Almanac: July 20, 2016
- 1918 - Cindy Walker (d. 2006)
- 1933 - Buddy Knox (d. 1999)
- 1935 - Sleepy LaBeef (81)
- 1938 - Jo Ann Campbell (78)
- 1944 - T. G. Sheppard (72)
- 1945 - Kim Carnes (71)
- 1945 - John Lodge (Moody Blues) (71)
- 1946 - Johnny Almond (Mark-Almond) (70)
- 1947 - Carlos Santana (69)
- 1947 - Tony Thorpe (Rubettes) (69)
- 1952 - Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister) (64)
- 1953 - Marcia Hines (63)
- 1955 - Jem Finer (Pogues) (61)
- 1956 - Paul Cook (Sex Pistols) (60)
- 1957 - Merlina DeFranco (DeFranco Family) (59)
- 1958 - Mick MacNeil (Simple Minds) (58)
- 1959 - Radney Foster (57)
- 1962 - Dig Wayne (Jo Boxers) (54)
- 1964 - Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) (52)
- 1966 - Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam) (50)
- 1968 - Kool G Rap (born Nathaniel Wilson) (Juice Crew) (48)
- 1971 - DJ Screw (born Robert Davis) (d. 2000)
- 1972 - Vitamin C (born Colleen Fitzpatrick) (44)
- 1976 - Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother) (40)
- 1978 - Elliott Yamin (38)
- 1980 - Mike Kennerty (All-American Rejects) (36)
- 1986 - Hannah Blaylock (Eden's Edge) (30)
- 1987 - Brent Wilson (Panic at the Disco) (29)
- 1988 - Julianne Hough (28)
- 1969 - Roy Hamilton - Stroke (40)
- 1977 - Gary Kellgren (audio engineer & co-founder of The Record Plant) - Accidental drowning (38)
- 1998 - Jim Tyrrell (executive and manager) - Heart failure (67)
- 2008 - Artie Traum (65)
On This Day
- 1940 - Billboard published their first record chart taking into account sales information from all record companies.
- 1954 - Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black made their live debut as the Blue Moon Boys on the back of a truck in Memphis.
- 1961 - The Beat Boys (later the Beatles) sign a contract with Bert Kaempfert to record in Germany.
- 1965 - Frank Sinatra's hands are imprinted in concrete at Mann's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.
- 1967 - Jerry Lee Lewis opens his first U.K. tour since the scandal of marrying his 13-year-old cousin in 1958.
- 1968 - While appearing on the British TV show Dee Time, Jane Asher announced her engagement to Paul McCartney was off. The proclamation came as a surprise to Paul.
- 1974 - The first Knebworth Concert was held in England. Artists include the Doobie Brothers, the Allman Brothers and Van Morrison.
- 1974 - Joey Ramone became the lead singer of the Ramones.
- 1975 - Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band opened their Born to Run tour in Providence, RI. It was Steve Van Zandt's first live performance with the band.
- 1976 - The Buzzcocks made their live debut in Manchester, England.
- 1986 - Sid and Nancy, based on the life of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, premiered in London.
- 1986 - Seventeen current and former members of Santana played together in San Francisco in celebration of Carlos Santana's 39th birthday and 20th anniversary in music.
- 1986 - Ed Leffler, manager of Van Halen, is beaten in a Dallas hotel elevator.
- 1987 - Prince completed shooting for his movie Sign 'O' the Times.
- 1995 - Flavor Flav of Public Enemy broke both arms in a motorcycle accident.
- 1996 - Soundgarden's Kim Thayil is arrested for assault at a Lollapalooza stop.
- 2008 - Rapper DMX was arrested for allegedly giving a false name to avoid hospital payments.
- 2002 - Marc Cohn and Elizabeth Vargas
- 1965 - Do You Believe in Magic - Lovin' Spoonful (debut single)
- 1965 - Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan (single)
- 1972 - Long John Silver - Jefferson Airplane
- 1973 - Love Devotion Surrender - Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin
- 1973 - Mott - Mott the Hoople
- 1979 - Nine Lives - REO Speedwagon
- 1981 - Escape - Journey
- 1993 - Candlebox - Candlebox (debut)
- 1993 - Black Sunday - Cypress Hill
- 1959 - American Bandstand - Sonny James
- 1961 - American Bandstand - Gladys Knight & the Pips
- 1962 - American Bandstand - Johnny Tillotson
- 1965 - Where the Action Is - Crystals, Newbeats, Steve Alaimo, Paul Revere & the Raiders
- 1966 - Where the Action Is - Chad and Jeremy, Yuya Uchida and the Blue Jeans, Robbs
- 1968 - American Bandstand - Joe Tex, Steppenwolf
- 1971 - Make Your Own Kind of Music - Carpenters (premier)
- 1973 - Midnight Special - Joan Baez (host), Mimi Farina, Black Oak Arkansas, Bloodstone, Steve Goodman, Mimi Farina, Wilson Pickett, Pointer Sisters
- 1974 - American Bandstand - Rufus (with Chaka Khan), George McCrae
- 1979 - Midnight Special - Suzi Quatro (host), David Naughton, Roger Voudouris, Paul Warren & Explorer, Carly Simon
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1963 - Surf City - Jan & Dean (2 weeks)
- 1968 - Grazing in the Grass - Hugh Masekela (2 weeks)
- 1991 - Unbelievable - EMF
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
- 1946 - Dancing in the Dark - Carmen Cavallaro (4 weeks)
- 1996 - It Was Written - Nas (4 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
- 1963 - Easier Said Than Done - Essex (2 weeks)
- 1974 - My Thang (Part 1) - James Brown (2 weeks)
- 1985 - Save Your Love (For #1) - Rene & Angela (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
- 1968 - Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash (4 weeks)
- 1974 - Marie Laveau - Bobby Bare (1 week)
- 1985 - Dixie Road - Lee Greenwood (1 week)
- 1996 - Daddy's Money - Ricochet (2 weeks)
- 2002 - Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American) - Toby Keith (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
- 1956 - Why Do Fools Fall in Love - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers (3 weeks)
- 1961 - Temptation - Everly Brothers (2 weeks)
- 1997 - I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy & Faith Evans Featuring 112 (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
- 1957 - The Tommy Steele Story - Tommy Steele (3 weeks)
- 1996 - Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette (8 weeks)
- 2008 - Now You've Gone: The Album - Basshunter (1 week)