There are a few answers that may come to mind, but chances are ‘Smoke on the Water’ by Deep Purple is on the top of the list. The song was released in 1971 and the main riff was made by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. On August 28, 1973, the great song was officially certified Gold. On top of this, the song is on many ‘best song lists’ like Rolling Stone “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

Hope you enjoy your week and reading about what happened this week in rock history!



Jimmy Rushing: August 26, 1902 (blues and jazz singer

Lester Young: August 27, 1909 (jazz saxophonist)

Alex Lifeson: August 27, 1953 (guitar, Rush)

Glen Matlock: August 27, 1956 (bass, Sex Pistols)

Danny Seraphine: August 28, 1948 (drums, Chicago)

Charlie Parker: August 29, 1920 (jazz saxophonist)

Sterling Morrison: August 29, 1942 (guitar, The Velvet Underground)

Chris Copping: August 29, 1945 (bass, Procol Harum)

Michael Jackson: August 29, 1958 (vocals, The Jackson Five)

Dinah Washington: August 29, 1924 (jazz and blues vocalist)

“Papa” John Phillips: August 30, 1935 (vocals, The Mamas & the Papas)

Van Morrison: August 31, 1945 (rock singer-songwriter)

 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (guitar, Mars Volta)


Allen Woody: August 26, 2000 (bass, Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule)

Stevie Ray Vaughan: August 27, 1990 (vocals and guitar, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble)

Jimmy Reed: August 29, 1976 (blues vocalist and guitarist)

Sterling Morrison: August 30th, 1995: (guitar, The Velvet Underground)



Robert Plant’s solo LP “Pictures at Eleven” is awarded a Gold record: August 27, 1982

Pearl Jam releases their first album “Ten” : August 27, 1991

The Doors’ “Hello, I Love You” is certified gold: August 28th, 1968

Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water” is certified gold: August 28, 1973

Cream’s LP Fresh Cream enters the charts: August 31, 1968

The Rolling Stones, “Street Fighting Man” was released: August 31st, 1968

Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Live And Let Die” is certified gold: August 31, 1974

Metallica by Metallica hits #1: August 31, 1991

The Who’s “I’m a Boy” hits #2 on the charts: September 1, 1966

U2 release their first record, the U2-3 EP: September 1, 1979



Duane Allman asks Eric Clapton if he can sit in on a Derek and the Dominos recording session. Clapton agrees only if Allman will play on the sessions : August 26, 1970

Original lyrics for “A Day in The Life” receive $87,000 at an auction: August 27, 1992

Peter, Paul, and Mary perform “Blowin’ in the Wind” prior to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream Speech” at the Lincoln Memorial: August 28, 1963

The Rolling Stones sign with Decca Records, who famously turned down another popular rock and roll band: The Beatles. August 28th, 1965

Three men try to steal Elvis Presley’s corpse from a mausoleum in Memphis. They are arrested, and the body is soon moved to Graceland. We guess that the three perpetrators were singing Jailhouse Rock that night: August 29, 1977

Two weeks after Woodstock, the 2nd annual Isle of Wright Festival occurs in England. The show featured Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, The Nice, The Who, and others: August 30, 1969

The Doors officially break up, and probably should have already done so when they lost frontman Jim Morrison: August 30, 1973

The Late Show with David Letterman premieres, featuring musical guest Billy Joel, the Piano Man: August 30th, 1993

“Hey Jude” by The Beatles debuts at #10 on the Billboard charts, a record breaker at the time: August 31st, 1968

Traffic perform their last show at the Reading Festival: August 31, 1974

A memorial service is held for blues giant Stevie Ray Vaughan. Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, and Stevie Wonder sing a gut-wrenching version of “Amazing Grace”: August 31, 1990

Boz Scaggs rejoins The Steve Miller Band: September 1, 1967


Patrick Ortiz