- 1893 - Blind Lemon Jefferson (d. 1929)
- 1931 - Thurston Harris (d. 1990)
- 1932 - Alex Hassilev (Limeliters) (84)
- 1932 - Roquel "Billy" Davis (producer, writer) (d. 2004)
- 1938 - Terry Garthwaite (Joy of Cooking) (78)
- 1944 - Bobby G. Rice (72)
- 1947 - John Holt (Paragons) (69)
- 1949 - Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) (67)
- 1950 - Bonnie Pointer (Pointer Sisters) (66)
- 1953 - Benny Defranco (63)
- 1957 - Peter Murphy (Bauhaus) (59)
- 1957 - Michael Rose (Black Uhuru) (59)
- 1959 - Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) (57)
- 1959 - Suzanne Vega (57)
- 1960 - David Baerwald (David & David) (56)
- 1965 - Scott Shriner (Weezer) (51)
- 1966 - Mel Appleby (Mel & Kim) (d. 1990)
- 1973 - Andrew Bird (43)
- 1973 - Scotty Emerick (43)
- 1974 - Lil' Kim (born Kimberly Jones) (42)
- 1975 - Rick McMurray (Ash) (41)
- 1982 - Lil Zane (born Zane Copeland, Jr.) (34)
- 1991 - Roger Christian (songwriter) - Suicide (57)
- 1992 - Herb Kenny (Ink Spots) (77)
- 1996 - Louis Gottlieb (Limeliters) (72)
- 2006 - Bill Miller (piano player for Frank Sinatra) (91)
- 2010 - Walter Hawkins (Edwin Hawkins Singers) (61)
- 2014 - Tommy Ramone (born Thomas Erdelyi) (Ramones) - Bile duct cancer (65)
On This Day
- 1951 - Allan Freed broadcasts his first R&B radio program from WJW in Cleveland, OH.
- 1959 - Joan Baez appeared at the first Newport Folk Festival as a guest of Don Gibson. The performance is recorded, a first for Baez.
- 1967 - Kenny Rogers quit the New Christy Minstrels to form the First Edition.
- 1979 - Neil Young's film Rust Never Sleeps premiered.
- 1982 - Phil Collen replaced Pete Willis in Def Leppard.
- 1982 - Dolly Parton's The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas premiers in Austin, TX.
- 1992 - A set of eight ties designed by Jerry Garcia went on sale in the U.S.
- 1995 - Mike Mills of R.E.M. has to temporarily drop from the group's Monster tour for abdominal surgery.
- 1996 - Beck made a surprise appearance at Lollapalooza.
- 2000 - Richard Ashcroft was sued by his former manager for breach of contract.
- 2000 - Lars Ulrich was the first to testify at the U.S. Senate's hearing on music sharing and copyright.
- 2002 - John Entwistle's funeral was held in Cotswolds, England.
- 2005 - Victor Willis of the Village People (Cop) was arrested after police find a gun and drugs in his auto.
- 1976 - Andy Gibb and Kim Reeder
- 1976 - Frank Sinatra and Barbara Marx
- 1991 - Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager (filed)
- 1930 - Blue Yodel No. 8 (Mule Skinner Blues) - Jimmie Rodgers
- 1946 - Dean Martin recorded his first four songs
- 1952 - Jambalaya, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive and Setting the Woods on Fire - Hank Williams
- 1955 - Mystery Train, I Forgot to Remember to Forget - Elvis Presley
- 1963 - Love Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens
- 1964 - Where Did Our Love Go - Supremes (single)
- 1968 - Waiting for the Sun - Doors
- 1969 - Space Oddity - David Bowie (1st U.K. release)
- 1969 - Honky Tonk Woman - Rolling Stones (single)
- 1970 - Summertime Blues - Who (single)
- 1975 - Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac
- 1977 - Village People - Village People (debut)
- 1980 - Vienna - Ultravox
- 1981 - High N' Dry - Def Leppard
- 1983 - The Principles of Moments - Robert Plant
- 1988 - UB40 - UB40
- 1989 - Cuts Both Ways - Gloria Estefan
- 1989 - Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich - Warrant
- 1994 - Voodoo Lounge - Rolling Stones
- 2010 - Lightning Bolt - Pearl Jam
- 1960 - American Bandstand - Kim Charney
- 1961 - American Bandstand - Maxine Brown, Al Martino
- 1962 - American Bandstand - Fats Domino
- 1963 - American Bandstand - Doris Troy
- 1964 - American Bandstand - Roger Miller, Johnny Rivers
- 1966 - Where the Action Is - Roy Orbison, Bachelors, Tina Mason, Paul Revere & the Raiders
- 1970 - American Bandstand - Alive & Kicking, Impressions
- 1975 - Midnight Special - Blue Magic, Kiss, Jenny Rankin, Tribute to Helen Reddy
- 1980 - Midnight Special - Rupert Holmes (host), Manhattans, Ritchie Family, Village People
- 1981 - American Bandstand - George Thorogood & the Destroyers
- 1987 - American Bandstand - Richard Marx
- 1988 - Beastiography (MTV) - Beastie Boys)
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1960 - Alley Oop - Hollywood Argyles (1 week)
- 1970 - Mama Told Me Not to Come - Three Dog Night (2 weeks)
- 1987 - Alone - Heart (3 weeks)
- 2009 - I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas (14 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
- 1959 (Stereo Albums) - South Pacific - Soundtrack (1 week (6 previous weeks at number 1))
- 1970 - Woodstock: Music From the Original Soundtrack and More (4 weeks)
- 2009 - The E.N.D. - Black Eyed Peas (1 week (1 previous week at number 1))
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
- 1960 - There's Something On Your Mind (Part 2) - Bobby Marchan (1 week)
- 1992 - Tennessee - Arrested Development (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
- 1953 - It's Been So Long - Webb Pierce (8 weeks)
- 1981 - Fire & Smoke - Earl Thomas Conley (1 week)
- 1987 - All My Ex's Live in Texas - George Strait (1 week)
- 1998 - The Shoes You're Wearing - Clint Black (1 week)
- 2009 - Sideways - Dierks Bentley (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
- 1981 - Ghost Town - Specials (3 weeks)
- 1993 - Pray - Take That (4 weeks)
- 1999 - Livin' La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin (3 weeks)
- 2010 - The Club is Alive - JLS (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
- 1970 - Self Portrait - Bob Dylan (1 week)
- 1981 - Love Songs - Cliff Richard (5 weeks)
- 2004 - Room on the 3rd Floor - McFly (1 week)
- 2010 - Aphrodite - Kylie Minogue (1 week)