- 1908 - Tim Spencer (Sons of the Pioneers) (d. 1974)
- 1942 - Roger McGuinn (74)
- 1942 - Stephen Jo Bladd (J. Geils Band) (74)
- 1942 - Jay Uzell (Corsairs) (74)
- 1946 - Cheech Marin (70)
- 1949 - David Wilcox (67)
- 1954 - Louise Mandrell (62)
- 1955 - Mark "Animal" Mendoza (Dictators, Twisted Sister) (61)
- 1957 - Cameron Crowe (59)
- 1959 - Brent Mason (57)
- 1961 - Lawrence Donegan (Bluebells, Lloyd Cole & the Comotions) (55)
- 1962 - Rhonda Vincent (54)
- 1962 - Victoria Shaw (54)
- 1963 - Bobby Rock (Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Nelson) (53)
- 1965 - Neil Thrasher (51)
- 1966 - Gerald Levert (d. 2006)
- 1967 - Benny Benassi (49)
- 1974 - Deborah Cox (42)
- 1988 - Tula Paulinea "Tulisa" Contostavlos (N-Dubz) (28)
- 1946 - Riley Puckett (Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers) - Blood poisoning (42)
- 1994 - Eddie Boyd (79)
- 2004 - Arthur Kane (New York Dolls) - Leukemia (55)
On This Day
- 1962 - Bob Dylan signed with publisher Witmark.
- 1965 - Paul McCartney won five Ivor Novello Awards.
- 1967 - Herman's Hermits started their North American tour in Calgary with opening act The Who.
- 1968 - Black Sabbath played their first show at a club in Birmingham, England.
- 1969 - The Ballad of John and Yoko by the Beatles proved to be too much for over 100 U.S. radio stations who banned the song over the lyrics "Christ, you know it ain't easy."
- 1971 - David Cassidy had his gall bladder removed.
- 1978 - The Sex Pistols single No One is Innocent was banned by the BBC because wanted criminal Ronnie Biggs (the Great Train Robbery) sang lead.
- 1985 - Live Aid was held in London and Philadelphia with performances by Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, the Who, U2, Queen, Tom Petty, Hall & Oates and many more.
- 1985 - Elton John re-signed with MCA Records for five albums/$8 million (a record for the time).
- 1987 - Bette Midler lost her court case against Ford over their use of a sound-alike singer in their commercials.
- 1990 - Curtis Mayfield was seriously injured when a lighting rig was blown over on him during an outdoor Brooklyn concert.
- 1993 - Geddy Lee of Rush sang Oh Canada at the Baseball All-Star Game.
- 1997 - Anthony Kiedis was in a serious motorcycle accident and required five hours of surgery.
- 1997 - John Denver's trial for a DUI ended in a hung jury.
- 1998 - Marilyn Manson cancels from seven European festivals after band member Ginger Fish gets mononucleosis.
- 1999 - The Manic Street Preachers postponed their U.S. tour when the mother of James Dean Bradfield became ill.
- 1999 - The New Radicals broke up after one album and one hit single (You Get What You Give).
- 1999 - Paul McCartney had 73 of his painting go on exhibition at the Kunstforum Lyz Gallery in Siegen, Germany.
- 2000 - James Brown was charged with assaulting a utility worker and holding him against his will in an confrontation that occurred on July 3.
- 2002 - 250,000 people showed up for a free Fatboy Slim concert in Brighton, England, three-times original estimates.
- 2006 - Bassist William Boyd quit the group Evanescence.
- 2007 - Rod Stewart received a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
- 1924 - Wreck of the Old '97 - Vernon Dalhart
- 1939 - Melancholy Mood and From the Bottom of My Heart - Frank Sinatra and Harry James (their first session together)
- 1964 - Come See About Me - Supremes
- 1959 - Dedicated to the One I Love - Shirelles
- 1963 - Clown Town - Neil Diamond (debut single)
- 1964 - All Summer Long - Beach Boys
- 1968 - Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf (single)
- 1973 - Queen - Queen (debut album)
- 1974 - I Shot the Sheriff - Eric Clapton (single)
- 1987 - Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby - Terence Trent D'Arby
- 1990 - Banned in the U.S.A. - 2 Live Crew
- 1992 - Debut - Bjork (solo debut)
- 2003 - N.E.W.S. - Prince (Digital download only)
- 2004 - License to Chill - Jimmy Buffett
- 1960 - American Bandstand - Freddy Cannon
- 1961 - American Bandstand - Freddy Cannon
- 1965 - Where the Action Is - Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs, Ronnie Dove, Linda Scott, Steve Alaimo, Paul Revere & the Raiders
- 1966 - Where the Action Is - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, Ketty Lester, Robbs, Keith Allison, Tina Mason
- 1967 - Top of the Pops (BBC) - Pink Floyd
- 1968 - American Bandstand - Brenton Wood, Shirley & Alfred (Shirley Goodman & Brenton Wood), Kenny O'Dell
- 1973 - Midnight Special - Smokey Robinson (host), Miracles, Bonnie Bramlett, Martin & Finley, Rare Earth, Stylistics
- 1974 - American Bandstand - Andy Kim, Main Ingredient
- 1985 - American Bandstand - Laura Branigan
- 1994 - The Tonight Show - KISS, Garth Brooks
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1959 - Lonely Boy - Paul Anka (4 weeks)
- 1974 - Rock Your Baby - George McCrae (2 weeks)
- 1985 - A View to a Kill - Duran Duran (2 weeks)
- 1996 - How Do U Want It/California Love - 2Pac Featuring K-Ci and JoJo/2Pac Featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman
- 1974 - Caribou - Elton John (4 weeks)
- 1985 - Songs From the Big Chair - Tears For Fears (4 weeks)
- 2002 - Nellyville - Nelly (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
- 1968 - Grazing in the Grass - Hugh Masekela (4 weeks)
- 1985 - Hangin' on a String (Contemplating) - Loose Ends (1 week)
- 1991 - Exclusivity - Damian Dame (2 weeks)
- 2002 - Hot in Here - Nelly (6 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
- 1985 - Forgiving You Was Easy - Willie Nelson (1 week)
- 1996 - No One Needs to Know - Shania Twain (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
- 1997 - D'You Know What I Mean? - Oasis (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
- 1974 - Caribou - Elton John (2 weeks)
- 2002 - By the Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers (3 weeks)