From the birth of Eddie Van Halen to the release of Elvis Presley’s timeless tune “Heartbreak Hotel,” the week of Jan. 23 through 29 is a good one for rock ‘n’ roll. Let’s not forget Nirvana recording a special demo tape with the Melvins’ Dale Crover, to boot. Read on for some major events, historic record releases and births and deaths taking place Jan. 23 through 29.


1962 - Warner Brothers Records signed a deal with Peter, Paul & Mary.

1969 - Jethro Tull performed their debut U.S. concert in New York City. They opened at the show for Led Zeppelin.

1986 - The first musicians were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino.

1988 - Nirvana recorded a 10-track demo tape with producer Jack Endino. Dale Crover from the Melvins played drums.

1990 - "Tom Petty Day" was made official in Petty’s hometown of Gainsville, Florida.


Danny Federici (E Street Band), January 23, 1950

Robin Wayne Zander (Cheap Trick), January 23, 1953

Earl Falconer (UB40), January 23, 1959

Ray Stevens, January 24, 1939

Neil Diamond, January 24, 1941

Etta James, January 25, 1938

Richard Finch (KC and the Sunshine Band), January 25, 1954

Corky Laing (Mountain), January 26, 1948

Lucinda Williams, January 26, 1953

Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen), January 26, 1957

Norman Hassan (UB40), January 26, 1958

Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), January 27, 1944

Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy), January 27, 1951

Seth Justman (The J. Geils Band), January 27, 1951

Gillian Gilbert (New Order), January 27, 1961

Mike Patton (Faith No More), January 27, 1968

Mark Trojanowski (Sister Hazel), January 27, 1970

Corky Laing (Mountain), January 28, 1948

Tommy Ramone (drummer for Ramones), January 29, 1952

Eddie Jackson (Queensryche), January 29, 1961

Jonny Lang, January 29, 1981


Terry Kath (Chicago), January 23, 1978

Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd), January 23, 1990

James "Shep" Sheppard, January 24, 1970

Lamar Williams (The Allman Brothers Band), January 25, 1983

Jim Capaldi (Traffic), January 28, 2005

Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd), January 28, 2009


Elvis Presley, Heartbreak Hotel, 1956

Prince, Take Me With U, 1985

Van Halen, Balance, 1995

Van Halen

Dream Theater, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, 2002

Dream Theater

Bruce Springsteen, Working on a Dream, 2009

Bruce Springsteen