From the release of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti to the birth of George Harrison and Kurt Cobain, the end of February is filled with rock ‘n’ roll highlights. Read on for some major events, historic record releases and births and deaths taking place Feb. 20 through 26.

Events

1964 - Billy Joel joins his first rock band, a U.K. cover band called the Echoes.

1969 - The Beatles begin recording "I Want You (She's So Heavy)."

1973 - The Byrds play their last gig in Passaic, New Jersey.

1975 - "Johnny Cash Day" is made official for February 20 in Los Angeles.

1978 - Whitesnake perform their first live show.

1989 - Jethro Tull score the first Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance over Metallica, and metalheads everywhere scratch their heads.

1990 - Paul McCartney is honored at the 32nd annual Grammy Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

1992 – Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love of Hole are married in Hawaii.

1998 - Elton John is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

Births

John Geils (The J. Geils Band), February 20, 1946

Walter Becker (Steely Dan), February 20, 1950

Randy California (Spirit), February 20, 1951

Jon Brant (Cheap Trick), February 20, 1955

Ian Brown (The Stone Roses), February 20, 1963

Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), February 20, 1967

Nirvana

David Geffen, February 21, 1943

Vince Welnick (The Tubes, Grateful Dead), February 21, 1951

Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads), February 21, 1949

Mark McLaughlin (Mark Arm), February 21, 1962

James Blunt, February 22, 1974

Rusty Young (Poco, Buffalo Springfield), February 23, 1946

Steve Priest (Sweet), February 23, 1950

Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), February 23, 1952

Howard Jones, February 23, 1955

Michael Wilton (Queensryche), February 23, 1962

George Thorogood, February 24, 1950

Dennis Diken (The Smithereens), February 24, 1957

George Harrison, February 25, 1943

Mitch Ryder (born William S. Levise Jr.), February 26, 1945

Jonathan Cain (Journey), February 26, 1950

Michael Bolton, February 26, 1953

Deaths

Papa John Creach (Jefferson Airplane/Starship), February 21, 1994

Andy Warhol (former manager of The Velvet Underground and designer for The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers album cover), February 21, 1987

Howie Epstein (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), February 23, 2003

Melvin "Blue" Franklin (The Temptations), February 23, 1995

Johnnie Ray, February 24, 1990

Bukka White, February 26, 1977

Releases

Jimmy Page, She Just Satisfies, 1965

John Lennon, Instant Karma!, 1970

Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti, 1975

Led Zeppelin

The Eagles, Hotel California (single), 1977

The Sex Pistols, The Great Rock N' Roll Swindle, 1979

George Harrison, Self-titled album, 1979

Alabama, Mountain Music, 1982

Radiohead, Pablo Honey, 1993

Radiohead