This week in rock music history was marked by abundance of significant events. One of rock and roll’s greatest bands kicked off their first headlining tour, a legendary American glam band signed their first contract, and Gibson launched one of its most innovative instruments. A trove of classic albums was released as well, including landmark records by The Doors, The Stooges and Peter Frampton. Read on for a look back at other noteworthy moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

Events

1926 – The first edition of the long-running British music magazine Melody Maker is published.

1950 – Sam Phillips opens the Memphis Recording Service, later to be renamed Sun Studio.

1955 – Bill Haley and His Comets’ “Rock Around the Clock” enters the UK chart for the first time.

1957 – Elvis Presley makes his third and final appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

1958 – Gibson launches the legendary “Flying V” electric guitar. Such renowned players as Albert King, Dave Davies and Lonnie Mack come to be associated with the instrument.

Flying V

1964 – The Rolling Stones begin their first headlining UK tour, with the Ronettes on the bill as opening act.

1966 – The last episode of the pioneering music variety show “Shindig!” airs on ABC. The Who and The Kinks are featured performers.

1969 – The Beatles begin rehearsals for what will eventually become their Let It Be album.

Beatles

1970 – B. J. Thomas’s recording of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David song “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” hits #1.

1971 – George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass triple-album begins a seven-week run atop the U.S. album chart.

1973 – The Allman Brothers Band officially announce Lamar Williams as the replacement for late bassist Berry Oakley.

1974 – Kiss sign their first recording contract, with Casablanca Records.

KISS

1975 – Elton John’s cover of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” begins a two-week run in the #1 spot on the U.S. singles charts.

1979 – The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack LP achieves worldwide sales of 25 million, making it the best-selling album in history up to that point.

1979 – Prince makes his first major live performance debut, at the Capri Theatre in Minneapolis.

1979 – The Canadian government names Rush the country’s official “Ambassadors of Music.”

1981 – David Bowie wraps up his run on Broadway in the lead role of the critically acclaimed play, “The Elephant Man.”

1987 – Aretha Franklin becomes the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1988 – Sonny Bono loses his life in a tragic skiing accident at a resort near Lake Tahoe.

1991 – Nirvana signs with Geffen Records. The band’s breakthrough album, Nevermind, is released eight months later.

Nirvana

1994 – Oasis begin recording their debut album, Definitely Maybe.

2009 – Robert Plant is voted the Greatest Voice in Rock in a poll conducted by UK radio station Planet Rock.

Releases

1967 – The Doors: The Doors

1969 – Creedence Clearwater Revival: Bayou Country

1972 – The Rolling Stones, Nicky Hopkins, Ry Cooder: Jamming with Edward!

1973 – Thin Lizzy: Vagabonds of the Western World

1973 – The Stooges: Raw Power

Stooges

1973 – Aerosmith: Aerosmith

1973 – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.

1973 – The Beach Boys: Holland

1974 – Joni Mitchell: Court and Spark

1976 – Journey: Look into the Future

1976 – Bob Dylan: Desire

Bob Dylan

1976 – Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive!

1979 – Elvis Costello & the Attraction: Armed Forces

1979 – Joe Jackson: Look Sharp!

1983 -- Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

1984 – Judas Priest: Defenders of the Faith

1988 – L.A. Guns: L.A. Guns

1993 – Neil Young: Lucky Thirteen

2006 – The Strokes: First Impressions of Earth

2016 – David Bowie: Blackstar

Deaths

Cyril Davies – Jan. 7, 1964

Tex Ritter – Jan. 2, 1974

Charlie Mingus – Jan. 5, 1979

David Lynch (The Platters) – Jan. 2, 1981

Phil Lynott – Jan. 4, 1986

Steve Clark (Def Leppard) – Jan. 8, 1991

Dizzy Gillespie – Jan. 6, 1993

Randy California (Spirit) – Jan. 2, 1997

Sonny Bono – Jan. 5, 1998

Ken Forssi (Love) – Jan. 5, 1998

Ron Asheton – Jan. 6, 2009

Willie Mitchell (producer) – Jan. 5, 2010

Gerry Rafferty – Jan. 4, 2011

Phil Everly – Jan. 3, 2014

Births

Sam Phillips (producer) – Jan. 5, 1923

Earl Scruggs – Jan. 6, 1924

George Martin – Jan. 3, 1926

Elvis Presley – Jan. 8, 1935

Roger Miller – Jan. 2, 1936

Paul Revere – Jan. 7, 1937

Rory Storm – Jan. 7, 1938

Van Dyke Parks – Jan. 3, 1943

John McLaughlin – Jan. 4, 1943

Volker Hemback (Tangerine Dream) – Jan. 4, 1944

Stephen Stills – Jan. 3, 1945

Dave Cousins (The Strawbs) – Jan. 7, 1945

Chick Churchill (Ten Years After) – Jan. 2, 1946

John Paul Jones – Jan. 3, 1946

Syd Barrett – Jan. 6, 1946

Syd

Robby Krieger – Jan. 8, 1946

Sandy Denny – Jan. 6, 1947

David Bowie – Jan. 8, 1947

Kenny Loggins – Jan. 7, 1948

Chris Stein (Blondie) – Jan. 5, 1950

Malcolm Young – Jan. 6, 1953

Brian Ray (Paul McCartney guitarist) – Jan. 4, 1955

Bernard Sumner – Jan. 4, 1956

Ricky Van Shelton – Jan. 2, 1957

Kathy Valentine (Go-Go’s) – Jan. 7, 1959

Michael Stipe – Jan. 4, 1960

Grant Young (Soul Asylum) – Jan. 5, 1963

Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) – Jan. 5, 1966

Marilyn Manson – Jan. 5, 1969

Doug Robb (Hoobastank) – Jan. 2, 1975