The New Year 2016 brings us a series of iconic rock and roll anniversaries. Among the most notable events and releases coming up are:

1986: 30 years since…

The first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions were held in New York. In alphabetical order, the class of 1986 consisted of Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Elvis Presley.

Cleveland was announced as the location for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s museum.

Paul Simon released the acclaimed album Graceland.

MTV aired a Monkees marathon and reignited interest as the made-for-TV band marked its 20th anniversary.

Lionel Richie won an Oscar for “Say You, Say Me” from the movie White Knights.


The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout” becomes a hit all over again, thanks to its use on the soundtracks of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Back to School.

Hail, Hail, Rock and Roll, the acclaimed documentary on Chuck Berry, opens in theaters.


1976: 40 years since …

Frampton Comes Alive was released and turned little known singer-guitarist Peter Frampton into the hottest artist in music.

Capitol released the Beatles compilation Rock and Roll Music, which made “Got to Get You Into My Life” a Top 10 hit a decade after first being heard.


Paul McCartney went stateside with the hugely successful Wings Over America tour.

John Lennon concluded a successful, but difficult four-year legal battle and is finally granted permanent U.S. residency.

After a decade and several lineup changes, Fleetwood Mac became one of rock’s hottest bands, thanks to their self-titled album and hits such as “Over My Head” and “Rhiannon.”

The Beach Boys enjoyed a revival with the covers album 15 Big Ones, a TV special and tour featuring co-founder Brian Wilson.

The Four Seasons’ “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” became their first number-one single in a dozen years.

“If You Leave Me Now” was Chicago’s first number-one single.


Hall and Oates broke through with the Top 10 hits “Sara Smile” and “She’s Gone.”

Stevie Wonder signed a then-record $13-million deal to stay with Motown, which began with the album Songs in the Key of Life.

Donna Summer exploded into stardom, thanks to the sultry single “Love to Love You, Baby.”

Boston’s debut album spun off the Top 5 hit “More Than a Feeling.”

Heart had a breakthrough with the hits “Magic Man” and “Crazy On You.”

The Bay City Rollers kicked off their first American tour at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” hit the Top 10 and sold more than a million copies.

Elvis Presley played Las Vegas for the final time.

Elton John became the first rock and roll artist since The Beatles to be depicted in wax at Madame Tussaud’s museum in London.

Cat Stevens played his final concert before a religious conversion and sabbatical from the pop world.

1966: 50 years since…


The Beatles released Revolver and toured for the final time.

The Monkees debuted on TV and took radio by storm.

The Beach Boys released Pet Sounds.

Simon and Garfunkel, The Mamas and the Papas, The Loved Ones and The Masters’ Apprentices were among the year’s breakthrough stars.