1968 - Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce perform their final concert as Cream at London's Royal Albert Hall.

1976 - The Band plays their final show at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

1984 - Michael Jackson scores a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame directly in front of Mann's famous Chinese Theatre, creating the largest-ever crowd for such an unveiling.

2008 - Roughly 14 years after Axl Rose started working on it, Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy is finally unleashed.

2013 - Loretta Lynn is honored at the White House with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Releases

1963 - The Beatles: With the Beatles

1965 - The Kinks: The Kink Controversy

1968 - The Beatles: The Beatles

1968 - The Kinks: The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society

1972 - Elton John: Crocodile Rock (U.S. release)

1974 - Johnny Winter: John Dawson Winter III

1977 - Eric Clapton: Slowhand

1981 - AC/DC: For Those About to Rock We Salute You

1986 - Eric Clapton: August

1989 - Rush: Presto

RUSH

1990 - Bad Religion: Against the Grain

1993 - Guns N' Roses: "The Spaghetti Incident?"

1995 - Bruce Springsteen: The Ghost of Tom Joad

1998 - Metallica: Garage, Inc.

Metallica

2002 - Sum 41: Does This Look Infected?

2004 - U2: How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

U2

2005 - System of a Down: Hypnotize

System-of-a-Down

2008 - Guns N' Roses: Chinese Democracy


Births

Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock)- November 26, 1939

Dr. John (Malcolm John Rebennack) - November 21, 1940

John McVie (Fleetwood Mac) - November 26, 1945

Duane Allman - November 20, 1946

Joe Walsh - November 20, 1947

Steven Van Zandt (E Street Band) - November 22, 1950

Jim Brown (UB40) - November 20, 1957

John Squire (The Stone Roses) - November 24, 1962

Tony Rombola (Godsmack) - November 24, 1964

Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) - November 25, 1964

Michael Diamond (Mike D of Beastie Boys) - November 20, 1965

Alex James (Blur) - November 21, 1968

Chad Taylor (Live) - November 24, 1970

Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) - November 22, 1978


Deaths

John Rostill (The Shadows) - November 26, 1973

Big Joe Turner - November 23, 1985

Peter Grant (Led Zeppelin manager) - November 21, 1995

Michael Hutchence (INXS) - November 22, 1997

Eric Carr (Kiss) - November 24, 1991

Freddie Mercury - November 24, 1991

Albert Collins - November 24, 1993

Chris Whitley - November 20, 2005

Bob Relf - November 20, 2007

Little Smokey Smothers - November 20, 2010