The week of September 26 through October 1 brought the release of one of the greatest rock albums of all times—the Beatles’ Abbey Road on September 26, 1969. Other memorable moments in rock history this week include the birth of Sting, born as Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, and tragic death of Metallica’s Cliff Burton. Read on for some significant events, historic record releases and notable births and deaths happening September 26 through October 2.

Events

1957 – Famed musical "West Side Story" opened at the Winter Garden Theatre.

1964 – The Beach Boys performed on “The Ed Sullivan Show” for the first time. They played “I Get Around.”

1965 – The Who appeared on U.S. television for the first time on the program “Shindig!”

1970 – Jimi Hendrix is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Seattle. He passed away on September 18, 1970.

1972 – David Bowie sold out Carnegie Hall in New York City. It was his first U.S. show to sell out.

1984 – Prince released his chart-topping song, “Purple Rain.”

1997 – Bob Dylan performs "Knocking on Heaven's Door" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" for Pope John Paul II and a crowd of 200,000 at a concert and mass in Bologna, Italy.

1998 – MTV Russia debuted.

Births

George Gershwin, September 26, 1898

Joe Bauer (The Youngbloods), September 26, 1941

Olivia Newton-John, September 26, 1948

Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Airplane), September 26, 1954

Randy Bachman (The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive), September 27, 1944

Meat Loaf, September 27, 1947

Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind), September 27, 1966

Ed Sullivan, September 28, 1902

Ben E. King, September 28, 1938

Nick St. Nicholas (Steppenwolf), September 28, 1943

George Lynch (Dokken), September 28, 1955

Jerry Lee Lewis, September 29, 1935

Mark Farner (Grand Funk), September 29, 1948

Les Claypool, September 29, 1963

Brad Smith (Blind Melon), September 29, 1968

Johnny Mathis, September 30, 1935

Dewey Martin (Buffalo Springfield), September 30, 1940

Marc Bolan (T. Rex), September 30, 1947

Robby Takac (The Goo Goo Dolls), September 30, 1964

Julie Andrews, October 1, 1935

Jerry Martini (Sly and the Family Stone), October 1, 1943

Donny Hathaway, October 1, 1945

Michael "Cub" Koda (Brownsville Station), October 1, 1948

Kevin Griffin (Better than Ezra), October 1, 1968

Don McLean, October 2, 1945

Mike Rutherford (Genesis), October 2, 1950

Sting (born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner), October 2, 1951

Freddie Jackson, October 2, 1958

Bud Gaugh (Sublime), October 2, 1967

Tiffany (born Tiffany Darwish), October 2, 1971

Deaths

Jimmy McCulloch (Paul McCartney’s Wings), September 27, 1979

Cliff Burton (Metallica), September 27, 1986

James Dean, September 30, 1955

Al Jackson Jr. (Booker T. & the MG’s), October 1, 1975

Bruce Palmer (Buffalo Springfield), October 1, 2004

Releases

The Beatles, Abbey Road, 1969

Beatles

John Lennon, Walls and Bridges, 1974

Rush, All the World’s A Stage, 1976

Styx, Crystal Ball, 1976

Accept, Restless and Wild, 1982

Prince, Diamonds and Pearls, 1991

Iron Maiden, The X Factor, 1995

Prince, The Gold Experience, 1995

Nirvana, From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah, 1996

Bob Dylan, Time Out of Mind, 1997

The Verve, Urban Hymns, 1997

Radiohead, Kid A, 2000

Radiohead

The Rolling Stones, Forty Licks, 2002

Rolling Stones

Shine On, Jet, 2006

Bad Religion, The Dissent of Man, 2010

Thom Yorke (of Radiohead), Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, 2014