Historically speaking, the third week in January has been marked by a trove of memorable rock events. The Eagles gained a new band member, a great southern band reunited following a tragic loss, and a British icon achieved his first Number One album in America. A spate of classic LPs was released as well, including landmark records by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Def Leppard. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

Events

1957 – Little Richard records “Lucille.”

1957 – The Cavern Club opens in Liverpool, England.

1957 – Johnny Cash makes his first appearance on nationwide TV, on an episode of “The Jackie Gleason Show.”

1961 – The Supremes sign with Motown Records. Diana Ross is just 16 at the time.

1964 – The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” enters the U.S. singles chart at Number 45.

Beatles

1964 – The Rolling Stones release their first EP. The four-song release reaches Number 15 on the U.K. chart.

Rolling Stones

1965 – The Who release their first single, “I Can’t Explain,” in the U.K.

1965 – The Rolling Stones and The Kinks make their debut on the pioneering music variety show, “Shindig!” Other guests include the Dave Clark Five and Gerry and the Pacemakers.

1972 – Don McLean’s “American Pie” tops the U.S. singles chart. It will remain in the Number One spot for the next four weeks.

1972 – Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” makes its chart debut in the U.S.

1973 – Jerry Lee Lewis performs at the Grand Ole Opry for the first time.

1974 – Former Free members Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke team with ex-Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and former King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell to form the super-group, Bad Company.

Bad Company

1975 – Paul McCartney and Wings arrive in New Orleans to begin work on the Venus and Mars album.

1976 – Joe Walsh replaces Bernie Leadon in the Eagles.

1977 – Leo Sayer’s “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” hits Number One.

1979 – Lynyrd Skynyrd reunite to perform for the first time since the horrific 1977 plane crash that took the lives of three band members.

1980 – Iconic southern rock label Capricorn Records files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

1980 – Pink Floyd’s The Wall begins a 15-week run atop the U.S. album chart.

1981 – Motley Crue forms when bassist Nikki Sixx begins rehearsing with drummer Tommy Lee and singer-guitarist Greg Leon. Leon soon departs, with guitarist Mick Mars stepping in as replacement. Singer Vince Neil joins the band in April.

1982 – B.B. King donates his 20,000-record album collection to the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Among the albums are 7,000 discs King played during his years as a Memphis disc jockey in the ‘50s.

1983 – Men At Work’s “Down Under” begins four-week run atop the U.S. singles chart.

1988 – Tina Turner performs for a crowd of 182,000 at a concert in Rio de Janeiro. At the time, the show marks the biggest-ever attendance turnout for a concert staged by a solo artist.

1989 – At age 38, Stevie Wonder becomes the youngest living person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1992 – Eric Clapton records an “Unplugged” session for MTV. The album culled from the session goes on to win six Grammy Awards.

2016 – David Bowie’s Blackstar album tops the U.S. album chart. Released two days before Bowie’s death, the album is the first LP by Bowie to achieve this distinction.

 

Releases

1964 – The Beatles: Meet the Beatles!

1964 –The Hollies: Stay with The Hollies

1965 – The Guess Who: Shakin’ All Over

1966 – Simon & Garfunkel: Sounds of Silence

1967 – The Rolling Stones: Between the Buttons

1968 – The Byrds: The Notorious Byrd Brothers

1968 – Canned Heat: Boogie with Canned Heat

1969 – Iron Butterfly: Ball

1970 – MC5: Back in the USA

1971 – ZZ Top: ZZ Top’s First Album

1971 – Mountain: Nantucket Sleighride

1971 – Little Feat: Little Feat

1971 – Uriah Heep: Salisbury

1972 -- Blue Öyster Cult: Blue Öyster Cult

1973 – Elton John: Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player

1974 – Bob Dylan: Planet Waves

1974 – Gram Parsons: Grievous Angel

1974 – Brian Eno: Here Come the Warm Jets

Brian Eno

1974 – Gordon Lightfoot: Sundown

1975 – Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks

1976 – Lou Reed: Coney Island Baby

1978 – Gerry Rafferty: City to City

1979 – Frank Zappa: Sleep Dirt

1980 – Wishbone Ash: Just Testing

1980 – The Pretenders: Pretenders

1983 – Def Leppard: Pyromania

Def Leppard

1983 – Bryan Adams: Cuts Like a Knife

1984 – Bon Jovi: Bon Jovi

1985 – John Fogerty: Centerfield

1987 -- Hüsker Dü: Warehouse: Songs and Stories

1988 – Megadeth: So Far, So Good... So What!

1990 – Joan Jett: The Hit List

1991 – Todd Rundgren: 2nd Wind

1991 -- Motörhead: 1916

1992 – Green Day: Kerplunk

1994 – ZZ Top: Antenna

1998 – Air: Moon Safari

 

Deaths

Alan Freed – Jan. 20, 1965

Lamar Williams (The Allman Brothers Band) – Jan. 21, 1983

Jackie Wilson – Jan. 21, 1984

Harry Nilsson – Jan. 15, 1994

Nilsson Schmilsson

Junior Wells – Jan. 15, 1998

Carl Perkins – Jan. 19, 1998

Bob McBride (Lighthouse) – Jan. 20, 1998

Peggy Lee – Jan. 21, 2002

Wilson Pickett – Jan. 19, 2006

Denny Doherty (The Mamas & The Papas) – Jan. 19, 2007

John Stewart – Jan. 19, 2008

Don Kirshner – Jan. 16, 2011

Johnny Otis – Jan. 16, 2012

Etta James – Jan. 20, 2012

Steve Knight (Mountain) – Jan. 19, 2013

Dale Griffin (Mott the Hoople) – Jan. 17, 2016

Glenn Frey – Jan. 18, 2016

 

Births

Leadbelly – Jan. 20, 1889

Earl Hooker – Jan. 15, 1930

Bob Bogle (The Ventures) – Jan. 16, 1937

Wolfman Jack – Jan. 21, 1938

Phil Everly – Jan. 19, 1939

Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart) – Jan. 15, 1941

Bobby Goldsboro – Jan. 18, 1941

David Ruffin (The Temptations) – Jan. 18, 1941

Richie Havens – Jan. 21, 1941

Mac Davis – Jan. 21, 1942

Edwin Starr – Jan. 21, 1942

Janis Joplin – Jan. 19, 1943

Eric Stewart (10cc) – Jan. 20, 1945

Bobby Bloom – Jan. 15, 1946

Ronnie Milsap – Jan. 16, 1946

Dolly Parton – Jan. 19, 1946

Rod Evans (Deep Purple) – Jan. 19, 1947

Ronnie Van Zant – Jan. 15, 1948

Mick Taylor – Jan. 17, 1949

Robert Palmer – Jan. 19, 1949

Dewey Bunnell (America) – Jan. 19, 1952

Paul Stanley – Jan. 20, 1952

Steve Earle – Jan. 17, 1955

Paul Young – Jan. 17, 1956

Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins) – Jan. 18, 1956

Susanna Hoffs – Jan. 17, 1959

Brendan O’Hare (Teenage Fanclub) – Jan. 16, 1970

Crispian Mills (Kula Shaker) – Jan. 18, 1973

Luther Dickinson – Jan. 18, 1973

Nick Valensi (The Strokes) – Jan. 16, 1981