- 1929 - Christine McGuire (McGuire Sisters) (86)
- 1936 - Buddy Guy (80)
- 1941 - Paul Anka (75)
- 1945 - David Sanborn (71)
- 1946 - Jeffrey Hammond (Jethro Tull) (70)
- 1948 - Otis Taylor (68)
- 1949 - Andy Scott (Sweet) (67)
- 1949 - Joyce Jones (First Choice) (67)
- 1949 - Hugh Nicholson (Marmalade) (67)
- 1956 - Phil Fearon (Galaxy) (60)
- 1956 - Don Bolles (Germs) (60)
- 1957 - Rat Scabies (born Christopher Miller) (59)
- 1958 - Kate Bush (58)
- 1958 - Neal McCoy (58)
- 1960 - Dave Riley (Big Black) (56)
- 1963 - Dwayne O'Brien (Little Texas) (53)
- 1964 - Ron Block (Alison Krauss & Union Station) (52)
- 1965 - Tex Axile (Transvision Vamp) (51)
- 1966 - Craig Gannon (Bluebells, Smiths) (50)
- 1966 - Louise Wener (Sleeper) (50)
- 1966 - Jyoti Mishra (White Town) (50)
- 1968 - Sean Moore (Manic Street Preachers) (48)
- 1971 - Elvis Crespo (45)
- 1971 - Brad Hargreaves (Third Eye Blind) (45)
- 1977 - Ian Watkins (Lostprophets) (39)
- 1980 - Seth Avett (Avett Brothers) (36)
- 1978 - Glen Goins (Parliament-Funkadelic) - Hodgkin's lymphoma (24)
- 1993 - Don Myrick (Earth, Wind & Fire) - Shot by police during narcotics investigation (53)
- 2003 - Sam Phillips - Respiratory failure (80)
On This Day
- 1942 - Frank Sinatra recorded his last sides with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
- 1954 - Elvis Presley made his first live appearance in Memphis opening for Slim Whitman.
- 1968 - The Beatles closed the Apple Boutique in London.
- 1973 - John Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas said at a press conference that ABC-Dunhill had stolen upwards of $60 million from every artist who recorded for the label.
- 1978 - Thin Lizzy officially announced that Gary Moore had replaced Brian Robertson.
- 1986 - Boy George was fined by a London court for heroin possession.
- 1986 - RCA dropped John Denver after their new owner, GE, was upset with his song What Are We Making Weapons For?.
- 1987 - David Bowie started the North American portion of his Glass Spiders tour in Philadelphia, PA.
- 1991 - Axl Rose threatened to cancel that night's Guns N' Roses show if a police officer didn't tear up a ticket he was issuing to the limousine driver for an illegal left turn. The police tore up the ticket.
- 1992 - Smokey Robinson performed at Mary Wells' funeral.
- 1994 - Guitarist Bernard Butler left Suede.
- 1996 - Aerosmith fired long-time manager Tim Collins.
- 1997 - Michael Jackson and the Jackson family were not held responsible for losses the producer incurred for their Jackson Family Honors special after it was delayed due to Michael's illness.
- 1997 - Boys Don't Cry sued Paula Cole and her record company saying that Where Have All the Cowboys Gone sounded too much like their I Want to Be a Cowboy.
- 2001 - Peter Buck of R.E.M. pleads not guilty to an air rage charge.
- 2003 - A concert was held in Toronto to prove the city was safe from SARS. 450,000 showed up to see the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, the Guess Who and more.
- 2003 - A warrant is put out in Las Vegas for Motley Crue's Vince Neil for allegedly attacking a prostitute.
- 2004 - Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers suffered a minor stroke.
- 2006 - Axl Rose has to leave a Guns N' Roses show at Wembley Arena in London early for "low blood pressure." Sebastian Bach fills in for the encore.
- 2009 - Matthew Fischer, former organist for Procol Harum, won the battle to be recognized as a co-author of A Whiter Shade of Pale. The ruling was later overturned.
- 2007 - Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
- 1955 - Folsom Prison Blues, Luther Played the Boogie, So Doggone Lonesome - Johnny Cash
- 1956 - First recording session - Brenda Lee
- 1968 - Daddy Sang Bass - Johnny Cash
- 1965 - Out of Our Heads - Rolling Stones
- 1968 - Last Time Around - Buffalo Springfield
- 1979 - Risque - Chic
- 1996 - Sublime - Sublime
- 2002 - The Rising - Bruce Springsteen
- 1958 - American Bandstand - Bobbie Roberts, Bob Crewe
- 1959 - American Bandstand - Johnny Restivo
- 1963 - American Bandstand - Mel Carter
- 1965 - Where the Action Is - Aretha Franklin, Sonny & Cher, Paul Revere & the Raiders
- 1966 - American Bandstand - Syndicate of Sound, Ian Whitcomb
- 1976 - Midnight Special - George Benson, Hot Chocolate, Phoebe Snow, Sylvers, Gary Wright
- 1977 - American Bandstand - Stephen Bishop, Melissa Manchester
- 1983 - American Bandstand - James Brown
- 2006 - Top of the Pops - Final weekly broadcast after 42 years
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1949 - Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como (5 weeks)
- 1966 - Wild Thing - Troggs (2 weeks)
- 1977 - I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb (3 weeks)
- 1988 - Roll With It - Steve Winwood (4 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
- 1960 (Mono Albums) - The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart - Bob Newhart (8 weeks)
- 1966 - Yesterday and Today - Beatles (5 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
- 1966 - Ain't No Proud to Beg - Temptations (4 weeks (4 previous weeks at number 1))
- 1977 - Slide - Slave (1 week)
- 1983 - She Works Hard For the Money - Donna Summer (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
- 1949 - I'm Throwing Rice (At the Girl I Love) - Eddy Arnold (4 weeks)
- 1983 - I Always Get Lucky With You - George Jones (1 week)
- 1988 - Don't We All Have the Right - Ricky Van Shelton (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
- 1995 - Never Forget - Take That (3 weeks)
- 2000 - 7 Days - Craig David (1 week)
- 2006 - Hips Don't Lie - Shakira Featuring Wyclef Jean (1 week (1 previous week at number 1))
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
- 1960 - Elvis is Back! - Elvis Presley (1 week)
- 1994 - End of Part One: Their Greatest Hits - Wet Wet Wet (4 weeks)