- 1910 - Howlin' Wolf (born Chester Arthur Burnett) (d. 1976)
- 1922 - Judy Garland (d. 1969)
- 1931 - João Gilberto (85)
- 1934 - Gerald Gregory (Spaniels, Orioles) (82)
- 1941 - Shirley Alston Reeves (Shirelles) (75)
- 1941 - Mickey Jones (First Edition) (75)
- 1944 - Rick Price (Move, Electric Light Orchestra, Wizzard) (72)
- 1946 - Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum) (70)
- 1961 - Kim Deal (Pixies, Breeders) (55)
- 1961 - Kelley Deal (Breeders) (55)
- 1961 - Maxi Priest (born Max Elliot) (55)
- 1961 - Mark Shaw (Then Jerico) (55)
- 1964 - Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins) (52)
- 1965 - Joey Santiago (Pixies) (51)
- 1967 - Emma Anderson (Lush) (48)
- 1967 - Darren Robinson (Fat Boys) (d. 1995)
- 1970 - Mike Doughty (46)
- 1971 - Joel "JoJo" Hailey (K-Ci & JoJo) (45)
- 1973 - Faith Evans (43)
- 1973 - Flesh-N-Bone (born Stanley Howse) (43)
- 1978 - LeMisha Grinstead (702) (38)
- 1979 - Lee Brice (37)
- 1981 - Hoku (born Hoku Ho) (35)
- 1987 - Tinchy Stryder (born Kwasi Danquah) (29)
- 1970 - Earl Grant - Car accident (39)
- 1982 - Addie "Micki" Harris (Shirelles) - Heart attack (42)
- 1998 - Steve Sanders (Oak Ridge Boys) - Suicide (45)
- 2004 - Ray Charles - Liver cancer (73)
- 2004 - Graeme Kelling (Deacon Blue) - Pancreatic cancer (47)
- 2009 - Barry Beckett (Fame rhythm section) (66)
On This Day:
- 1966 - Big Brother & the Holding Company make their first live appearance with new lead singer Janis Joplin.
- 1966 - Steve Marriott collapsed on stage on the U.K. TV show Ready Steady Go. He was performing with his group Small Faces.
- 1967 - The KFRC Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Festival in Marin County, CA is considered to be the first rock festival. Over two days, performers included the Miracles, the Byrds, Wilson Pickett, the Seeds, the Blues Magoos, Jefferson Airplane, the Doors and Country Joe & the Fish.
- 1971 - Police tear gas the crowd at a Jethro Tull concert in Denver, CO.
- 1976 - Alice Cooper collapsed right before his Goes to Hell tour is to begin. The tour is cancelled.
- 1977 - Joe Strummer and Nicky Headon of The Clash are fined in a London court for spray painting the band name on a wall.
- 1978 - During a Rolling Stone tour opener in Lakewood, FL, Bill Wyman falls off the stage.
- 1978 - Johnny Cash received the United Nations Humanitarian Award.
- 1981 - Andy Gibb opened in the Los Angeles production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.
- 1981 - Bob Dylan kicked off his Shot of Love tour in Chicago.
- 1981 - Asia is formed by Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, John Wetton and Carl Palmer.
- 1985 - Barbara Mandrell performed for the first time after her accident at the Music City News Awards show.
- 1986 - The Grateful Dead were forced to cancel their current tour when Jerry Garcia goes into a diabetic coma for five days.
- 1988 - Ricky Van Shelton became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
- 1990 - Members of 2 Live Crew are arrested and charged with obscenity after a show in Hollywood, FL.
- 1991 - Eddie Kendricks of the Temptations was arrested at the funeral of David Ruffin for owing $26,000 in child support. Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin sang at the ceremony and Michael Jackson paid all of the costs.
- 1992 - A Los Angeles judge throws out a $25 million palimony suit against Rod Stewart by model Kelly Emberg.
- 1993 - Sinead O'Connor bought a full page ad in the Irish Times asking people to "stop hurting me please."
- 1997 - Joni Mitchell, Phil Spector and Harlan Howard were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
- 1998 - DMX (Earl Simmons) is arrested on charges of rape, sodomy and unlawful imprisonment.
- 2002 - Marti Pellow of Wet Wet Wet made his London West End premier in the musical Chicago.
- 2004 - Peter Garrett of Midnight Oil announced he was running for the Australian Parliament.
