- 1927 - Ed Ames (89)
- 1929 - Jesse McReynolds (87)
- 1929 - Lee Hazlewood (d. 2007)
- 1935 - Phil Levitt (Diamonds) (81)
- 1935 - Mighty Sparrow (born Slinger Francisco) (81)
- 1940 - John Salvito (Duprees) (76)
- 1941 - Don McPherson (Main Ingredient) (d. 1971)
- 1946 - Bon Scott (d. 1980)
- 1947 - Mitch Mitchell (d. 2008)
- 1950 - Gwen Guthrie (d. 1999)
- 1952 - John Tesh (64)
- 1953 - David Ball (63)
- 1954 - Debbie Sledge (Sister Sledge) (62)
- 1957 - Marc Almond (Soft Cell) (59)
- 1957 - Fred Eaglesmith (59)
- 1959 - Jim Kerr (Simple Minds) (57)
- 1964 - Courtney Love (52)
- 1971 - Kelvin Grant (Musical Youth) (45)
- 1975 - Jack White (41)
- 1975 - Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse) (41)
- 1976 - Dan Estrin (Hoobastank) (40)
- 1978 - Pat Allingham (Emerson Drive) (38)
- 1986 - Kiely Williams (3LW, Cheetah Girls) (30)
- 1988 - Frank Bello (Anthrax) (28)
- 2006 - Milan Williams (Commodores) - Cancer (58)
On This Day
- 1955 - Bill Haley & the Comets' Rock Around the Clock became the first rock album to make number 1.
- 1958 - Johnny Cash signed with Columbia Records.
- 1966 - Rod Allen of the Fortunes was injured when fans pulled him from the stage and into the crowd.
- 1967 - Jimi Hendrix played his sixth and last show opening for the Monkees after it became apparent that his style did not fit with the headliner's.
- 1971 - Jim Morrison is buried in Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
- 1971 - Grand Funk became the second band to sell out Shea Stadium after the Beatles.
- 1972 - Paul McCartney and Wings played their first concert in Chateauvillon, France. It is Paul's first appearance on stage since 1966.
- 1974 - Crosby, Stills and Nash started their "reunion" tour in Seattle.
- 1977 - Elvis Costello became a full-time musician, quitting his job as a computer programmer with Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics.
- 1978 - The Rolling Stones jammed with Muddy Waters at a Chicago show.
- 1989 - The production manager for New Edition was charged with criminal homicide after shooting the security man for the support act after they ran over their allotted time.
- 1990 - The Rollings Stones cancel a show for the first time due to illness after Keith Richards realizes he has a septic finger.
- 1991 - Roy Acuff received the National Medal of Art from President George Bush.
- 1995 - The Grateful Dead performed their last concert with Jerry Garcia.
- 1998 - Waddy Wachtel and his wife are arrested for suspicion of owning child pornography.
- 1999 - A 25-mile stretch of highway in Indiana is renamed the Kenneth Babyface Edmonds Highway.
- 2001 - James Hetfield of Metalica checks into a rehab facility.
- 2001 - The Backstreet Boys stopped their Black & Blue World Tour so A.J. McLean could get treatment for depression and alcohol abuse.
- 2001 - The Country Music Hall of Fame announced they would induct Bill Anderson, Waylon Jennings, Sam Phillips, the Louvin Brothers, the Delmore Brothers, the Jordanaires, Webb Pierce, Don Gibson, the Everly Brothers, Don Law, Ken Nelson and Homer & Jethro.
- 2003 - Jack White is in a car accident giving him a compound fracture of his index finger.
- 2004 - David Bowie canceled a European Tour after undergoing emergency heart surgery.
- 2004 - Alan Jackson has part of Interstate 85 in his hometown of Newnan, GA designated as The Alan Jackson Highway.
- 2010 - Paul McCartney joined Ringo Starr on stage in New York to celebrate the drummer's 70th birthday.
- 2010 - Carlos Santana proposed to drummer Cindy Blackman during a show in Tinley Park, IL.
- 2011 - Gloriana member Cheyenne Kimball quits the group via Twitter.
- 2013 - Lauryn Hill started a three-month prison sentence for tax evasion.
- 2013 - Junior Bradshaw, one of the men who planned to kidnap and kill Joss Stone, received an 18 year prison sentence.
- 1952 - Carl Smith and June Carter
- 1999 - Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall (separation officially announced)
- 1954 - Blue Moon of Kentucky - Elvis Presley
- 1962 - Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan
- 1969 - Maxwell's Silver Hammer - Beatles
- 1955 - Life is But a Dream - Harptones (single)
- 1983 - Fantastic - Wham!
- 1984 - Ice Cream Castle - The Time
- 1984 - This is What You Want...This is What You Get - Public Image Ltd.
- 1996 - Chaso and Disorder - Prince
- 1996 - Blue - LeAnn Rimes (debut)
- 2002 - By the Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers
- 1956 - American Bandstand - Dick Clark's first appearance
- 1959 - American Bandstand - Anita Bryant, Virtues
- 1965 - Where the Action Is - Drifters, Brian Hyland, Linda Scott, Steve Alaimo, Paul Revere & the Radiers
- 1966 - American Bandstand - Leaves, Keith Allison
- 1976 - Midnight Special - Rita Coolidge (host), Willie Nelson, Jackie DeShannon, Booker T., Willie Nelson, Tribute to Leadbelly
- 1977 - American Bandstand - Bay City Rollers
- 1983 - American Bandstand - Champagne
- 2004 - CMT Crossroads - Wynonna and Heart
- 2010 - CMT Crossroads - Kenny Chesney and Steve Miller
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1955 - Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & the Comets (8 weeks)
- 1966 - Paperback Writer - Beatles (1 week)
- 1977 - Undercover Angel - Alan O'Day (1 week)
- 1983 - Every Breath You Take - Police (8 weeks)
- 1988 - The Flame - Cheap Trick (2 weeks)
- 2005 - We Belong Together - Mariah Carey (10 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
- 1983 - Thriller - Michael Jackson (2 weeks (17 previous weeks at number 1))
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
- 1988 - Paradise - Sade (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
- 1955 - A Satisfied Mind - Porter Wagoner (4 weeks)
- 1977 - I'll Be Leaving Alone - Charley Pride (1 week)
- 1983 - Highway 40 Blues - Ricky Skaggs (1 week)
- 1988 - Fallin' Again - Alabama (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
- 1964 - House of the Rising Sun - Animals (1 week)
- 1988 - Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You - Glenn Medeiros (4 weeks)
- 2000 - Breathless - Coors (1 week)
- 2006 - Smile - Lily Allen (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
- 1983 - Fantastic - Wham! (2 weeks)
- 2000 - The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem (1 week (1 previous week at number 1))
- 2006 - Black Holes and Revelations - Muse (2 weeks)