Almanac: September 30, 2015
- 1917 - Buddy Rich (d. 1987)
- 1927 - Pearl Dee Jones (Carl Butler and Pearl) (d. 1988)
- 1933 - Cissy Houston (82)
- 1935 - Johnny Mathis (80)
- 1940 - Dewey Martin (Buffalo Springfield) (d. 2009)
- 1942 - Gus Dudgeon (producer) (d. 2002)
- 1942 - Frankie Lymon (Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers) (d. 1968)
- 1943 - Marilyn McCoo (Fifth Dimension) (72)
- 1946 - Sylvia Peterson (Chifons) (69)
- 1947 - Marc Bolan (T-Rex) (d. 1977)
- 1952 - John Lombardo (10,000 Maniacs) (63)
- 1952 - Frank Zincavage (Romeo Void) (63)
- 1953 - Deborah Allen (62)
- 1954 - Basia (born Basia Trzetrzelewska) (61)
- 1954 - Patrice Rushen (61)
- 1954 - Lesley Beach (Amazulu) (61)
- 1958 - Marty Stuart (57)
- 1960 - Bill Rieflin (KMFDM, R.E.M.) (55)
- 1962 - Marley Marl (born Marlon Williams) (DJ & producer) (53)
- 1963 - Eddie Montgomery (Montgomery Gentry) (52)
- 1964 - Trey Anastasio (Phish) (51)
- 1964 - Robby Takac (Goo Goo Dolls) (51)
- 1984 - Keisha Buchanan (Sugarbabes) (31)
- 1985 - T-Pain (born Faheem Najm) (30)
- 1986 - Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons) (29)
- 1955 - James Dean - Car accident (24)
- 1977 - Mary Ford (Les Paul & Mary Ford) - Complications of diabetes (53)
- 2003 - Ronnie Dawson - Throat cancer (64)
- 1950 - The Grand Ole Opry was televised for the first time.
- 1954 - Patsy Cline signed her first contract with Four Star Records.
- 1961 - Bob Dylan played harmonica on three songs for Carolyn Hester's debut album. Producer John Hammond is so impressed he signs him to Columbia.
- 1963 - Sid Bernstein first contacted Brian Epstein about the Beatles. He would go on to promote many of their tours.
- 1967 - BBC Radio 1 went on the air with DJ Tony Blackburn signing on with the Move's Flowers in the Rain.
- 1968 - Writer Hunter Davies published The Beatles, the first authorized biography of the group.
- 1969 - David Crosby's girlfriend, Christine Hilton, was killed in a car crash near San Francisco.
- 1971 - Rick Wakeman made his first live appearance with Yes.
- 1987 - The Roy Orbison special A Black and White Night is shot at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles with a myriad of special guests including Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and more.
- 1988 - John Lennon gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 1991 - Liza Minnelli received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 1992 - Steve Earle was arrested for failing to appear for jury duty in Nashville.
- 1993 - Kate Pierson of the B-52's was arrested at an anti-fur protest and charged with criminal mischief and trespassing.
- 1994 - R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe signed a movie deal with New Line Cinema.
- 1996 - Tiny Tim suffered a heart attack while performing his signature song, Tip-Toe Through the Tulips, in Montague, MA.
- 1997 - Randy Travis became the first artist to sign with DreamWorks Records Nashville.
- 2002 - British band Hear'Say, winners of the Popstars competition program, announced they were breaking up.
- 2006 - Farm Aid 2006 was held in Camden, NJ with Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jerry Lee Lewis with Roy Head, Los Lonely Boys, Arlo Guthrie, Gov't Mule, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer, Steel Pulse, Shelby Lynne, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jimmy Sturr & his Orchestra, Pauline Reese and Danielle Evin.
- 2006 - George Strait passed Conway Twitty for the most number 1 records when Give It Away becomes his 41st chart topper.
- 2007 - Keith Urban crashed his motorcycle while being pursued by a photographer in Sydney, Australia. He was uninjurred.
- 1968 - Miles Davis and Betty Mabry
- 2006 - Isaac Hanson (Hanson) and Nicole Dufresne
- 2011 - Jeremy Davis (Paramore) and Kathryn Camsey
- 1938 - Louis Armstrong and Lil Armstrong
- 1956 - Brenda Lee's first recording session
- 1985 - Guitar Town - Steve Earle
- 1977 - Ringo the Fourth - Ringo Starr
- 1997 - Time Out of Mind - Bob Dylan
- 1997 - Bridges to Babylon - Rolling Stones
- 2003 - Life For Rent - Dido
- 2003 - Sacred Love - Sting
- 2003 - Billy Currington - Billy Currington (debut)
- 1965 - Shindig! - Donovan (American TV debut), Hollies, Turtles, Dave Clark Five
- 1967 - David Frost Show - Paul McCartney, John Lennon
- 1989 - Saturday Night Live - Neil Young
- 1993 - Simpsons - George Harrison, David Crosby
- 1998 - Drew Carey Show - Jonny Lang, Slash, Joey Ramone, Rick Nelson (Cheap Trick)
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1957 - Honeycomb - Jimmie Rodgers (2 weeks)
- 1978 - Kiss You All Over - Exile (4 weeks)
- 1995 - Fantasy - Mariah Carey (8 weeks)
- 1995 - Cracked Rear View - Hootie & the Blowfish (1 week (7 previous weeks at number 1))
- 2000 - G.O.A.T. - LL Cool J (1 week)
- 2006 - FutureSex/LoveSounds - Justin Timberlake (2 weeks)