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HC's Rock Rewind

A look back at the past two weeks in Rock History


by  Anne Erickson



Week of May  21th - 27th


Memorable events occurred during this week in rock and roll history. The Rolling Stones appeared on TV with one of their blues idols, David Bowie presented Mott the Hoople with a glam-rock anthem, and a classic rock band from the ‘70s reunited following a 14-year hiatus. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.




1957 -- The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) is established. The organization quickly becomes known for their Grammy Awards, which kicks off the following year.

1965 -- The Rolling Stones share the stage with Howlin' Wolf on the TV show, Shindig!, as Wolf performs one of his blues classics, "How Many More Years."

1966 -- The Doors perform their first show in a public venue, playing at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood.

1968 -- Cream's Disraeli Gears album is certified gold.


1969 -- The Guess Who make their American television debut, appearing on American Bandstand and lip-synching the hits "These Eyes" and "Laughing.”

1970 – Peter Green makes his last appearance as a member of Fleetwood Mac, performing with the band at the Bath Festival in England.

1971 -- The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album begins a four-week run atop the U.S. album charts.

1971 – The pioneering psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly breaks up.

1972 -- David Bowie, upon learning that Mott The Hoople is planning to break up, offers the band a song he just wrote called “All the Young Dudes.” The song revives the group’s career and goes on to become a glam-rock anthem.

1973 -- Deep Purple releases "Smoke on the Water."



1975 -- Earth, Wind & Fire's soon-to-be-classic R&B hit, "Shining Star,” tops the U.S. singles chart.

1976 -- Wings begin a five week run at Number One slot on the U.S. singles chart with “Silly Love Songs.” The song is fifth Number One U.S. hit penned by Paul McCartney since the breakup of The Beatles.

1977 – Future Police members Sting, Stewart Copeland, and Andy Summers perform together for the first time, taking the stage in Paris as part of the band Strontium 90.

1977 -- Marc Bolan performs his last show with T. Rex, staging a concert in Stockholm, Sweden. Tragically, the glam-rock icon dies later that year in an automobile accident.

1979 -- The Who's acclaimed film documentary, The Kids Are Alright, makes its debut in New York City.

1986 -- The Monkees, without Mike Nesmith, kick off their "20th Anniversary World Tour." The ambitious trek stretches to 145 dates.

1987 -- The original members of the Doobie Brothers—including singer-guitarist Tom Johnson--reunite for a benefit show at the Hollywood Bowl. The event leads to a full-scale reunion tour.

1994 – The Eagles perform their first concert in fourteen years, staging a show in Burbank, California.

2006 – Led Zeppelin are awarded the Polar Music Prize during a ceremony on Stockholm. The award is presented by the King of Sweden.

2010 – The much-trumpeted re-release of the Rolling Stones’ 1972 classic, Exile on Main Street, provides the band with their first Number One album in the UK in sixteen years.




1963 – Bob Dylan: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

1967 – The Mothers of Invention: Absolutely Free

1967 – The Monkees: Headquarters

1968 – Johnny Cash:  At Folsum Prison



1969 – The Who: Tommy

1971 – Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On

1971 – Graham Nash: Songs for Beginners

1971 – Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells a Story

1972 – Peter Frampton: Wind of Change

1973 – Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells

1974 – David Bowie: Diamond Dogs

1974 – Sparks: Kimono My House




1974 – Santana: Lotus

1974 – 10cc: Sheet Music

1975 – Wings: Venus and Mars

1975 – Willie Nelson: Red Headed Stranger

1977 – Steve Miller Band:  Book of Dreams

1978 – David Gilmour: David Gilmour

1978 – Cheap Trick: Heaven Tonight

1979 – Kiss: Dynasty

1980 – Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel (i.e. “Melt,” his third album)



1980 – Roxy Music: Flesh and Blood

1982 – Blondie: The Hunter

1982 – Glenn Frey: No Fun Aloud

1983 – Dio: Holy Diver

1986 – Laurie Anderson: Home of the Brave

1988 – Van Halen: OU812

1989 – Queen: The Miracle

1989 – Tin Machine: Tin Machine

1990 – The Jeff Healey Band: Hell to Pay

1991 – The Smashing Pumpkins: Gish

1992 – Ringo Starr: Time Takes Time

1993 – Donald Fagen: Kamakiriad



1994 – Frank Black: Teenager of the Year

1995 – Everclear: Sparkle and Fade

2000 – Matchbox Twenty: Mad Season

2004 – The Cardigans: Long Gone Before Daylight

2005 – Audioslave: Out of Exile

2005 – Shelby Lynne: Suit Yourself

2006 – Def Leppard: Yeah!

