Almanac: July 21, 2016
- 1898 - Sara Carter (Carter Family) (d. 1979)
- 1915 - Floyd McDaniel (Four Blazes) (d. 1995)
- 1922 - Kay Starr (94)
- 1939 - Kim Fowley (producer, manager) (d. 2015)
- 1943 - Henry McCullough (Spooky Tooth, Wings) (d. 2016)
- 1945 - Mike Wilsh (Four Pennies) (71)
- 1946 - Barry Whitwam (Herman's Hermits) (70)
- 1948 - Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) (68)
- 1953 - Eric Bazilian (Hooters) (63)
- 1955 - Henry Priestman (Christians) (61)
- 1955 - Howie Epstein (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) (d. 2003)
- 1961 - Jim Martin (Faith No More) (55)
- 1969 - Emerson Hart (Tonic) (47)
- 1971 - Charlotte Gainsbourg (45)
- 1972 - Paul Brandt (44)
- 1974 - Terry Coldwell (East 17) (42)
- 1978 - Damian Marley (38)
- 1978 - Brad Mates (Emerson Drive) (38)
- 1981 - Blake Lewis (35)
- 1986 - Rebecca Ferguson (30)
- 2002 - Gus Dudgeon (producer) - Car accident (59)
- 2005 - Long John Baldry - Lung infection (64)
- 2007 - Don Arden (manager, agent & father of Sharon Osbourne) (81)
On This Day
- 1951 - Lefty Frizzell joined the Grand Ole Opry.
- 1956 - Billboard calls Elvis Presley "the most controversial entertainer since Liberace."
- 1973 - It's Mary Wilson and The Supremes Day in Detroit, MI.
- 1973 - Jeannie Pruitt became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
- 1977 - The Sex Pistols made their first appearance on Britain's Top of the Pops, despite many protests.
- 1978 - The movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band opens.
- 1980 - Keith Godchaux, formerly of the Grateful Dead, was critically injured when his car hits a flatbed truck.
- 1982 - Queen opened the North American leg of their Hot Space tour.
- 1989 - Weird Al Yankovic's UHF opened.
- 1990 - 350,000 people attended Roger Waters' performance of The Wall at the Berlin Wall. The show included appearances by Van Morrison, Bryan Adams, the Scorpions, Joni Mitchell, Cyndi Lauper and Sinead O'Connor.
- 1994 - Oasis played their first show in the U.S. in New York.
- 1995 - A lawsuit brought against Michael Jackson by five security guards he had fired was thrown out of court. The guards said they were fired because they knew too much about Jackson's involvement with young boys.
- 1996 - Kim Thayil of Soundgarden is arrested for hitting a person trying to take his picture.
- 1998 - The Beastie Boys hit the road in support of Hello Nasty in Seattle.
- 1998 - Scott Weiland is arrested on a felony warrant over a 1997 arrest for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.
- 1999 - Charley Pride received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 2001 - Madonna kicked off the North American portion of her Drowned World tour in Philadelphia.
- 2003 - Chris Martin of Coldplay was charged with malicious damage to a photographer's car in Australia. Martin claimed the journalist had been harassing him and he lost his temper.
- 2003 - Brandon Cruz left the Dead Kennedys to spend more time with his family. He was originally a child actor on the program The Courtship of Eddie's Father.
- 2003 - Iron Maiden opened their Give Me 'Ed...'Til I'm Dead tour in Worcester, MA with Motorhead and Dio.
- 2005 - Ashanti was found guilty of breaching her contract with a producer and was ordered to pay $630,000.
- 2007 - Mindy McCready was arrested for misdemeanor battery and resisting arrest after fighting with her mother.
- 2008 - Blake Fielder-Civil, husband of Amy Winehouse, was given a prison sentence of 27 months for attacking a man in a pub.
- 2009 - Brad Paisley, Charley Pride and Alison Krauss & Union Station performed at the White House.
- 2010 - Wynonna Judd, her daughter and tour manager were in a head-on collision in Salt Lake City, UT. All were treated and released
- 1969 - Come Together - Beatles
- 1959 - Suzy Baby - Bobby Vee (debut single)
- 1969 - I'm Free - Who (single)
- 1971 - Master of Reality - Black Sabbath
- 1972 - Never a Dull Moment - Rod Stewart
- 1978 - More Songs About Buildings and Food - Talking Heads
- 1979 - Bad Case of Loving You - Robert Palmer (single)
- 1980 - Chicago XIV - Chicago
- 1981 - You Want It You Got It - Bryan Adams
- 1986 - Landing on Water - Neil Young
- 1987 - Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses
- 1987 - Who's That Girl (soundtrack) - Madonna
- 1998 - Desireless - Eagle Eye Cherry (debut)
- 1958 - American Bandstand - Dale Hawkins, DeJohn Sisters
- 1959 - American Bandstand - Eddie Heywood
- 1960 - American Bandstand - Ray Smith
- 1961 - American Bandstand - Gene Pitney
- 1965 - Shindig - Gene Pitney, Chifons, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Sir Douglas Quintet, Sonny & Cher, Nashville Teens, Jody Miller, Righteous Brothers, Billy Preston, Bobby Sherman, Eligibles, Blossoms, Bruce Scott, Bobby Sherman
- 1965 - Where the Action Is - Jackie Wilson, Billy Butler, Linda Scott, Tony Alaimo, Paul Revere & the Raiders
- 1966 - Where the Action Is - Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band, Vic Dana
- 1973 - American Bandstand - Electric Light Orchestra
- 1977 - Midnight Special - Eddie Money (host), Stanley Clarke, Jay Ferguson, Todd Rundgren
- 1979 - American Bandstand - David Naughton
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1958 - Hard Headed Woman/Don't Ask Me Why - Elvis Presley (2 weeks)
- 1973 - Bad Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce (2 weeks)
- 1990 - She Ain't Worth It - Glen Medeiros Featuring Bobby Brown
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
- 2001 - Devil's Night - D12 (1 week (1 previous week at number 1))
- 2007 - T.I. vs. T.I.P. - T.I. (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
- 1956 - Fever - Little Willie John (5 weeks)
- 1973 - I Believe in You (You Believe in Me) - Johnnie Taylor (2 weeks)
- 1979 - Bad Girls - Donna Summer (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
- 1956 - I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash (6 weeks)
- 1958 - Alone With You - Faron Young (13 weeks)
- 1979 - Shadows in the Moonlight - Anne Murray (1 week)
- 1984 - Just Another Woman in Love - Anne Murray (1 week)
- 2007 - Lost in the Moment - Big & Rich (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
- 1966 - Getaway - Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames (1 week)
- 1973 - Welcome Home - Peters and Lee (1 week)
- 1996 - Wannabe - Spice Girls (7 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
- 1979 - Replicas - Tubeway Army (1 week)