- 2005 - Carrie Underwood made her Grand Ole Opry debut.
- 2006 - Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones got together at a secret rehearsal space to play together for the first time in eleven years. They were running through music for the Ahmet Ertegun tribute that would happen in the fall.
- 2007 - The Rollings Stones played the Isle of Wight Festival, their first U.K. festival appearance since Knebworth Fair in 1976.
- 2009 - Chastity Bono, daughter of Cher and Sonny Bono, underwent a sex change operation.
- 2009 - Alan Jackson celebrated twenty years since signing his first record contract with a free concert at the Cadillac Ranch in Nashville.
- 2012 - Wynonna Judd and Cactus Moser (Highway 101)
- 1942 - Jingle Jangle Jingle - Gene Autrey
- 1964 - It's All Over Now and Time is On My Side - Rolling Stones (at Chess Studios in Chicago)
- 1964 - Together Again and Love's Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens
- 1966 - Rain - Beatles (first use of reverse tapes)
- 1971 - Some Time in New York City - John Lennon (recorded live when John & Yoko joined Frank Zappa at the Fillmore East for a jam)
- 1972 - Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden - Elvis Presley (Afternoon show)
- 1957 - To the Aisle - 5 Satins (single)
- 1957 - Happy Happy Birthday Baby - Tune Weavers (single)
- 1957 - Mr. Lee - Bobbettes (single)
- 1957 - Desiree - Charts (single)
- 1963 - The Patsy Cline Story - Patsy Cline
- 1964 - A Hard Days Night - Beatles (single and album)
- 1966 - Paradise, Hawaiian Style - Elvis Presley
- 1967 - I Was Made to Love Her - Stevie Wonder (single)
- 1975 - One of These Nights - Eagles
- 1978 - Life's Been Good - Joe Walsh (single)
- 1980 - Uprising - Bob Marley & the Wailers
- 1983 - Body Wishes - Rod Stewart
- 1983 - State of Confusion - Kinks
- 1983 - The Wild Heart - Stevie Nicks
- 1985 - The Beach Boys - Beach Boys
- 1985 - Empire Burlesque - Bob Dylan
- 1985 - Fables of the Reconstruction - R.E.M.
- 1997 - Drag - k.d. lang
- 2003 - Hail to the Thief - Radiohead
- 2003 - Bare - Annie Lennox
- 2003 - Everything Must Go - Steely Dan
- 2003 - Dance With My Father - Luther Vandross
- 2008 - Tha Carter III - Lil Wayne
- 2009 - Mojo Awards
- Hall of Fame - Jimmy Page
- Album - Richard Hawley
- Song - Fire - Kasabian
- Classic Album - The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
- Maverick - Hawkwind
- 1966 - Where the Action Is - Fortunes, Roy Orbison
- 1977 - Midnight Special - Emmylou Harris & Little Feat (host), Paul Barrere, Bonnie Raitt, Weather Report, Jessie Winchester
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
- 1944 - I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You) - Harry James (3 weeks)
- 1972 - The Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr. (3 weeks)
- 1978 - You're the One That I Want - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (1 week)
- 1989 - Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
- 1961 (Mono Albums) - Camelot - Original Broadway Cast (6 weeks)
- 1961 (Stereo Albums) - Exodus - Ernest Gold / Soundtrack (6 weeks (8 previous weeks at number 1))
- 2000 - The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem (8 weeks)
- 2006 - Taking the Long Way - Dixie Chicks (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles:
- 1957 - Searchin' - Coasters (10 weeks)
- 1989 - Me, Myself and I - De La Soul (1week)
- 1995 - Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days) - Monica (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles:
- 1944 - Straighten Up and Fly Right - King Cole Trio (3 weeks)
- 1978 - Georgia On My Mind - Willie Nelson (1 week)
- 1989 - A Better Man - Clint Black (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
- 1989 - Sealed With a Kiss - Jason Donovan (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
- 1967 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles (23 weeks)
- 1972 - Exile on Main St. - Rolling Stones (1 week)
- 1989 - Ten Good Reasons - Jason Donovan (2 seeks)
- 1995 - P*U*L*S*E - Pink Floyd (2 weeks)
- 2001 - Amnesiac - Radiohead (1 week)
- 2007 - Good Girl Gone Bad - Rihanna (1 week)