Almanac: July 2, 2016
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1916 - Ken Curtis (Sons of the Pioneers, actor) (d. 1991)
- 1919 - Fred Maddox (Maddox Brothers and Rose) (d. 1992)
- 1923 - Janette Carter (Carter Family) (d. 2006)
- 1925 - Marvin Rainwater (d. 2013)
- 1925 - Culley Holt (Jordinaires) (d. 1980)
- 1927 - Lee Allen (d. 1994)
- 1934 - Tom Springfield (Springfields) (82)
- 1937 - Dee Palmer (born David Palmer) (Jethro Tull) (79)
- 1939 - Leapy Lee (77)
- 1939 - Paul Williams (Temptations) (d. 1973)
- 1945 - Peter Cruickshank (Groundhogs) (71)
- 1948 - Gene McFadden (McFadden & Whitehead) (d. 2006)
- 1949 - Roy Bittan (E-Street Band) (67)
- 1950 - Duncan Mackay (Cockney Rebel) (63)
- 1951 - Joe Puerta (Ambrosia) (62)
- 1952 - Johnny Colla (Huey Lewis & the News) (61)
- 1952 - Wayne Haner (Axe) (61)
- 1954 - Pete Briquette (Boomtown Rats) (60)
- 1956 - Jeff Cooper (Midnight Star) (60)
- 1957 - Mike Anker (Blow Monkeys) (58)
- 1963 - Anne-Marie Ruddock (Amazulu) (53)
- 1964 - Roy Boulter (Farm) (52)
- 1965 - Dave Parsons (Bush) (51)
- 1970 - Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) (46)
- 1974 - Rocky Gray (Evanescence) (42)
- 1983 - Michele Branch (33)
- 1985 - Ashley Tisdale (31)
- 1986 - Lindsay Lohan (30)
- 1968 - John Calvin Maddox (Maddox Brothers and Rose) (52)
- 1982 - DeFord Bailey (first African-American to play the Grand Ole Opry) (82)
- 1999 - Mark Sandman (Morphine) - Heart attack (47)
- 2007 - Hy Zaret (composer Unchained Melody) (99)
On This Day
- 1958 - Elvis Presley's King Creole debuted.
- 1962 - Jimi Hendrix was discharged from the army.
- 1964 - Jim Reeves recorded his last session for RCA.
- 1966 - The Beatles were the first music group to play Tokyo's Nippon Budokan Hall. Locals protested the concert as inappropriate.
- 1969 - Mountain is formed by Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi.
- 1969 - Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
- 1971 - Queen played their first show with the lineup of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.
- 1973 - Brian Eno quit Roxy Music.
- 1976 - Brian Wilson joined the Beach Boys on stage for the first time in years.
- 1980 - Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead were arrested in San Diego for suspicion of starting a riot when they tried to break up a drug bust.
- 1981 - Bruce Springsteen played the first show in New Jersey's Brendan Byrne Arena Meadowlands Arena.
- 1982 - Nicky Headon of the Clash was arrested for stealing a bus stop sign.
- 1984 - Epic Records set a new record when they shipped two million copies of the Jackson's Victory to stores.
- 1987 - John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin came out of retirement to begin producing.
- 1990 - The Italian Catholic Church announced they would make efforts to stop Madonna from performing in Rome because of her inappropriate use of religious symbols.
- 1991 - Fifty fans were injured and 15 people were arrested when a riot broke out at a Guns N' Roses concert after Axl Rose jumped into the crowd to take a camera from a fan.
- 1992 - Mick Jagger became a grandfather when daughter Jade gave birth to a girl.
- 1997 - Bruce Springsteen received Sweden's Polar Music Prize, giving the cash prize to a Swedish school for wayward teenagers.
- 2001 - Liverpool Airport was renamed John Lennon Airport.
- 2003 - Great White cancelled their tour that was to benefit victims of the Rhode Island club fire due to money and insurance problems.
- 2003 - Delta Goodrem was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease
- 2005 - The Live 8 concert was held in cities around the world.
- 2008 - The gravestone of Ian Curtis (Joy Division) was stolen.
- 2009 - Blur reunited for their 20th anniversary for a two-day superconcert in London.
- 1964 - Mahalia Jackson and Sigmond Galloway
- 1994 - Billie Joe Armstrong and Adrienne Nesser
- 1956 - Don't Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Any Way You Want Me - Elvis Presley (first time working with Jordanaires)
- 1964 - Is It Really Over?, Missing You - Jim Reeves (final recording session)
- 1969 - Her Majesty, Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight - Beatles
- 1956 - Love Me - Buddy Holly (single)
- 1969 - A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash (single)
- 1973 - You've Never Been This Far Before - Conway Twitty (single)
- 1979 - Rust Never Sleeps - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
- 1981 - 4 - Foreigner
- 1982 - Imperial Bedroom - Elvis Costello & the Attractions
- 1984 - The Last in Line - Dio
- 1984 - Rewind (1971-1984) - Rolling Stones
- 1986 - Lyle Lovett - Lyle Lovett
- 1991 - Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection: The Greatest Novelty Records Of All Time - Various Artists
- 1991 - Into the Great Wide Open - Tom Petty
- 1991 - Trisha Yearwood - Trisha Yearwood (debut)
- 1996 - It Was Written - Nas
- 1955 - The Lawrence Welk Show - Premier
- 1958 - American Bandstand - Connie Francis, Original Casuals, Keynotes
- 1959 - American Bandstand - Jordan Brothers
- 1962 -
- 1965 - Where the Action Is - James Brown, Jody Miller, Steve Alaimo, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Linda Scott
- 1966 - American Bandstand - Vogues, Ketty Lester
- 1976 - Midnight Special - Glen Campbell (host), George Benson, Dorothy Moore, Jim Stafford, Stephen Cohn, Tribute to Donovan
- 1977 - American Bandstand - Kiki Dee, Pablo Cruise
- 1980 - Big Time (BBC) - Documentary of the marketing and recording of first single of Sheena Easton.
- 1983 - American Bandstand - Mitch Ryder
- 1966 - Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra (1 week)
- 1977 - Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) - Bill Conti (1 week)
- 1988 - Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson (1 week)
- 2005 - Inside Your Heaven - Carrie Underwood (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
- No albums reached number 1 on July 2.
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
- No R&B singles reached number 1 on July 2.
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
- 1966 - Think of Me - Buck Owens (6 weeks)
- 1977 - That Was Yesterday - Donna Fargo (1 week)
- 1983 - Love is On a Roll - Don Williams (1 week)
- 1988 - If It Don't Come Easy - Tanya Tucker (1 week)
- 2005 - Fast Cars and Freedom - Rascal Flatts (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
- 1954 - Cara Mia - David Whitfield (10 weeks)
- 1977 - So You Win Again - Hot Chocolate (3 weeks)
- 1983 - Baby Jane - Rod Stewart (3 weeks)
- 1995 - Boom Boom Boom - Outhere Brothers (4 weeks)
- 2000 - The Real Slim Shady - Eminem (1 week)
- 2006 - Hips Don't Lie - Shakira Featuring Wyclef Jean (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
- 1977 - A Star is Born - Barbara Streisand (2 weeks)
- 1988 - Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman (3 weeks)
- 1994 - Happy Nation - Ace of Base (2 weeks)
- 2000 - Alone With Everybody - Richard Ashcroft (1 week)
- 2006 - Liberation Transmission - Lostprophets (1 week)