This week in rock music history was marked by abundance of significant events. One of contemporary music’s greatest bands released their first single, an iconic punk group began work on their debut album, and a legendary British artist received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. A trove of classic albums was released as well, including landmark records by The Doors, Rush, and Van Halen. Read on for a look back at other noteworthy moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

Events

1958 – George Harrison joins the Liverpool band, The Quarrymen. Members already include John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

1961 – The Miracles’ “Shop Around” becomes the first Motown single to sell more than one million copies.

1963 – The Beatles’ first single, “Please Please Me,” is released in the U.S. on the Vee Jay label.

Beatles

1965 – The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” begins a two-week run at the Number One spot on the U.S. singles chart.

1966 – Crawdaddy!, the first magazine devoted specifically to rock music, is published for the first time.

1967 – On the British TV Show, “Top of the Pops,” The Monkees announce that henceforth they will play the instruments on their albums, rather than using session musicians.

1969 -- The Who record “Pinball Wizard” at Morgan Studios in London. The song is later released as a single and reaches Number 19 on the U.S. singles chart.

1969 – Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker announce the formation of Blind Faith. Rounding out the band are Steve Winwood and Ric Grech.

1970 – With their hit single, “Venus,” Shocking Blue becomes the first act from the Netherlands to top the U.S. charts.

1972 – Kicking off a low-key college tour, Wings play their first concert, staging the show at England’s Nottingham University.

1972 – David Bowie stages his first performance in his Ziggy Stardust guise, appearing at the Tolworth Toby Jug in London.

1973 – Steely Dan’s debut album, Can’t Buy a Thrill, enters the U.S. charts.

1974 – The Stooges perform their final concert of that decade. The opening act is an up and coming Boston band called Aerosmith.

1975 – Bob Dylan scores his second Number One album in the U.S. with Blood on the Tracks.

1977 – The Clash begin recording their debut album at CBS Studios in London.

1979 – Working at Los Angeles’s Record Plant studio, Stephen Stills becomes the first rock artist to record on digital equipment.

1981 – R.E.M. conduct their first-ever recording sessions, working at Bombay Studios in Smyrna, Georgia. Among the tracks they record is “Radio Free Europe.”

1982 – The J. Geils Band begin a six-week run atop the U.S. singles chart with their hit, “Centerfold.” On the same day, Freeze Frame, the album that spawned the single, starts a four-week run at Number One on the U.S. album chart.

2006 – David Bowie is presented the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

2014 – Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is named the greatest song of all-time by Great Britain’s New Musical Express. Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” places at Number Two.

Releases

1967 – The Byrds: Younger Than Yesterday

1967 – The Troggs: Trogglodynamite

1969 – The Beach Boys: 20/20

1970 – The Doors: Morrison Hotel

Doors

1971 – Carole King: Tapestry

1972 – The Allman Brothers Band: Eat a Peach

1977 – The Kinks: Sleepwalker

1977 – America: Harbor

1978 – Judas Priest: Stained Class

1978 -- Van Halen: Van Halen

1981 – Phil Collins: Face Value

1981 – Rush: Moving Pictures

RUSH

1984 – Van Halen: 1984

1989 -- Roy Orbison: Mystery Girl

1989 -- Elvis Costello: Spike

1990 -- The Cramps: Stay Sick!

1992 -- Public Image Ltd : That What Is Not

1992 -- Cowboy Junkies: Black Eyed Man

1992 -- Social Distortion: Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell

1993 -- Mick Jagger: Wandering Spirit

1993 -- Paul McCartney: Off the Ground

1995 -- Shania Twain: The Woman in Me

1995 -- Slash's Snakepit: It's Five O' Clock Somewhere

1997 – Blur: Blur

Deaths

Guitar Slim – Feb. 7, 1959

Dave Alexander (The Stooges) – Feb. 10, 1975

Hugh Montenegro – Feb. 6, 1981

Bill Haley – Feb. 9, 1981

Del Shannon – Feb. 8, 1990

Del Shannon

Brian Connolly (Sweet) – Feb. 9, 1997

Falco – Feb. 6, 1998

Carl Wilson (The Beach Boys) – Feb. 6, 1998

Oliver – Feb. 12, 2000

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Feb. 13, 2000

Dave Peverett (Foghat, Savoy Brown) – Feb. 7, 2000

Keith Knudson (The Doobie Brotehrs) – Feb. 8, 2005

Gary Moore – Feb. 6, 2011

Rick Huxley (The Dave Clark Five) – Deb. 11, 2013

Births

Josh White – Feb. 11, 1914

King Curtis – Feb. 7, 1934

Gene Vincent – Feb. 11, 1935

Gene Vincent

Roberta Flack – Feb. 10, 1939

Ray Manzarek (The Doors) – Feb. 12, 1939

Brian Bennett (The Shadows) – Feb. 8, 1940

Bobby “Boris” Pickett – Feb. 11, 1940

Tom Rush – Feb. 8, 1941

Carole King – Feb. 9, 1942

Fabian – Feb. 6, 1943

Jim Capaldi (Traffic) – Feb. 8, 1944

Bob Marley – Feb. 6, 1945

Bob Marley

Joe Ely – Feb. 9, 1947

Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night) – Feb. 7, 1948

Dan Seals (England Dan & John Ford Coley) – Feb. 8, 1948

Nigel Olsson – Feb. 10, 1949

Steve Hackett (Genesis) – Feb. 12, 1950

Michael McDonald – Feb. 12, 1952

Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy) – Feb. 12, 1956

Simon Phillips (Toto) – Feb. 6, 1957

Vince Neil (Motley Crue) – Feb. 8, 1961

Axl Rose – Feb. 6, 1962

David Bryan (Bon Jovi) – Feb. 7, 1962

Sheryl Crow – Feb. 11, 1962

Travis Tritt – Feb. 9, 1963