A trove of memorable events occurred during this week in rock history. One of rock and roll’s most influential bands signed their first recording contract, a Rolling Stones classic topped the singles charts, and members of The Monkees reunited for the first time in nearly two decades. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

Events

1962 – The Rolling Stones make their live debut, performing at London’s legendary Marquee Club.

Rolling Stones

1962 – The Beach Boys sign their first recording contract, inking a deal with Capitol Records.

1964 – The Beatles film, A Hard Day’s Night, premiers in Liverpool. More than 200,000 fans turn out to celebrate.

1965 – The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” begins a four-week run at Number One on the U.S. singles charts. The song goes on to become the biggest hit of the year.

1967 –  The Who begin their first large-scale U.S. tour, performing as opening act for Herman’s Hermits.

1967 – Arlo Guthrie takes the stage of the Newport Folk Festival and delivers the debut performance of “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.”

1968 – Eric Clapton announces the breakup of Cream, while the band is in the midst of its final tour.

1969 – Funeral services are held for Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones.

1969 – David Bowie’s single, “Space Oddity,” is rush-released to coincide with the first moon landing, which takes place nine days later.

1969 – Blind Faith perform their first show in the U.S., a sellout at Madison Square Garden.

1970 – The soundtrack album for the film, Woodstock, tops the charts.

1972 – Smokey Robinson performs his final show as a member of The Miracles.

1974 – David Bowie plays the first of five shows that will be used in the making of his David Live album. All the shows were staged at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia.

1978 – The Rolling Stones’ Some Girls album tops the U.S. charts.

1980 – Bob Marley and the Wailers begin what will ultimately be Marley’s final U.K. tour.

1985 – The Live Aid benefit concerts are staged in Philadelphia and London. The array of performers include Paul McCartney, David Bowie, The Who, Elton John, and Queen, among many others.

1989 – The Monkees are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. All four members of the band reunite for the ceremony.

1996 – A Guinness World Record for the largest-ever jam session is set when more than 2,000 guitarists perform a cover of “Heartbreak Hotel” for 75 minutes. Chet Atkins and Skunk Baxter are among the participants

2007 – Rod Stewart is awarded the CBE Order of the British Empire in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

2014 – Johnny Winter plays his last show, staging a performance at the Lovely Days Festival in Wiesen, Austria.

2016 – Joe Perry suffers a cardiac event onstage during a performance with members of The Hollywood Vampires. Perry is rushed to the hospital -- fortunately he makes a full recovery.


Releases

1970 – Supertramp:  Supertramp

1971 – Funkadelic:  Maggot Brain

1972 – Chicago: Chicago V

1972 – Harry Nilsson: Son of Schmilsson

Harry Nilsson

1973 – Queen: Queen

1973 – Bob Dylan:  Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (soundtrack)

1973 – Grand Funk Railroad: We’re an American Band

1974 – Neil Young:  On the Beach

1975 – Fleetwood Mac:  Fleetwood Mac

1979 – The Kinks: Low Budget

1981 – Def Leppard: High ‘n’ Dry

1983 – Robert Plant: The Principle of Moments

1983 – Big Country: The Crossing

Big Country

1986 – Bob Dylan: Knocked Out Loaded

1988 – UB40: UB40

1988 – Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson

1990 – Iggy Pop: Brick by Brick

1990 – Poison: Flesh and Blood

1992 – Frank Zappa: You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 5

1993 – Matthew Sweet: Altered Beast

1994 – The Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge

1994 – Alice Cooper: The Last Temptation

Alice Cooper

1997 – Sarah McLachlan: Surfacing

2000 – Motley Crue: New Tattoo

2001 -- Blackmore's Night: Fires at Midnight           

2002 – Robert Plant: Dreamland

2002 – The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

2005 – Tony Iommi: Fused

2009 – The Dead Weather: Horehound


Deaths

Clarence White (The Byrds) – July 14, 1973

Minnie Riperton – July 12, 1979

Harry Chapin – July 16, 1981

Chris Wood (Traffic) – July 12, 1983

Arthur Kane (New York Dolls) – July 13, 2004

Rob Grill (The Grass Roots) – July 11, 2011

Jerry Ragovoy – July 13, 2011

Jon Lord (Deep Purple) – July 16, 2012

Tommy Ramone – July 11, 2014

Johnny Winter – July 16, 2014


Births

Woody Guthrie – July 14, 1912

Lowman “Pete” Pauling (The 5 Royales) – July 14, 1926

Mavis Staples – July 10, 1939

Mavis Staples

Desmond Dekker – July 16, 1941

Ronnie James Dio – July 10, 1942

Roger McGuinn – July 13, 1942

Stephen Bladd (J. Geils Band) – July 13, 1942

Jerry Miller (Moby Grape) – July 10, 1943

Christine McVie – July 12, 1943

Linda Ronstadt – July 15, 1946

Arlo Guthrie – July 10, 1947

Roky Erickson – July 15, 1947

Peter Banks (Yes, Flash) – July 15, 1947

Peter Banks

Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) – July 15, 1948

Dave Smalley (The Raspberries) – July 10, 1949

Greg Kihn – July 10, 1949

Eric Carr (Kiss) – July 12, 1950

Philip Taylor Kramer (Iron Butterfly) – July 12, 1952

Bob Casale (Devo) – July 14, 1952

Johnny Thunders – July 15, 1952

Stewart Copeland – July 16, 1952

Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys) – July 10, 1954

Ian Curtis (Joy Division) – July 15, 1956

Marky Ramone – July 15, 1956

Joe Satriani – July 15, 1956

Peter Murphy (Bauhaus) – July 11, 1957

Peter Murphy

Sandy West (The Runaways) – July 10, 1959

Richie Sambora – July 11, 1959

Suzanne Vega – July 11, 1959

Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum) – July 12, 1962

Tonya Donelly (Belly) – July 14, 1966

Jason Bonham – July 15, 1966

John Petrucci (Dream Theater) – July 12, 1967