- 1913 - Elton Britt (d. 1972)
- 1925 - Doc Pomus (d. 1991)
- 1934 - Ersel Hickey (d. 2004)
- 1942 - Bruce Johnston (Beach Boys) (74)
- 1942 - Frank Mills (74)
- 1951 - Gilson Lavis (Squeeze, Jools Holland's Rhythm & Blues Orchestra) (68)
- 1958 - Jeffrey Lee Pierce (Gun Club) (d. 1996)
- 1958 - Lisa Germano (58)
- 1959 - Lorrie Morgan (57)
- 1962 - Michael Ball (54)
- 1970 - Laurence Colbert (Ride) (46)
- 1974 - Big Moe (born Kenneth Moore) (d. 2007)
- 1976 - Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer) (40)
- 1978 - Lolly (born Anna Kumble) (38)
- 1985 - Coby Linder (Say Anything) (31)
- 1986 - Joe Maphis (country music guitarist) (65)
- 1992 - Stefanie Ann Sargent (7 Year Bitch) - Asphyxiation after drinking alcohol and taking heroin (24)
- 1999 - Brian O'Hara (Fourmost) - Suicide (56)
- 2002 - John Entwistle (Who) - Heart attack induced by cocaine (57)
- 2009 - Gale Storm (87)
- 2009 - Fayette Pickney (Three Degrees) - Acute respiratory failure (61)
- 2014 - Bobby Womack (70)
On This Day:
- 1967 - Mick Jagger was found guilty of illegal possession of drugs while at a party thrown by Keith Richards.
- 1968 - Elvis Presley started filming what would become known as his Comeback Special. It would eventually air in December.
- 1969 - The Denver Pop Festival was marred when violence broke out and police came in with clubs and tear gas.
- 1970 - The Trans-Continental Pop Festival (aka Festival Express) began with Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, the Band, the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Buddy Guy Blues Band traveling between cities in Canada by train.
- 1970 - Freddie Mercury made his live debut with the group Smile (soon to be Queen) in Cornwall, England.
- 1971 - Bill Graham closed the Fillmore East. The final concert featured the Allman Brothers, the Beach Boys and Mountain.
- 1976 - John Lennon finally became an American citizen when he receives his green card.
- 1978 - Kansas was selected as the United Nations Deputy Ambassadors of Goodwill, the first time a group was ever chosen.
- 1980 - John Bonham collapsed on stage during a Led Zeppelin show in Nuremberg, Germany.
- 1986 - Black Flag played their last show in Detroit, MI.
- 1987 - Madonna opened the North American leg of her Who's That Girl tour in Miami, FL.
- 1988 - MCA Records bought Motown Records for $61 million.
- 1988 - The Fat Boys sued Miller Brewing Company over a commercial that showed the lookalikes.
- 1988 - Cyndi Lauper finally received her diploma from Richmond Hills High School in New York.
- 1989 - Tom Jones received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 1989 - The Who performed Tommy at Radio City Music Hall to benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- 1991 - Carlos Santana was arrested at the Houston airport when marijuana was found in his luggage.
- 1992 - Michael Jackson began the Dangerous World Tour in Munich, Germany.
- 1994 - Aerosmith embraced new technology when they became the first band to allow fans to download a full track on the internet.
- 1996 - At a Fugees concert in New York, a man injured 22 people when he began firing into the crowd.
- 1996 - Billy Ray Cyrus carried the Olympic Torch through Nashville.
- 1998 - Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray and Bryan Adams received stars on the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto.
- 2000 - A San Francisco appeals court ruled that the Rolling Stones had broken copyright on the Robert Johnson songs Love in Vain and Stop Breakin' Down. Their record company had assumed that the songs were in the public domain.
- 2000 - Gary Barlow was dropped by RCA Records by "mutual consent."
- 2003 - Rapper Mystikal plead guilty to aggravated rape and was sentenced to five year probation.
- 2005 - Ralph Stanley underwent triple-bypass surgery.
- 2005 - The Supreme Court of the U.S. rules that file-sharing networks are liable for copyright infringement performed through their program.
- 2006 - Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses is arrested for allegedly biting a security guard on the leg.
- 1993 - Lyle Lovett and Julia Roberts
- 2009 - Eddie Van Halen and Janie Liszewski
- 2007 - Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) and Donna D'Errico
- 1949 - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autrey
- 1953 - You Can't Keep a Good Man Down - Dominoes (Jackie Wilson's recording debut)
- 1962 - I've Been Everywhere - Hank Snow
- 1953 - Gee - Crows
- 1964 - Little Old Lady From Pasadena - Jan & Dean (single)
- 1966 - Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan
- 1966 - Freak Out! - Mothers of Invention
- 1974 - From the Mars Hotel - Grateful Dead
- 1981 - No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith - Motörhead
- 1983 - You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll - Twisted Sister
- 1986 - Destiny - Chaka Khan
- 1986 - Rage for Order - Queensrÿche
- 1988 - 20 Years of Jethro Tull - Jethro Tull (box set)
- 1989 - Cosmic Thing - B-52's
- 1989 - The End of the Innocence - Don Henley
- 1989 - Heart Shaped World - Chris Isaak
- 1992 - Black Moon - Emerson, Lake and Palmer
- 1994 - Keb' Mo' - Keb' Mo' (debut)
- 1994 - One Foot in the Grave - Beck
- 1995 - These Days - Bon Jovi
- 1995 - Mirror Ball - Neil Young & Pearl Jam
- 2000 - Country Grammar - Nelly
- 2000 - Half Hour of Power - Sum 41 (debut)
- 1966 - Where the Action Is - First Anniversary Show - Miracles, Righteous Brothers, Sam Riddle, Keith Allison
- 1975 - Midnight Special - Ace, Jessi Colter, Rose, Leo Sayer, Temptations
- 1980 - Midnight Special - Ambrosia (host), Rocky Burnette, Gerry Rafferty, Pretenders, Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
- 1960 - Everybody's Somebody's Fool - Connie Francis (2 weeks)
- 1964 - A World Without Love - Peter and Gordon (1 week)
- 1981 - Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes (4 weeks (5 previous weeks at number 1))
- 1987 - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
- 1959 (Mono Albums) - Exotica - Martin Denny (5 weeks)
- 1981 - Mistaken Identity - Kim Carnes (4 weeks)
- 1987 - Whitney - Whitney Houston (11 weeks) (first album by a female vocalist to debut at number 1)
- 2009 - The E.N.D. - Black Eyed Peas (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles:
- 1992 - In the Closet - Michael Jackson (1 week)
- 2009 - Best I Ever Had - Drake (7 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles:
- 1974 - You Can't Be a Beacon (If Your Light Don't Shine) - Donna Fargo (1 week)
- 1981 - Blessed Are the Believers - Anne Murray (1 week)
- 1998 - If You See Him/If You See Her - Reba McEntire with Brooks & Dunn (2 weeks)
- 2009 - One Last Night - Kenny Chesney (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
- 1958 - On the Street Where You Live - Vic Damone (2 weeks)
- 1981 - One Day in Your Life - Michael Jackson (2 weeks)
- 1999 - 9 PM (Till I Come) - ATB (2 weeks)
- 2007 - Obviously - McFly (1 week)
- 2010 - California Gurls - Katy Perry Featuring Snoop Dogg (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
- 1981 - No Sleep 'til Hammersmith - Motorhead (1 week)
- 1999 - Surrender - Chemical Brothers (1 week)
- 2004 - A Grand Don't Come For Free - Streets (1 week)
- 2010 - Recovery - Eminem (2 weeks)