November is traditionally packed with new record releases, and that becomes quite apparent when you look at what's happened during the second week of November throughout rock history. Tom Petty and Mötley Crüe both released their debut albums, Motörhead's classic Ace of Spades took the rock world by storm, and Led Zeppelin released the album that once and for all secured their place in rock history. Keep on reading for the full scoop!

Events

1961 - Future Beatles manager Brian Epstein saw the band on stage for the first time during a lunch performance at The Cavern in Liverpool.

1965 - Velvet Underground played their first gig together, at a high school in New Jersey.

1975 - David Bowie made his first TV appearance in the US when he performed "Fame" on the Cher show.

David Bowie

1991 - Guitarist Izzy Stradlin quit Guns N' Roses, shortly after the band's release of their Use Your Illusion albums.

1995 - The now classic album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins went to the top of the US charts. Along with Siamese Dream, the album represents the band's finest work.

2011 - Black Sabbath announced their reunion and a new album. The idea was for all four original members to participate, but after various dramas drummer Bill Ward would not be part of the recording sessions and the subsequent tour.

Releases

1965 - The Beach Boys: Beach Boys' Party!

 

1967 - The Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed

1969 - The Byrds: Ballad of Easy Rider

1970 - Badfinger: No Dice

1971 - Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin IV

Led Zeppelin

1971 - Genesis: Nursery Cryme

1972 - Lou Reed: Transformer

1973 - Santana: Welcome

1973 - Rory Gallagher: Tattoo

1974 - Queen: Sheer Heart Attack

1975 - Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Zuma

1976 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

1976 - Kiss: Rock and Roll Over

1978 - The Clash: Give 'Em Enough Rope

1978 - Queen: Jazz

 

1980 - Motörhead: Ace of Spades

Motorhead

1981 - Ozzy Osbourne: Diary of a Madman

1981 - Mötley Crüe: Too Fast for Love

1983 - Billy Idol: Rebel Yell

1985 - Aerosmith: Done with Mirrors

1988 - R.E.M. - Green

1989 - Eric Clapton: Journeyman

1990 - The Sisters of Mercy: Vision Thing

1991 - Genesis: We Can't Dance

1995 - Alice in Chains: Alice in Chains

 

1996 - Blind Melon: Nico

2000 - Yngwie Malmsteen: War to End All Wars

2001 - Paul McCartney: Driving Rain

2002 - 3 Doors Down: Away From The Sun

2002 - Pearl Jam: Riot Act

 

2003 - Kid Rock: Kid Rock

2003 - Dream Theater: Train of Thought

2007 - Queensryche: Take Cover

2009 - Bon Jovi: The Circle

2012 - Soundgarden: King Animal

Soundgarden

2014 - Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

Deaths

Berry Oakley (The Allman Brothers Band) - November 11, 1972

Ronnie Bond (The Troggs) - November 13, 1992

Herb Abramson (songwriter, producer, Atlantic Records) - November 9, 1999

Tommy Tedesco (session guitarist) - November 10, 1997

Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) - November 12, 2008

Allen Toussaint - November 10, 2015

Phil "Philty Animal" Taylor (Motörhead) - November 11, 2015

Births

Tom Fogerty - November 9, 1941

Joni Mitchell - November 7, 1943

Neil Young - November 12, 1945

Neil Young

Chris Dreja (The Yardbirds) - November 11, 1946

Pat Daugherty (Black Oak Arkansas) - November 11, 1947

Joe Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult) - November 9, 1948

Bonnie Raitt - November 8, 1949

Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden) - November 9, 1954

Tommy Thayer (Kiss) - November 7, 1960

David Ellefson (Megadeath) - November 12, 1964

Robin Finck (NIN, GN'R) - November 7, 1971

Jason White (Green Day) - November 11, 1973

Miranda Lambert - November 10, 1983

Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes) - November 13, 1979