Historically speaking, this week in rock music has been marked by an abundance of memorable events. Elvis Presley made his first-ever studio recordings, Santana celebrated a milestone, and a former Beatle kicked off his debut solo tour. A spate of classic albums was released as well, including landmark records by Rod Stewart, Talking Heads, and Guns N’ Roses. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

Events

1953 – Elvis Presley drops into Memphis Recording Service—later renamed Sun Studios—and pays $3.98 to make his first-ever recordings. He records two songs: “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin,” as a gift for his mother.

1954 – The Newport Jazz Festival makes its debut at the Newport Casino in Rhode Island.

1955 – Chuck Berry’s debut single, “Maybellene,” is released on Chess Records.

1963 – The first U.S. Beatles album, titled Introducing the Beatles, is pressed up by Vee-Jay Records. The album receives its official release in January of 1964.

1968 – Cream’s Wheels of Fire hits #1 on the U.S. album chart.

1968 – The Beatles’ animated film, Yellow Submarine, makes its premiere in London. In the film, the band members are voiced by professional actors.

1974 – Joey Ramone becomes the lead singer for the Ramones.

1975 – Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Listen to What the Man Said” reaches #1 on the U.S. singles chart.

1975 – Bob Marley and the Wailers’ performance at the Lyceum Theatre in London is recorded using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. Later that year, the performance is released as an official album—titled simply Live!

1976 – Classic rock icons Deep Purple split up at the end of a U.K tour. Eight years will pass before the band gets back together.

1978 – Def Leppard make their live debut, performing before an audience of 150 at a school in Sheffield, England.

1981 – “Roy Orbison Day” is declared in Odessa, Texas.

1986 – Santana mark their 20th anniversary with a comprehensive reunion, with all current and former members coming together to stage a concert in San Francisco.

1987 – Keith Richards signs a contract with Virgin Records as a solo artist.

1989 – Ringo Starr kicks off his first tour since The Beatles ceased touring in 1966. He and the first incarnation of his All-Starr Band perform in Dallas, Texas.

1991 – The Lollapalooza Music Festival is staged for the first time. Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, and Living Color are among the many participating bands who perform in select locations in North America.

2012 – Surviving Who members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey announce they’re reviving the band’s 1973 rock opera, Quadrophenia, for a tour.


Releases

1964 – The Beatles: Something New

1965 – The Lovin’ Spoonful: Do You Believe in Magic?

1966 – John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers: Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton

1969 – The Doors: The Soft Parade

The Doors

1971 – Black Sabbath: Master of Reality

1971 – The Moody Blues: Every Good Boy Deserves a Favour

1971 – Deep Purple: Fireball

1972 – Rod Stewart: Never a Dull Moment

1972 – T. Rex: The Slider

1972 – Jefferson Airplane: Long John Silver

1973 – Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin: Love Devotion Surrender

1973 – Mott the Hoople: Mott

1977 – Elvis Costello: My Aim is True

1978 – Talking Heads: More Songs about Buildings and Food

1980 – Joy Division: Closer

1981 – ZZ Top: El Loco

1984 – Stryper: The Yellow and Black Attack

1987 – Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction

1990 – Mother Love Bone: Apple

1991 – Squeeze: Play

1992 – Sonic Youth: Dirty

Sonic Youth

1995 – Megadeth: Hidden Treasures

1995 – Elliott Smith: Elliott Smith

1996 – The Black Crowes: Three Snakes and One Charm

1996 – Fiona Apple: Tidal

1999 – Robyn Hitchcock: Jewels for Sophia

2003 – Prince: N.E.W.S.

2003 – Cheap Trick: Special One

2006 – Black Stone Cherry: Black Stone Cherry


Deaths

Danny Cedrone (Bill Haley & His Comets) – July 17, 1954

Billie Holiday – July 17, 1959

Bobby Fuller – July 18, 1966

John Coltrane – July 17, 1967

Lefty Frizzell – July 19, 1975

Nico – July 18, 1988

NICO

Chas Chandler – July 17, 1996

Gus Dudgeon – July 21, 2002

Long John Baldry – July 21, 2005

Gordon Waller (Peter and Gordon) – July 17, 2009

Amy Winehouse – July 23, 2011


Births

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – July 18, 1929

Ian Stewart (Rolling Stones) – July 18, 1938

Spencer Davis – July 17, 1939

Dion DiMucci – July 18, 1939

George Clinton – July 22, 1940

Lonnie Mack – July 18, 1941

Lonnie Mack

Martha Reeves – July 18, 1941

John Lodge (Moody Blues) – July 20, 1943

Danny McCulloch (The Animals) – July 18, 1945

Henry McCullough – July 21, 1943

Tony Joe White – July 23, 1943

Alan Gorrie (Average White Band) – July 19, 1946

Andy Mackay (Roxy Music) – July 23, 1946

Bernie Leadon (Eagles) – July 19, 1947

Brian May – July 19, 1947

Carlos Santana – July 20, 1947

Don Henley – July 22, 1947

David Essex – July 23, 1947

Ron Asheton (The Stooges) – July 17, 1948

Geezer Butler – July 17, 1949

Wally Bryson (The Raspberries) – July 18, 1949

Nicolette Larson – July 17, 1952

Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd) – July 19, 1952

Ricky Skaggs – July 18, 1954

Terry Chambers (XTC) – July 18, 1955

Howie Epstein (Tom Petty & Heartbreakers) – July 21, 1955

Paul Cook (Sex Pistols) – July 20, 1956

Keith Levene (The Clash, PIL) – July 18, 1957

Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) – July 22, 1963

Chris Cornell – July 20, 1964

Slash – July 23, 1965

Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam) – July 20, 1966

Alison Krauss – July 23, 1971

Rufus Wainwright – July 22, 1973

Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother) – July 20, 1976