Historically speaking, the third week in November has been marked by a trove of memorable rock events. One of rock’s most important bands made their U.S. television debut, a glam-rock icon staged his own episode of “The Midnight Special,” and Nirvana taped an historic concert. A spate of classic albums was released as well, including landmark records by The Velvet Underground, John Lennon, and U2. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

Events

1956 – “Love Me Tender,” the first feature film to star Elvis Presley, premieres at the Paramount Theater in New York.

1960 – Ray Charles’ “Georgia on My Mind” tops the singles chart.

1965 – The Rolling Stones make their U.S. national TV debut, performing “Get Off of My Cloud” on NBC’s “Hullabaloo.”

1966 – Jefferson Airplane records “Somebody to Love.”

1966 – The Doors sign a seven-album deal with Electra Records.

The Doors

1967 – Pink Floyd kick off their first U.K. tour, performing at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The band is part of a package tour that includes The Nice, The Move, and headliner Jimi Hendrix – among others.

1968 – The Beatles’ animated film “Yellow Submarine” makes its New York premiere.

1968 – Led Zeppelin stage their first-ever show, performing at Manchester College of Science & Technology in the U.K.

1970 – Santana release the single, “Black Magic Woman.”

1973 – David Bowie is the featured artist in a special edition of ABC’s “The Midnight Special.” The elaborately staged special is called “The 1980 Floor Show.”

David Bowie

1973 – The Who’s second rock opera, Quadrophenia, enters the U.K. album chart, eventually peaking at Number 2.

1974 – John Lennon’s “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” tops the U.S. singles chart.

1979 – The Guinness Book of World Records certifies that ABBA is the biggest-selling recording group in music history.

1983 – Michael Jackson’s 14-minute Thriller video makes its debut in a theater in Los Angeles. MTV will begin airing the film the following month.

1993 – Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple following a concert in Helsinki. It’s the second time Blackmore has left the band, and this time he does not return.

1993 – Nirvana tapes their MTV Unplugged concert in New York. The show is shot in a single day.

2000 – The Beatles’ launch their first official website. The launch coincides with the release of their compilation album, 1.

2004 – Gwen Stefani makes her television debut as a solo artist, singing at the annual American Music Awards.

2006 – Led Zeppelin is inducted into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame, with Queen’s Roger Taylor performing the honors.

2010 – Patti Smith wins the National Book Award for her acclaimed memoir, “Just Kids.”


Releases

1970 -- Syd Barrett: Barrett

1970 – The Velvet Underground: Loaded

Velvet Underground

1970 – Grand Funk Railroad: Live

1970 – Three Dog Night: Naturally

1971 – Leon Russell and Marc Benno: Asylum Choir II

1971 – The Byrds: Farther Along

1971 – Grand Funk Railroad: E Pluribus Funk

1971 – Faces: A Nod is as Good as a Wink… to a Blind Horse

1972 – Raspberries: Fresh

1972 – America: Homecoming

America

1972 – The Moody Blues: Seventh Sojourn

1973 – John Lennon: Mind Games

1973 – Emerson Lake & Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery

1974 – Roxy Music: Country Life

1974 – Ringo Starr: Goodnight Vienna

1974 – Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

1975 – The Kinks: Schoolboys in Disgrace

1975 – Tommy Bolin: Teaser

1976 – George Harrison: Thirty Three & 1/3

1977 – Various Artists: Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Soundtrack

1979 – Frank Zappa: Joe’s Garage Acts II & III

1979 – Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Live Rust

1980 – John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy

1981 – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts: I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll

1982 – Led Zeppelin: Coda

1983 – Eurythmics: Touch

1983 – Ozzy Osbourne: Back at the Moon

Ozzy Osbourne

1984 – Don Henley: Building the Perfect Beast

1985 – The Jesus and Mary Chain: Psychocandy

1988 – Cowboy Junkies: The Trinity Session

1990 – Tesla: Five Man Acoustical Jam

1991 – U2: Achtung Baby

1991 – Jeff Beck: Beckology

1993 – Heart: Desire Walks On

1995 – The Rolling Stones: Stripped (live)

1996 – Prince: Emancipation

1997 – Metallica: Reload

2000 – The Beatles: 1

2001 – Shelby Lynne: Love, Shelby

2002 – George Harrison: Brainwashed

George Harrison

2002 – Audioslave: Audioslave

2003 – The Beatles: Let it Be… Naked

2005 – Neil Diamond: 12 Songs

2008 – Sammy Hagar: Cosmic Universal Fashion

2012 – Soundgarden: King Animal


Deaths

Danny Whitten (Crazy Horse) – Nov. 18, 1972

Tom Evans (Badfinger) – Nov. 19, 1983

Ronnie Bond (The Troggs) – Nov. 13, 1992

R.J. Vealey (Atlanta Rhythm Section) – Nov. 13, 1999

Michael Stewart (We Five) – Nov. 13, 2002

Don Gibson – Nov. 16, 2003

Ruth Brown – Nov. 16, 2006

Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot) – Nov. 19, 2007

Mark “Moogy” Klingman (Utopia) – Nov. 15, 2011

Jimmy Ruffin – Nov. 16, 2014

Leon Russell – Nov. 13, 2016

Sharon Jones – Nov. 18, 2016


Births

Johnny Mercer – Nov. 18, 1909

Petula Clark – Nov. 15, 1932

Gordon Lightfoot – Nov. 17, 1938

Rick Kemp (Steeleye Span) – Nov. 15, 1941

John Hammond Jr. – Nov. 13, 1942

Gene Clark – Nov. 17, 1944

Frida Lyngstad (ABBA) – Nov. 15, 1945

Ray Wylie Hubbard – Nov. 13, 1946

Martin Barre – Nov. 17, 1946

Toy Caldwell – Nov. 13, 1947

Terry Reid – Nov. 13, 1949

Roger Steen (The Tubes) – Nov. 13, 1949

James Young (Styx) – Nov. 14, 1949

Graham Parker – Nov. 18, 1950

Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Whitesnake) – Nov. 18, 1950

Stephen Bishop – Nov. 14, 1951

Kim Wilde – Nov. 18, 1960

Matt Sorum – Nov. 19, 1960

Kirk Hammett – Nov. 18, 1962

Diana Krall – Nov. 16, 1964

Jeff Buckley – Nov. 17, 1966

Jeff Buckley