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     1951 - "Rocket 88," considered the first Rock record, is
      1952 - Little Richard's first records are released.
      1953 - Elvis Presley makes his first (private) recordings.
      1954 - Ray Charles forms his own band.
     1955 - The movie Blackboard Jungle is released featuring Bill
   Haley & The Comets' "Rock Around The Clock." RCA signs Elvis
   Presley. The Everly Bros. make their first studio recordings.
     1956 - Elvis' first film, Love Me Tender. An impromptu
   recording session at Sun Studios for Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins,
   Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, the million dollar quartet.
    1957 - Chuck Berry releases the hits "School Day" and "Rock
   And Roll Music"
      1958 - Elvis is drafted into the U.S. Army
      1959 - Buddy Holly is killed in a plane crash.

     1960 - Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show
   following his Army stint.
    1961 - Big soul hits for groups like The Shirelles, The
   Marvelettes. Dion splits from The Belmonts.
    1962 - The Supremes have their first record released by
   Motown. The Twist takes off.
      1963 - Surf music rules the airwaves.
      1964 - The Beatles hit America leading the British Invasion.
     1965 - Bob Dylan plugs in at the Newport Folk Festival
   spawning Folk-Rock.
    1966 - The Monkees TV series begins. The Beach Boys' Pet
   Sounds album arrives.
      1967 - Monterey Pop Festival begins the open air Rock festival
   concept. The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper is unleashed. Cream issues their
   first two albums.
    1968 - Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention release We're
   Only In It For The Money.
     1969 - Woodstock Music & Arts Festival draws half a million
   fans to Max Yasgar's farm in New York. The Who's rock opera
   Tommy is introduced.

     1970 - Deaths of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin within a month
   of each other. The Grateful Dead release both Workingman's Dead
   and American Beauty. The Beatles break up.
     1971 - Deaths of Jim Morrison (The Doors) and Duane Allman
   (Allman Bros. Band). Songwriter Carole King releases her Tapesty
      1972 - Smokey Robinson leaves The Miracles to go solo.
     1973 - Led Zeppelin's tour is a record breaker. Pink Floyd
   release Dark Side Of The Moon.
      1974 - Bob Dylan & The Band tour together.
    1975 - Rod Stewart officially quits The Faces. Bruce
   Springsteen releases Born To Run.
     1976 - Stevie Wonder's album release Songs In The Key Of
   Life would win five Grammy awards. Frampton Comes Alive is
     1977 - The Disco influence is felt as Saturday Night Fever
   becomes a best selling album. Meatloaf's Bat Out Of Hell is
   released. Elvis Presley dies.
      1978 - Van Halen release their first album.
     1979 - The Who release two movies, go on tour, and eleven
   fans are trampled to death at their Cincinnati concert.

     1980 - John Lennon is murdered in front of his New York
      1981 - Paul McCartney's Wings disbands after over 20 hits.
     1982 - The Eagles disband until hell freezes over. Michael
   Jackson's Thriller album is released late in the year.
     1983 - David Bowie's "Let's Dance" hits Number One with
   Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitar.
      1984 - Jackie Wilson succumbs to a long illness.
     1985 - "We Are The World" is recorded by 46 U.S. artists in
   support of suffering people in the USA and Africa.
    1986 - The Rolling Stones are awarded a Lifetime Achievement
      1987 - Billy Joel tours and records an album in Russia.
     1988 - Whitney Houston earns her seventh consecutive Number
   One single. Superstar ensemble The Traveling Wilburys release an
   album, just before Roy Orbison's passing.
     1989 - Milli Vanilli wins 1989 Best New Artist Grammy, only
   to have the award taken back when it is revealed that they did not
   sing on their own debut album.

     1990 - Curtis Mayfield (The Impressions) is paralyzed
   preparing for a stage concert. Stevie Ray Vaughan is killed in a
   helicopter crash.
    1991- Cardinal O'Connor asks The Pope to excommunicate
   Madonna. Guns N' Roses release Use Your Illusion I and II.
   Queen's Freddy Mercury dies from complications related to AIDS.
     1992 - Seattle becomes the core of Grunge Rock with groups
   like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Prince changes his name.
      1993 - U2 finishes up a two year Zoo/Zooropa '93 world tour.
     1994 - Kurt Cobain's death is shared by a new generation of
   rock fans. Sheryl Crow flies with her Tuesday Night Music Club,
   and a tour opening for the reunited Eagles. Hootie & The Blowfish
   debut Cracked Rear View Mirror.
     1995 - The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum opens in
   Cleveland. Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill is a multi-million
   seller. Neil Young and Pearl Jam perform and record together.
    1996 - Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men team up for "One Sweet
   Day," which tops the charts for an unprecedented 16 consecutive
      1997 -Lillith Tour spotlights female headliners.
     1998 - "Ginger Spice" Geri Halliwell exits the popular Spice
   Girls. The Rolling Stones give concerts in Russia, followed shortly
   by Ringo Starr's Fourth All-Starr Band.

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