You know it's a big week in music when you have ES-335 player Dave Grohl's birthday and the release of debut albums from the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. We're celebrating the week of Jan. 8 through 14, and read on for some significant events, historic record releases and births and deaths taking place this week in rock history.

Events

1967 - Jimi Hendrix records the massively successful "Purple Haze" at De Lane Lea Studios in London.

1969 - George Harrison leaves the Beatles, but it's only for a brief time.

1974 - Kiss ink their first major recording deal, with Casablanca Records.

1978 - The Sex Pistols perform their final show and soon after break up in San Francisco, California.

1992 - Nirvana's Nevermind record reaches No. 1 in America, taking the place of Michael Jackson's Dangerous.

2012 - The White Stripes singer Jack White appears on the History Channel program American Pickers.


Releases

The Beatles, Introducing... The Beatles, 1964

Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin, 1969

Led Zeppelin

David Bowie, Low, 1977

David Bowie

Rush, Permanent Waves, 1980

David Bowie, Where Are We Now? (single), 2013


Births

Elvis Presley – January 8, 1935

Robby Krieger – January 8, 1946

David Bowie – January 8, 1947

Joan Baez, January 9, 1941

James Patrick "Jimmy" Page, January 9, 1944

Cassie Gaines (Lynyrd Skynyrd), January 9, 1948

Paul King (Mungo Jerry), January 9, 1948

Steve McRay (.38 Special), January 9, 1950

David Johansen (New York Dolls), January 9, 1953

Eric Erlandson (Hole), January 9, 1963

Carl Bell (Fuel), January 9, 1967

Steve Harwell (Smash Mouth), January 9, 1967

Dave Matthews (The Dave Matthews Band), January 9, 1967

Frank Sinatra Jr., January 10, 1944

Rod Stewart, January 10, 1945

Ronny Light, January 10, 1945

Aynsley Dunbar (Journey, Whitesnake, Jefferson Airplane), January 10, 1946

Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), January 10, 1948

Pat Benatar, January 10, 1953

Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO), January 10, 1955

Clarence Clemons (E Street Band), January 11, 1942

Tony Kaye (Yes), January 11, 1943

Tom Dumont (No Doubt), January 11, 1968

Tom Rowlands (The Chemical Brothers), January 11, 1971

William Lee Golden (The Oak Ridge Boys), January 12, 1939

Cynthia Robinson (Sly and the Family Stone), January 12, 1946

Charlie Gillingham (Counting Crows), January 12, 1960

Rob Zombie (White Zombie), January 12, 1966

Trevor Rabin (Yes), January 13, 1954

Fred White (Earth, Wind & Fire), January 13, 1955

Zach de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine), January 13, 1970

T-Bone Burnett, January 14, 1948

Geoff Tate (Queensryche), January 14, 1959

Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), January 14, 1969

Foo Fighters


Deaths

Steve Clark (Def Leppard) – January 8, 1991

Chester Arthur Burnett “Howlin’ Wolf,” January 10, 1976

Margaret Whiting, January 10, 2011

Mickey Finn (T. Rex percussionist), January 11, 2003

Jimmy Griffin (Bread), January 11, 2005

Spencer Dryden (Jefferson Airplane, New Riders of the Purple Sage), January 11, 2005

Maurice Gibb (The Bee Gees), January 12, 2003

Jerry Nolan (The Heartbreakers and New York Dolls), January 14, 1992