Historically, the second week in March has been marked by a trove of memorable rock and roll events. Eric Clapton left one of rock’s seminal bands, Metallica performed their first show, and one of the Rolling Stones kicked off his first-ever solo tour. Several classic albums were released this week as well, including landmark records by the Velvet Underground, R.E.M., and Iggy Pop. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

Events

1955 – Fats Domino records “Ain’t That a Shame” in Los Angeles.

1965 – Eric Clapton leaves The Yardbirds.

1968 – The Rolling Stones begin recording “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”

1968 – Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay” tops the U.S. singles chart.

1969 – The Temptations become the first Motown recording artists to receive a Grammy, earning the award for the single, “Cloud Nine.”

1969 – Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman.

1969 – Tommy Roe’s “Dizzy” begins a four-week run atop the U.S. singles chart.

1971 – The Allman Brothers Band stage the first of the two shows recorded for their Live at the Fillmore East album.

1972 – Carole King is awarded the “Album of the Year” Grammy for Tapestry. Carly Simon receives the “Best New Artist” honor.

1972 – Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” begins a three-week run at Number One on the U.S. singles chart.

1975 – Olivia Newton-John’s Have You Never Been Mellow tops the U.S. album chart.

1982 – Metallica make their live performance debut, appearing at Radio City in Anaheim, California.

1983 – Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Alec John Such form Bon Jovi.

1988 – Mick Jagger kicks off his first-ever solo tour with a series of concerts in Osaka, Japan.

1994 – Darryl Jones steps into the role of bassist for the Rolling Stones, filling the slot vacated by Bill Wyman.

2006 – The Sex Pistols opt not to attend their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2008 – Stone Temple Pilots announce they will reunite for a final tour.

2013 – Bob Dylan is voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Releases

1967 – The Velvet Underground & Nico:  The Velvet Underground & Nico

1967 – Grateful Dead:  The Grateful Dead

1969 – Free: Tons of Sobs

1970 – Tyrannosaurus Rex:  A Beard of Stars

1971 – James Taylor:  Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon

1975 – Justin Hayward and John Lodge:  Blue Jays

1975 – Earth, Wind & Fire:  That’s the Way of the World (soundtrack)

1976 – Kiss:  Destroyer

1976 – Marvin Gaye:  I Want You

1977 – The Band:  Islands

1977 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer:  Works Volume 1

1977 – Iggy Pop:  The Idiot

1978 – Generation X:  Generation X

1978 – Elvis Costello and the Attractions:  This Year’s Model

1979 – Bad Company:  Desolation Angels

1980 – Def Leppard:  On Through the Night

1981 – The Who:  Face Dances

1982 – Asia:  Asia

1982 – Richard and Linda Thompson:  Shoot Out the Lights

1984 – The Cars:  Heartbeat City

1984 – Joe Jackson:  Body and Soul

1988 – Talking Heads:  Naked

1988 – The Smithereens:  Green Thoughts

1990 – Robyn Hitchcock:  Eye

1991 – R.E.M.:  Out of Time

1991 – Throwing Muses:  The Real Ramona

1991 – Juliana Hatfield:  Hey Babe

1992 – No Doubt:  No Doubt

1993 – Coverdale-Page:  Coverdale-Page

1994 – Mötley Crüe:  Mötley Crüe

1995 – Radiohead:  The Bends

1995 – Goo Goo Dolls:  A Boy Named Goo

1995 – Linda Ronstadt:  Feels Like Home

1995 – Annie Lennox:  Medusa

1995 – Matthew Sweet:  100% Fun

1996 – Kiss:  Unplugged

1996 – The Beatles:  The Beatles Anthology, Volume 2

1997 – Aerosmith:  Nine Lives

1998 – Van Halen:  Van Halen III

1999 – Jeff Beck:  Who Else!

1999 – Blur:  13

2001 – Gary Moore:  Back to the Blues

2001 – Rod Stewart:  Human

2001 – Eric Clapton:  Reptile

2002 – Bob Mould:  Modulate

2003 – Paul McCartney:  Back in the World (live)

2007 – Neil Young:  Live at Massey Hall 1971

2013 – David Bowie:  The Next Day

2016 – Iggy Pop:  Post Pop Depression


Deaths

Charlie Parker – March 12, 1955

Tammi Terrell – March 16, 1970

T-Bone Walker – March 16, 1975

Ric Grech (Traffic, Blind Faith) – March 17, 1990

Doc Pomus – March 14, 1991

John Phillips – March 18, 2001

Alex Chilton – March 17, 2010

Michael Hossack (Doobie Brothers) – March 12, 2012

Scott Asheton (The Stooges) – March 15, 2014

Mike Porcaro (Toto) – March 15, 2015

Andy Fraser (Free) – March 16, 2015

Chuck Berry – March 18, 2017


Births

Lightnin’ Hopkins – March 15, 1912

Leonard Chess – March 12, 1917

Nat King Cole – March 17, 1919

Quincy Jones – March 14, 1933

Fred Neil – March 16, 1936

Charlie Pride – March 18, 1938

Neil Sedaka – March 13, 1939

Al Jarreau – March 12, 1940

Phil Lesh – March 15, 1940

Mike Love – March 15, 1941

Paul Kantner – March 17, 1941

Wilson Pickett – March 18, 1941

Jerry Jeff Walker – March 16, 1942

Sly Stone – March 15, 1944

John Sebastian – March 17, 1944

Michael Martin Murphey – March 14, 1945

Walter Parazaider (Chicago) – March 14, 1945

Ry Cooder – March 15, 1947

James Taylor – March 12, 1948

Michael Bruce – March 16, 1948

Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) – March 17, 1951

Nancy Wilson (Heart) – March 16, 1954

Dee Snider – March 15, 1955

Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) – March 12, 1956

Adam Clayton (U2) – March 13, 1960

Brett Michaels – March 15, 1963

Jerry Cantrell – March 18, 1966

Melissa Auf Der Maur (Hole) – March 17, 1972

Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) – March 17, 1975

Pete Doherty (The Libertines) – March 12, 1979