Historically speaking, this week in rock music has been marked by an abundance of memorable events. One beloved classic-rock band split up, another played their final U.S. show, and a certain former Beatle kicked off his first post-Fab Four tour. A spate of classic albums was released as well, including landmark records by T. Rex, Talking Heads, and Guns N’ Roses. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

Events

1953 – Elvis Presley drops into Memphis Recording Service—later renamed Sun Studios—and pays $3.98 to make his first-ever recordings. He records two songs: “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin,” as a gift for his mother.

1963 – The first U.S. Beatles album, titled Introducing the Beatles, is pressed up by Vee-Jay Records. The album receives its official release in January of 1964.

Beatles

1964 – The Rolling Stones appear on the American charts for the first time, when the band’s cover version of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” reaches #48 on the Hot 100.

1968 – Cream’s Wheels of Fire hits #1 on the U.S. album chart.

1968 – The Iveys, later to be rechristened Badfinger, sign with Apple Records.

1974 – Joey Ramone becomes the lead singer for the Ramones.

1975 – Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Listen to What the Man Said” reaches #1 on the U.S. singles chart.

1975 – Bob Marley and the Wailers’ performance at the Lyceum Theatre in London is recorded using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. Later that year, the performance is released as an official album—titled simply Live!

Bob Marley

1976 – Classic rock icons Deep Purple split up at the end of a U.K tour. Eight years will pass before the band gets back together.

1977 – The original Led Zeppelin play their last-ever show in America.

1977 – The Sex Pistols make their first-ever appearance on the U.K. TV show Top of the Pops, lip-synching their most recent single, “Pretty Vacant.”

1978 – Def Leppard make their live debut, performing before an audience of 150 at a school in Sheffield, England.

1989 – Ringo Starr kicks off his first tour since The Beatles ceased touring in 1966. He and the first incarnation of his All-Starr Band perform in Dallas, Texas.

Releases

1964 – The Beatles: Something New

1965 – The Lovin’ Spoonful: Do You Believe in Magic?

1966 – John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers: Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton

Bluesbreakers

1968 – The Byrds: Sweetheart of the Rodeo

1968 – The Doors: Soft Parade

1972 – T. Rex: The Slider

1972 – Jefferson Airplane: Long John Silver

1973 – Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu John McLaughlin: Love Devotion Surrender

1973 – Mott the Hoople: Mott

1973 – Jethro Tull: A Passion Play

1973 – Al Green: Call Me

1977 – Elvis Costello: My Aim is True

1978 – Talking Heads: More Songs about Buildings and Food

1980 – Joy Division: Closer

1981 – ZZ Top: El Loco

1981 – The Go-Go’s: Beauty and the Beat

1986 – Neil Young: Landing on Water

1987 – Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction

1992 – Sonic Youth: Dirty

1994 – Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge

1996 – The Black Crowes: Three Snakes and One Charm

2003 – Cheap Trick: Special One

Deaths

Bobby Fuller – July 18, 1966

Nico – July 18, 1988

Nico

Gus Dudgeon – July 21, 2002

Long John Baldry – July 21, 2005

Amy Winehouse – July 23, 2011

Dan Peek (America) – July 24, 2011

Births

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – July 18, 1929

Ian Stewart (Rolling Stones) – July 18, 1938

Lonnie Mack – July 18, 1941

Lonnie Mack

John Lodge (Moody Blues) – July 20, 1943

Henry McCullough – July 21, 1943

Tony Joe White – July 23, 1943

Andy Mackay (Roxy Music) – July 23, 1946

Bernie Leadon (Eagles) – July 19, 1947

Brian May – July 19, 1947

Carlos Santana – July 20, 1947

Don Henley – July 22, 1947

Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd) – July 19, 1952

Howie Epstein (Tom Petty & Heartbreakers) – July 21, 1955

Paul Cook (Sex Pistols) – July 20, 1956

Keith Levene (The Clash, PIL) – July 18, 1957

Chris Cornell – July 20, 1964

Slash – July 23, 1965