- 1899 - Duke Ellington (d. 1974)
- 1915 - Donald Mills (Mills Brothers) (d. 1999)
- 1927 - Big Jay McNeely (89)
- 1928 - Carl Gardner (Coasters) (d. 2011)
- 1929 - Ray Barretto (d. 2006)
- 1931 - Lonnie Donegan (d. 2002)
- 1933 - Willie Nelson (83)
- 1933 - Rod McKuen (d. 2015)
- 1935 - Otis Rush (81)
- 1936 - April Stevens (born Carol LoTempio) (Nino Tempo & April Stevens) (80)
- 1938 - Klaus Voormann (Manfred Mann) (78)
- 1942 - Bob Miranda (Happenings) (74)
- 1943 - Duane Allen (Oak Ridge Boys) (73)
- 1945 - Tammi Terrell (born Thomasina Montgomery) (d. 1970)
- 1945 - Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine) (d. 2009)
- 1947 - Tommy James (Shondells) (69)
- 1953 - Bill Drummond (KLF) (63)
- 1954 - Debora Iyall (Romeo Void) (62)
- 1957 - Mark Kendall (Great White) (59)
- 1957 - Richie Robertson (Fabulous Poodles) (59)
- 1960 - Phil King (Lush, Jesus and Mary Chain) (56)
- 1963 - Stephanie Bentley (songwriter) (53)
- 1968 - Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips) (48)
- 1970 - Master P (born Percy Miller) (46)
- 1970 - China Forbes (Pink Martini) (46)
- 1972 - James Bonamy (44)
- 1973 - Mike Hogan (Cranberries) (43)
- 1979 - Jo O'Meara (S Club 7) (37)
- 1979 - Matt Tong (Bloc Party) (37)
- 1980 - Kian Egan (Westlife) (36)
- 1981 - Tom Smith (Editors) (35)
- 1935 - Leroy Carr - Nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys) (30)
- 1961 - Cisco Houston - Stomach cancer (42)
- 1967 - J. B. Lenoir - Heart attack (38)
- 1990 - Floyd Butler (Friends of Distinction) - Heart attack (52)
- 1993 - Mick Ronson - Liver cancer (46)
- 1997 - Keith Ferguson (Fabulous Thunderbirds) (50)
On This Day:
- 1963 - Andrew Loog Oldham and Eric Easton signed a management deal with the Rolling Stones.
- 1968 - Hair opened on Broadway.
- 1976 - A guard apprehended Bruce Springsteen after he climbed over the wall into Graceland in Memphis.
- 1978 - P.J. Proby was fired from the London stage musical Elvis for changing lines.
- 1980 - Black Sabbath opened their first tour with Ronnie James Dio on lead.
- 1992 - Country's Doug Stone had quadruple-bypass surgery.
- 1993 - Guns N' Roses' Gilby Clarke broke his hand in a motorcycle accident.
- 1996 - Phil Spector pulled out of a project with Celine Dion.
- 1998 - Steven Tyler injured his knee during an Aerosmith show in Anchorage, AK, forcing the postponement of the rest of their tour.
- 1999 - Tommy Lee quit Motley Crue for his new band, Methods of Mayhem, and to spend more time with family.
- 2003 - A lawsuit brought by a concert goer against John Fogerty, alleging hearing loss at a concert, was dismissed.
- 2003 - Great White played their first show since the Station Inn fire.
- 2004 - Christina Aguilera was forced to cancel an upcoming tour due to vocal strain.
- 2005 - Mary Travers of Peter, Paul & Mary underwent a bone marrow transplant in her fight against leukemia.
- 2006 - Pete Doherty is arrested in London after a newspaper prints a photo of him allegedly injecting drugs into an unconscious girl.
- 2012 - Bobby Vee announced that he had Alzheimer's disease.
- 1989 - Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley
- 1992 - Paula Abdul and Emilio Estevez
- 1995 - Tupac Shakur and Keisha Morris
- 1988 - Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd (filed)
- 1969 - Octopus' Garden - Beatles
- 1957 - Don’t Ask Me To Be Lonely - Dubs (single)
- 1967 - Respect - Aretha Franklin (single)
- 1981 - Fair Warning - Van Halen
- 1973 - The John Denver Show (BBC 2) - John Denver (debut)
- 1993 - The Simpsons (Fox) - Barry White
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
- 1950 - Third Man Theme - Anton Karas (11 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
- 1972 - First Take - Roberta Flack (5 weeks)
- 1995 - The Lion King - Soundtrack (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
- 1955 - Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado (2 weeks)
- 1978 - Night Fever - Bee Gees (2 weeks)
- 2001 - Don't Stop Movin' - S Club 7 (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
- 1989 - A New Flame - Simply Red (1 week)
- 2001 - Free All Angels - Ash (1 week)
- 2007 - Favorite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys (3 weeks)