- 1913 - Muddy Waters (born McKinley Morganfield) (d. 1983)
- 1922 - Elmer Bernstein (d. 2004)
- 1932 - Clive Davis (84)
- 1936 - Margo Sylvia (Tune Weavers) (d. 1991)
- 1938 - Norro Wilson (songwriter) (78)
- 1938 - Michael Parks (77)
- 1939 - Hugh Masakela (77)
- 1940 - Sharon Sheeley (Songwriter) (d. 2002)
- 1941 - Major Lance (d. 1994)
- 1942 - Kris Jensen (74)
- 1944 - Bob McDill (songwriter) (72)
- 1945 - Knox Carnochan (Vibrators) (71)
- 1946 - Dave Hill (Slade) (70)
- 1948 - David "Pick" Withers (Dire Straits) (68)
- 1948 - Gail Davies (68)
- 1948 - Berry Oakley (Allman Brothers) (d. 1972)
- 1951 - Steve Gatlin (Gatlin Brothers) (65)
- 1951 - Pete Haycock (Climax Blues Band) (65)
- 1952 - Gary Moore (Skid Row, Thin Lizzy) (d. 2011)
- 1957 - Graeme Kelling (Deacon Blue) (d. 2004)
- 1962 - Craig Adams (Sisters of Mercy, Mission, Cult, Alarm) (54)
- 1963 - David Gavurin (Sundays) (53)
- 1966 - Mike Starr (Alice in Chains) (50)
- 1968 - Mark Yates (Terrorvision) (48)
- 1971 - Clay Davidson (45)
- 1972 - Jill Scott (44)
- 1972 - Magnus Sveningsson (Cardigans) (44)
- 1975 - Phil A. Jimenez (Wheatus) (41)
- 1977 - Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) (39)
- 1978 - Lemar (born Lemar Obika) (38)
- 1979 - Andy McKee (37)
- 1980 - Johnny Borrell (Razorlight) (36)
- 1980 - Red Sovine - Heart attack (61)
- 2011 - Scott Columbus (Manowar) (54)
On This Day:
- 1956 - After performing in San Diego, Elvis Presley received notice from the local authorities saying that if he ever returned to the city and performed in the same way, he would be arrested for disorderly conduct.
- 1959 - Bill Anderson debuted at the Grand Ole Opry.
- 1960 - RCA began releasing singles in both stereo and mono, starting with Elvis Presley's Stuck on You.
- 1964 - The Beatles held the top five spots on the Billboard Singles chart with Can't Buy Me Love, Love Me Do, Roll Over Beethoven, I Want to Hold Your Hand and Please Please Me.
- 1965 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote Help!
- 1968 - James Brown makes a nationally broadcast appeal for calm after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- 1968 - After hearing of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Ted Nugent, Joni Mitchell and Al Kooper met at the New Generation Club in New York for an all-night music session.
- 1970 - Janis Joplin and Big Brother & the Holding Company play a reunion show in San Francisco.
- 1974 - Ladies & Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones opens and is the first film with a quadraphonic soundtrack.
- 1979 - Helen Reddy taped a special for NBC and then, after a disagreement on when it would air, bought it from them for $500,000.
- 1981 - The documentary This Is Elvis premiered at the USA Film Festival.
- 1990 - Gloria Estefan left the hospital after injuring her back on March 20 in a bus accident.
- 1994 - Kurt Cobain's mother called police to file a missing persons report on her son.
- 1996 - Wilson Pickett was arrested for cocaine possession while on probation.
- 1996 - The ashes of Jerry Garcia were scattered in the Ganges River in India.
- 2000 - Diana Ross announced she would reunite with the current version of the Supremes, which didn't include any of the original members.
- 2001 - Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent of the Zombies play together live for the first time in more than thirty years.
- 2002 - Dave Mustaine announces he is breaking up Megadeth due to compressed nerves in his hands.
- 2002 - Aaron Kamin of the Calling received a serious shock during a sound check in Bangkok, Thailand.
- 2003 - The Rolling Stones play their first show ever in India.
- 2003 - Meat Loaf says he is retiring after one last world tour.
- 2003 - Sebastian Bach was fired from a touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
- 2005 - A reformed Queen with Paul Rodgers play a Rome show in deference to a city request that they postpone the show after the death of Pope John Paul II earlier in the week.
- 2008 - A London Appeals court overturned a ruling saying that Procol Harum's Gary Brooker had to pay 40% of the royalties for A Whiter Shade of Pale to then organist Matthew Fisher. The court faulted Fisher for waiting forty years to file.
- 2008 - The Stone Temple Pilots announced they were reuniting for a major tour.
- 2008 - The Rolling Stones concert film Shine a Light was released.
- 1995 - Tupac Shakur and Keisha Morris
- 2004 - Beck and Marissa Rabisi
- 2008 - Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z
- 1939 - Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller
- 1940 - Ernest Tubb had his first recording session for Decca
- 1960 - Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley
- 1988 - Streets of Bakersfield - Buck Owens & Dwight Yoakam
- 1958 - Twilight Time - Platters (single)
- 1977 - The Clash - Clash (U.K. release)
- 1995 - The Road Goes on Forever - The Highwaymen
- 2000 - Can't Take Me Home - Pink (debut album)
- 1960 - Academy Awards
- Original Song - High Hopes - Jimmy Van Heusen & Sammy Kahn
- 1981 - Eurovision Song Contest
- Winner - Making Up Your Mind - Bucks Fizz
- 1967 - Dee Time (BBC) - Jimi Hendrix, Kiki Dee, Cat Stevens
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
- 1964 - Can't Buy Me Love - Beatles (5 weeks)
- 1987 - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
- 1981 - Paradise Theater - Styx (2 weeks)
- 1992 - Wayne's World - Soundtrack (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
- 1963 - Summer Holiday - Cliff Richard & the Shadows (1 week)
- 1987 - Let It Be - Ferry Aid (Paul McCartney, Boy George, Mark Knopfler, Kim Wilde, Nik Kershaw, Kate Bush and others) (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
- 1992 - Human Touch - Bruce Springsteen (1 week)