- 1930 - Jan Howard (born Lula Grace Johnson) (86)
- 1930 - Liz Anderson (d. 2011)
- 1933 - Mike Stoller (Lieber & Stoller) (83)
- 1938 - Erma Franklin (d. 2002)
- 1939 - Neil Sedaka (77)
- 1940 - Dan Bennie (Reflections) (d. 2008)
- 1949 - Donald York (Sha Na Na) (67)
- 1950 - Danny Kirwan (Fleetwood Mac) (66)
- 1959 - Greg Norton (Hüsker Dü) (57)
- 1959 - Ronnie Rogers (T'Pau) (57)
- 1960 - Adam Clayton (U2) (56)
- 1972 - Common (born Lonnie Lynn, Jr.) (44)
- 1973 - David Draiman (Disturbed) (43)
- 1976 - James Dewees (New Found Glory, My Chemical Romance) (40)
- 1977 - Ed Sloan (Crossfade) (39)
- 1979 - Toni Lundow (Liberty X) (37)
- 1979 - Spanky G (Bloodhound Gang) (37)
- 1998 - Judge Dread (born Alexander Hughes) - Heart attack (53)
- 2002 - Marc Moreland (Wall of Voodoo) - Kidney failure (44)
- 2005 - Lyn Collins (56)
- 1949 - Imperial Records was formed by Lew Chudd.
- 1958 - The RIAA introduced their gold record certifications.
- 1964 - According to Billboard, the sale of Beatles singles accounted for 60% of the 45 market.
- 1965 - Eric Clapton quit the Yardbirds to join John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
- 1966 - Rod Stewart went solo, leaving the band Steampacket.
- 1971 - Brewer & Shipley entered the U.S. charts with One Toke Over the Line, a song that many radio stations banned even though the duo said Toke was short for Token.
- 1976 - The Jackson 5 became the Jacksons as they moved from Motown to Epic Records.
- 1977 - Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Blondie started a North American tour in Montreal.
- 1987 - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 1987 - Bryan Adams' Heat of the Night becomes the first cassingle released.
- 1996 - Glen Ballard had a commendation that had been given to him by the state of Mississippi as they objected to his participation in the album Jagged Little Pill by Alannis Morissette.
- 1999 - Trisha Yearwood became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. John Prine made his Opry debut.
- 2000 - Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong refused to participate in a Supremes reunion tour with Diana Ross due to money differences.
- 2000 - Blink-182 end their European tour early when both Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker come down with strep throat.
- 2001 - Charley Pride and Faron Young (via his son Robyn Young) received Hall of Fame medallions as the first official activity at the new Country Music Hall of Fame.
- 2002 - Sebastian Bach was arrested after he threatened the life of a bartender in Middletown, NJ. He also was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphanalia.
- 2003 - A jury ruled that Michael Jackson must pay an Australian promoter $5.3 million for backing out of two 1999 concerts.
- 2003 - It was Lee Ann Womack Day in the state of Texas.
- 2006 - Black Sabbath, Blondie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Sex Pistols, Miles Davis and Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Sex Pistols refused to attend. Blondie's performance was interrupted when former members rushed the stage.
- 2007 - Starbucks announced their Hear Music label which would become the home of artists like Paul McCartney, James Taylor and Elvis Costello.
- 2008 - Michael Jackson refinanced Neverland Ranch so that it wouldn't be sold off to pay for back taxes.
- 2014 - Two people were killed and 23 injured when a drunk driver drove into a crowd at Austin's SXSW Festival.
- 1926 - Mother Maybelle & Ezra Carter
- 1975 - George Jones and Tammy Wynette
- 1961 - Travelin' Man - Rick Nelson
- 1965 - Flowers on the Wall - Statler Brothers
- 1967 - Greatest Hits - Patsy Cline
- 2001 - Reptile - Eric Clapton
- 1965 - Billy Cotton Band Show (BBC) - Tom Jones (first major TV appearance)