Rock n' Roll Timeline

  • Syd Nathan Founds King Records

    Syd Nathan founds King Records in Cincinnati.
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  • First Rock and Roll Record

    Jackie Brenston and Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm record "Rocket '88," a chart-topper, and later considered by some to be the first rock and roll record, is released.
  • First White Rock and Roll Song

    Bill Haley records "Crazy Man Crazy," considered by some to be the first rock and roll hit by a white artist.
  • Elvis Presley Discovered

    Eighteen-year-old Elvis Presley walks into Sun Records Studio to record two songs for his mother as a birthday gift. The label's office manager is impressed by his vocals.
  • Elvis Drafted into Army

    Elvis Presley is inducted into the U.S. Army. He will serve in Germany from October 1958 to March 1960.
  • The Beatles Debut

    The Beatles Debut
    The Beatles, formed from the members of the Quarrymen, make their performing debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.
  • Aerosmith

    Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joey Dramer, Joe Perry, and Steven Tyler form the band Aerosmith.
  • Jim Morrison Dies

    Jim Morrison, 27-year-old front man for The Doors, is found dead of a heart attack in the bathroom of his hotel room in Paris.
  • AC/DC

    In Australia, Bon Scott and brothers Angus and Malcolm Young form the band AC/DC.
  • Elvis Last Concert

    Elvis Presley gives what will be his last live performance at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Elvis Preseley dies

    Elvis Preseley dies
    Elvis Presley, unconscious, is rushed to Baptist Memorial Hospital. Efforts to revive him fail and he is pronounced dead. The exact cause of death will become one of the great mysteries of rock and roll history.
  • Led Zeppelin Disbands

    John Bonham, the drummer for Led Zeppelin, dies from alcohol poisoning. In the following months, the group decides to disband. They will reunite eight years later with a new drummer, Jason Bonham, John Bonham's son.
  • Hall of Fame

    The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and museum opens in Cleveland. Alanis Morissete's jagged Little Pill is a multi million seller. Neil Young and Pearl Jam play together.
  • "Oops I Did It Again" Sells Over 23 Million Copies

    Britney Spears' "Oops I Did It Again" seld over 23 million copies and became the best-selling album by a female artist of the decade! The album sold more than 1,319,193 copies during the first week since its release.
  • Michael Jackson Dies

    Michael Jackson Dies
    On June 24th, 2009, the King of Pop died due to cardiac arrest. He was 50 years old. His death was caused by taking a combination of potent drugs.