- 1895 - Alberta Hunter (d. 1984)
- 1921 - Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith (d. 2014)
- 1927 - Amos Milburn (d. 1980)
- 1932 - Debbie Reynolds (84)
- 1934 - Jim Ed Brown (d. 2015)
- 1939 - Rudolph Isley (Isley Brothers) (77)
- 1942 - Philip Margo (Tokens) (74)
- 1942 - Danny Brooks (born Jim Mealey) (Dovells) (74)
- 1942 - Alan Blakley (Tremeloes) (d. 1996)
- 1945 - John Barbata (Turtles) (71)
- 1946 - Ronnie Lane (Small Faces, Faces) (d. 1997)
- 1947 - M (born Robin Scott) (69)
- 1948 - Jimmy Cliff (68)
- 1948 - Simon Cowe (Lindisfarne) (68)
- 1949 - Gil Scott-Heron (d. 2011)
- 1950 - Billy Currie (Ultravox) (66)
- 1954 - Jeff Porcaro (Toto) (d. 1992)
- 1956 - Peter O'Toole (Hothouse Flowers) (60)
- 1958 - D. Boon (born Dennes Boon) (Minutemen) (d. 1985)
- 1961 - Susan Boyle (55)
- 1961 - Mark White (ABC) (55)
- 1964 - Leslie Langston (Throwing Muses) (52)
- 1971 - Method Man (born Clifford Smith) (Wu-Tang Clan) (45)
- 1972 - Jesse Tobias (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Morrissey) (44)
- 1975 - John Butler (41)
- 1980 - Kip Moore (36)
- 1981 - Hannah Spearritt (S Club 7) (35)
- 1986 - Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum) (30)
- 1917 - Scott Joplin - Syphilitic dementia (49)
- 1984 - Marvin Gaye - Murdered (44)
- 1998 - Rozz Williams (born Roger Painter) (Christian Death) - Suicide (34)
- 1999 - Jesse Stone (producer) (97)
- 2004 - Paul Atkinson (Zombies) - Liver and kidney disease (58)
- 2005 - Jack Keller (songwriter) - Leukemia (68)
On This Day:
- 1955 - George Martin was promoted to head of A&R at Parlophone.
- 1956 - Elvis Presley did a screen test at MGM.
- 1961 - The Beatles played the first of 91 straight nights at The Top Ten Club in Hamburg, Germany.
- 1963 - Fats Domino signed with ABC-Paramount Records.
- 1967 - The Country Music Hall of Fame opened in Nashville.
- 1969 - Slade, than known as Ambrose Slade, played live for the first time in Walsall, England.
- 1969 - The Beach Boys said they were suing Capitol Records for $2 million in back royalties.
- 1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono released press statements that they were having dual sex change operations.
- 1970 - London's Earl's Court received over one million requests for tickets for the Rolling Stones' upcoming six dates.
- 1972 - The Mar Y Sol festival in Puerto Rico opened its three day run.
- 1976 - AC/DC made their live debut in Britain.
- 1976 - The Buzzcocks played live for the first time in Bolton, England. They were cut off after three songs.
- 1978 - The Philadelphia Fury soccer team, owned by Paul Simon, James Taylor, Peter Frampton and others, made their debut.
- 1983 - Kirk Hammett joined Metallica.
- 1985 - Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins collapsed from exhaustion.
- 1985 - David Lee Roth quit Van Halen.
- 1990 - Willie Nelson's tour bus was in an accident with a car, killing the car's driver.
- 1992 - Billy Idol was fined $2,000 for hitting a woman in the face the previous October.
- 2002 - Paul McCartney opened his Driving USA Tour in Oakland, CA.
- 2005 - U2 opened their Vertigo World Tour in Anaheim, CA.
- 2006 - Eric Church made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
- 1990 - Duff McKegan (Guns N' Roses) and Mandy Brix (Lame Flames)
- 1961 - This Time - Troy Shondell
- 1966 - Wild Thing - Troggs
- 1966 - Do Anything You Say - David Bowie (debut solo single)
- 2008 - Troubadour - George Strait
- 1975 - Shang-a-Lang (Britain's ITV) - Debut of Bay City Rollers' show
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
- 1989 - Eternal Flame - Bangles (1 week)
- 2006 - Temperature - Sean Paul (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles: