This week in rock history was marked by an abundance of significant events. John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote an early Beatles classic, Deep Purple’s most famous lineup disbanded, and Pink Floyd staged a one-off reunion for a major charity event. A trove of classic albums was released as well, including landmark records by Free, the Doobie Brothers, and Bad Company. Read on for a look back at other noteworthy moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

Events

1956 – Elvis Presley records “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog” in New York City.

1962 – Jimi Hendrix receives an honorable discharge from the Army after he fractures his ankle in a parachute jump.

1963 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney write “She Loves You” in a hotel room while on tour in England.

Beatles

1965 – The Byrds’ cover of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” tops the Billboard singles chart.

1970 – The band formerly known as Smile performs under the moniker Queen for the first time.

1971 – New York City’s famous Fillmore East venue stages its last show. The bill includes the Allman Brothers Band, the J. Geils Band, Albert King, and Mountain, among others.

1973 – Brian Eno exits Roxy Music.

1974 – Neal Peart becomes the drummer for Rush, replacing John Rutsey.

1975 – David Bowie releases “Fame.” The single goes on to become Bowie’s first #1 hit in the U.S.

David Bowie

1976 – John Lennon gets his “green card” from the U.S. Department of Naturalization.

1973 – Deep Purple’s most famous lineup disbands, as lead singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover abruptly leave the group following a show in Osaka, Japan.

1977 – Elvis Presley stages his last concert, performing in Indianapolis, Indiana.

1980 – Paul McCartney’s single “Coming Up” tops the U.S. singles chart.

1985 – David Bowie and Mick Jagger record “Dancing in the Street” at Abbey Road Studios. They also shoot the video for the song on that same day.

1996 – Sammy Hagar is replaced by David Lee Roth as Van Halen’s lead vocalist. Eleven years earlier, Hagar had replaced Roth in that same role.

2004 – The Kinks’ Dave Davies suffers a massive stroke. During a lengthy recovery he re-learns how to play guitar.

2005 – Pink Floyd members Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Rick Wright reunite to perform at the Live 8 concert in London.


Releases

1966 – The Mothers of Invention: Freak Out!

1967 – The Rolling Stones: Flowers

Rolling Stones

1968 – Pink Floyd: A Saucerful of Secrets

1968 – Steve Miller Band: Children of the Future

1968 – Fairport Convention: Fairport Convention

1968 – The Band: Music from Big Pink

1970 – Free:  Fire and Water

1970 – The Monkees: Changes

1970 – Rare Earth: Ecology

1970 – Rod Stewart: Gasoline Alley

1970 – Todd Rundgren: Runt

1970 – Cactus: Cactus

1971 – The Flying Burrito Brothers: The Flying Burrito Brothers

1972 – Leon Russell: Carney

Leon Russell

1972 – Free: Free At Last

1972 – Big Star: #1 Record

1972 – Alice Cooper: School’s Out

1972 – The Doobie Brothers: Toulouse Street

1973 – Sly & the Family Stone: Fresh

1974 – Bad Company: Bad Company

1974 – Elton John: Caribou

1974 – America: Holiday

1974 – Uriah Heep: Wonderworld

1975 – Bob Dylan & The Band: The Basement Tapes

1975 – Average White Band: Cut the Cake

1975 – The Tubes: The Tubes

1976 – Uriah Heep: High and Mighty

1976 – The Marshall Tucker Band: Long Hard Ride

1976 – Jefferson Starship: Spitfire

1977 – Kiss: Love Gun

Kiss

1977 – James Taylor: JT

1977 – Steve Winwood: Steve Winwood

1979 – Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Rust Never Sleeps

1980 – The Soft Boys: Underwater Moonlight

1980 – Queen: The Game

1982 – Robert Plant: Pictures at Eleven

1982 – Joe Jackson: Night and Day

1982 – Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Imperial Bedroom

1985 – AC/DC: Fly on the Wall

1989 – The B-52’s: Cosmic Thing

1989 – Don Henley: The End of Innocence

1990 – Sonic Youth: Goo

1990 – Cheap Trick: Busted

1990 – Steve Earle: The Hard Way

1991 – Alice Cooper: Hey Stoopid

Alice Cooper

1991 – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Into the Great Wide Open

1992 – PJ Harvey: Dry

1993 – Ozzy Osbourne: Live & Loud

1993 – Jeff Beck: Crazy Legs

1995 – Gov’t Mule: Gov’t Mule

1995 – Neil Young: Mirror Ball

1998 – Cowboy Junkies: Miles from Our Home

1998 – System of a Down: System of a Down

2002 – Oasis: Heathen Chemistry

2002 – Green Day: Shenanigans

2004 – The Cure: The Cure

2004 – Rush: Feedback

2005 – Fountains of Wayne: Out-of-State Plates


Deaths

Tim Buckley – June 29, 1975

Lowell George – June 29, 1979

George Lowell

Rushton Moreve (Steppenwolf) – July 1, 1981

Wolfman Jack – July 1, 1995

Dennis Brown – July 1, 1999

Chet Atkins – June 30, 2001

John Entwistle – June 27, 2002

Herbie Mann – July 1, 2003

Luther Vandross – July 1, 2005

George McCorkle (The Marshall Tucker Band) – June 29, 2007

Mel Galley (Whitesnake) – July 1, 2008

Bobby Womack – June 27, 2014

Scotty Moore – June 28, 2016


Births

Willie Dixon – July 1, 1915

Lena Horne – June 30, 1917

Doc Pomus – June 27, 1925

Billy Davis (The 5th Dimension) – June 26, 1938

Delaney Bramlett – July 1, 1939

Bruce Johnston (The Beach Boys) – June 27, 1942

Bobby Harrison (Procol Harum) – June 28, 1943

Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band) – June 30, 1944

Deborah Harry – July 1, 1945

Debbie Harry

Ian Paice (Deep Purple) – June 29, 1948

Andy Scott (The Sweet) – June 30, 1949

Roy Bittan – July 2, 1949

Stanley Clarke – June 30, 1951

Fred Schneider (The B-52’s) – July 1, 1951

Colin Hay (Men at Work) – June 29, 1953

Mick Jones (The Clash) – June 26, 1955

The Clash

Chris Isaak – June 26, 1956

Lisa Germano – June 27, 1958

Lorrie Morgan – June 27, 1959

Terri Nunn (Berlin) – June 26, 1961

Yngwie Malmsteen – June 30, 1963

Bobby Bare Jr. – June 28, 1966

Colin Greenwood (Radiohead) – June 26, 1969

Gretchen Wilson – June 26, 1973

Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer) – June 27, 1976

Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon) – June 26, 1979