2006 – Dixie Chicks: Taking the Long Way




Trevor Bolder, May 21, 2013

Elmore James – May 24, 1963

Sonny Boy Williamson – May 25, 1965

Duke Ellington – May 24, 1974

Gene Clark (The Byrds) – May 24, 1991

Eric Gale – May 25, 1994

Domenic Troiano (The Guess Who) – May 25, 2005

Desmond Dekker – May 25, 2006



Jay Bennett (Wilco) – May 24, 2009

Paul Gray (Slipknot) – May 24, 2010





T-Bone Walker – May 28, 1910

Miles Davis – May 26, 1926

Robert Moog – May 23, 1934

Bob Dylan – May 24, 1941

Jessi Colter – May 25, 1943

Levon Helm – May 26, 1943

Verden Allen (Mott the Hoople) – May 26, 1944

Steve Upton (Wishbone Ash) – May 24, 1946

Mick Ronson – May 26, 1946

Albert Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult) – May 24, 1947

Klaus Meine (Scorpions) – May 25, 1948

Stevie Nicks – May 26, 1948

Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship) – May 27, 1948

Hank Williams Jr. – May 26, 1949

Bernie Taupin – May 22, 1950

Neil Finn (Crowded House) – May 27, 1956

Susan Ballion (Siouxsie Sioux) – May 27, 1957

Paul Weller – May 25, 1958

Neil Finn (Crowded House) – May 27, 1958

(Steven) Morrissey – May 22, 1959

Lenny Kravitz – May 26, 1964

Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains) – May 27, 1966

Rich Robinson – May 24, 1969

Jewel (Kilcher) – May 23, 1974

Leo Sayer, May 21, 1948

Marc Ribot, May 21, 1954




Week of May 28th - June  3rd


May 29 through June 3 brought some timeless rock albums to the world, from Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. That's not to mention the births of Ronnie Wood and Tom Morello. Keep reading for some major releases, historic events and notable births and deaths happening May 29 – June 3.





1959 - Atlanta's Herndon Stadium hosts one of the first outdoor rock concerts. The lineup includes Ray Charles, Jimmy Reed and B.B. King. 

1961 - Chuck Berry opens the Berryland amusement park in Wentzville, Missouri.

1961 - Jimi Hendrix officially joins the U.S. Army.

1964 - The Rolling Stones hit New York to kick off their first U.S. tour.

1975 - Ronnie Wood performs his first show as the guitarist for the Rolling Stones. It was on his 28th birthday.

1976 - The Who set the Guinness Book record for "World's Loudest Rock Band" with a show in London measuring 126 decibels. Guinness eventually stops certifying the record, due to hearing loss.

1983 - Kiss play their final concert in their makeup. Well, until 1996, that is, when they start playing with painted faces again.

1997 - Jeff Buckley’s body is discovered floating in a harbor running into the Mississippi River. He had disappeared the week before while taking a swim in a Memphis harbor.








Bob Dylan, Down in the Groove, 1988

The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967 (U.S. release)




David Bowie, David Bowie, 1967

Bruce Springsteen, Darkness on the Edge of Town, 1978

The Rolling Stones, Still Life, 1982

Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A., 1984



Sting, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, 1985

Metallica, Load, 1996





Jeff Buckley, May 29, 1997

John Kahn (The Jerry Garcia Band), May 30, 1996

David Ruffin (The Temptations), June 1, 1991

Boyd Bennett, June 2, 2002

Vince Welnick (Grateful Dead), June 2, 2006

Bo Diddley, June 2, 2008




 John Fogerty – May 28, 1945

Noel Gallagher, May 29, 1967

Mel Gaynor (Simple Minds), May 29, 1960

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave), May 30, 1964

Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), May 31, 1938

Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), May 31, 1938

Pat Boone, June 1, 1934

Ron Wood (The Rolling Stones, The Faces), June 1, 1947

Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode), June 1, 1959

Simon Gallup (The Cure), June 1, 1960

Mike Joyce (The Smiths), June 1, 1963

Alanis Morissette, June 1, 1974

Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones), June 2, 1941

Steve Brookins (.38 Special), June 2, 1951

Pete Farndon (The Pretenders), June 2, 1952

Fabrizio Moreti (The Strokes), June 2, 1980

Dave Alexander (The Stooges), June 3, 1947

Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd), June 3, 1952

Kerry King (Slayer), June 3, 1964

Mike Gordon (Phish), June 3, 1965







Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A



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