This week we celebrate the birth of two music icons - Buddy Holly and Freddie Mercury. It was also during this week in 1970 that Jimi Hendrix played his last show. In 1991 Nirvana released "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and completely turned the rock scene upside down. Read on for more exciting events from the rock history vault!

Events

1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. The King played "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me Tender" and "Ready Teddy."

1968 - The members of Led Zeppelin played their first show as a band, although at this time they went under the name The New Yardbirds. The gig took place at a club in a suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Led Zeppelin

1970 - Jimi Hendrix played his last concert. It took place at the Open Air Love & Peace Festival in Fehmarn, Germany on September 6, twelve days before his death on September 18 in London.

1976 - Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington hit an oak tree with his Ford Torino, suffering severe injuries. The accident went on to inspire the lyrics to the Skynyrd classic "That Smell."

1997 - As a marketing tool to promote the reissue of Led Zeppelin's back catalogue, "Whole Lotta Love" was released as a single - their first ever in the UK.

1998 - Aerosmith had their first (and so far only) US number one hit single with "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." The song, which was written by Diane Warren, was the lead song on the soundtrack to the film Armageddon.

Releases

1964 - Manfred Mann: The Five Faces of Manfred Mann

1971 - Poco: From the Inside

1971 - John Lennon: Imagine

John Lennon

1973 - Frank Zappa: Over-Nite Sensation

1973 - Bruce Springsteen: The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle

1974 - Judas Priest: Rocka Rolla

1975 - Kiss: Alive! (live album)

1976 - Electric Light Orchestra: A New World Record

1979 - Siouxsie and the Banshees: Join Hands

1982 - Rush: Signals

1984 - Queensryche: The Warning

1987 - Pink Floyd: A Momentary Lapse of Reason

1989 - Soundgarden: Louder Than Love

1990 - Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Ragged Glory

1990 - Warrant: Cherry Pie

1991 - Nirvana: "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (single)

1992 - Ugly Kid Joe: America's Least Wanted

1995 - Blur: The Great Escape

1996 - R.E.M.: New Adventures in Hi-Fi

1998 - Hole: Celebrity Skin

2000 - Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker

2001 - P.O.D.: Satellite

2003 - John Mayer: Heavier Things

2004 - The Black Keys: Rubber Factory

2005 - The Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang

2006 - Audioslave: Revelations

2010 - Stone Sour: Audio Secrecy

2012 - Chris Robinson Brotherhood: The Magic Door

2014 - U2: Songs of Innocence

2015 - Hollywood Vampires: Hollywood Vampires

Deaths

Keith Moon - September 7, 1978

Keith Moon

Peter Tosh (The Wailers) - September 11, 1987

Tom Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival) - September 6, 1990

Nicky Hopkins (session musician) - September 6, 1994

Warren Zevon - September 7, 2003

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - September 10, 2005

Clarence Gatemouth Brown

Robert Young (Primal Scream) - September 9, 2014

Births

Jimmy Reed - September 6, 1925

Patsy Cline - September 8, 1932

Buddy Holly - September 7, 1936

Buddy Holly

Otis Redding - September 9, 1941

Danny Hutton (Three Dog Night) - September 10, 1942

Roger Waters - September 6, 1943

Mickey Hart (The Grateful Dead) - September 11, 1943

Ron McKernan (The Grateful Dead) - September 8, 1945

Buddy Miles - September 5, 1946

Freddie Mercury - September 5, 1946

Freddie Mercury

Benjamin Orr (The Cars) - September 8, 1947

Joe Perry - September 10, 1950

Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) - September 7, 1951

Dave Stewart - September 9, 1952

Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) - September 7, 1954

LeRoi Moore (Dave Matthews Band) - September 7, 1961

Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) - September 5, 1968

Delores O'Riordan (The Cranberries) - September 6, 1971

Richard Ashcroft (The Verve) - September 11, 1971

Jonny Buckland (Coldplay) - September 11, 1977

Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance) - September 10, 1980

Matthew Followill (Kings of Leon) - September 10, 1984