It's a big week in the world of rock history, packing everything from the birth of Eddie Van Halen to the release of Elvis Presley's famous "Heartbreak Hotel" and Van Halen's Balance album. Get ready to rock with these significant events, historic record releases, births and deaths taking place Jan. 22 through 28 in music history.


1966 - Memphis gets a rare snowstorm, and Elvis Presley and his "Memphis Mafia" members build a snowman in front of Graceland.

1969 - Jethro Tull play their debut U.S. concert in New York City. They open 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 record a 10-track demo tape with producer Jack Endino. This is pre-Dave Grohl Nirvana, and Dale Crover from the Melvins plays drums.

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

Tom Petty

1991 - Paul McCartney performs on the second season of MTV's Unplugged, and he plays some Beatles songs in the set.

1999 - The Rolling Stones kick off their "No Security" Tour in Oakland, California.


Sam Cooke, January 22, 1931

Nigel Pegrum (The Small Faces), January 22, 1949

Steve Perry (Journey), January 22, 1949

Teddy Gentry (Alabama), January 22, 1952

Michael Hutchence (INXS), January 22, 1960

Steve Adler (Guns N' Roses), born Michael Coletti, January 22, 1965

Orianthi Panagaris, January 22, 1985

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


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

Alabama, Mountain Music, 1982

Prince, Take Me With U, 1985

Sting, The Soul Cages, 1991


Van Halen, Balance, 1995

Van Halen

Bad Religion, The Process of Belief, 2002

Bad Religion

Bruce Springsteen, Working on a Dream, 2009

Bruce Springsteen

Bad Religion, True North, 2013