Almanac: August 10, 2016
- 1909 - Leo Fender (d. 1991)
- 1922 - Al Alberts (Four Aces) (d. 2009)
- 1927 - Jimmy Martin ("King of Bluegrass") (d. 2005)
- 1928 - Jimmy Dean (d. 2010)
- 1928 - Eddie Fisher (d. 2010)
- 1940 - Bobby Hatfield (Righteous Brothers) (d. 2003)
- 1940 - Jonie Mosby (Johnny & Jonie Mosby) (76)
- 1940 - Jerry Kennedy (producer, songwriter) (76)
- 1943 - Ronnie Spector (73)
- 1943 - Jimmy Griffin (Bread) (d. 2005)
- 1945 - Larry Larden (Every Mother's Son) (71)
- 1946 - Mick Clarke (Rubettes) (70)
- 1947 - Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) (69)
- 1949 - Gene Johnson (Diamond Rio) (67)
- 1949 - Andy Cresswell-Davis (Korgis) (67)
- 1950 - Patti Austin (66)
- 1950 - Eric Braunn (Iron Butterfly) (d. 2003)
- 1956 - Charlie Peacock (producer) (60)
- 1959 - Mark Price (All About Eve) (57)
- 1961 - Jon Farriss (INXS) (56)
- 1962 - Julia Fordham (54)
- 1962 - Dan Donovan (Big Audio Dynamite) (54)
- 1964 - Nenah Cherry (52)
- 1964 - Aaron Hall (Guy) (52)
- 1967 - Lorraine Pearson (Five Star) (49)
- 1967 - Todd Nichols (Toad the Wet Sprocket) (49)
- 1968 - Michael Bivens (New Edition, Bel Biv Devoe) (48)
- 1968 - Leigh Marklew (Terrorvision) (48)
- 1973 - Jennifer Hanson (43)
- 1977 - Aaron Kamin (Calling) (39)
- 1993 - David Rogers (57)
- 2002 - Michael Houser (Widespread Panic) - Pancreatic cancer (40)
- 2007 - Anthony Wilson (manager) - Kidney cancer (57)
- 2008 - Isaac Hayes - Stroke (65)
- 2013 - Eydie Gorme (84)
- 1959 - Four members of the Platters were arrested in Cincinnati, OH when they were found with four 19-year-old women (three white) and charged with abetting prostitution, lewdness and assignation. They were acquitted but the arrest and publicity led to a blacklisting of the group's records on many stations in the U.S.
- 1963 - The Browns joined the Grand Ole Opry.
- 1970 - Elvis Presley opened a four-week engagement at the International Hotel in Las Vegas.
- 1970 - Jim Morrison's trial for indecent exposure began in Miami.
- 1972 - Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for marijuana possession in Gothenburg, Sweden.
- 1976 - Elton John played the first of ten nights at Madison Square Garden, breaking the Rolling Stones' record set the previous year.
- 1983 - Kajagoogoo fired lead singer Limahl.
- 1985 - Michael Jackson bought the Beatles' catalog for $47.5 million.
- 1985 - Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran had a close call when his boat overturned trapping him and five crew members underneath for twenty minutes.
- 1987 - Wilson Pickett was found guilty of gun possession with intent to endanger life.
- 1991 - Vince Gill joined the Grand Ole Opry.
- 1992 - Def Leppard started the North American leg of their Seven Day Weekend tour.
- 1993 - Billy Joel is sued over his song River of Dreams by songwriter Gary Zimmerman.
- 1995 - Jimmy Buffett sang for President Bill Clinton on his birthday.
- 1999 - Paul "Bonehead" Arthur quit Oasis.
- 2005 - It was ruled that CBGB did not have to pay its landlord $90,000 in back rent.
- 2009 - Brooks and Dunn announced they would break up next year after a final tour.
- 1982 - Johnny Lyon (Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes)
- 2000 - Dave Matthews and Jennifer Ashley Harper
- 2001 - Martie Seidel (Dixie Chicks) and Gareth Maguire
- 2002 - Lisa Marie Presley and Nicholas Cage
- 2004 - Vanessa Williams and Rick Fox (filed by Fox)
- 1951 - Half as Much - Hank Williams
- 1964 - Do You Want to Know a Secret, Please Please Me, Love Me Do, Twist & Shout - Beatles (singles, re-released)
- 1968 - Magic Bus - Who (single)
Gold & Platinum
- 1985 - Like a Virgin - Madonna (5 million sales - First album by a female to make that mark)
- 1963 - Thank Your Lucky Stars (U.K.) (100th episode) - Cliff Richard & the Shadows, Searchers, Brian Poole & the Tremeloes, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, Alma Cogan
- 1975 - Manhattan Transfer (premier)
- 1982 - Late Night with David Letterman - Frank & Moon Unit Zappa
- 1995 - Late Show with David Letterman - Van Halen
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1946 - To Each His Own - Eddy Howard (5 weeks)
- 1959 - A Big Hunk O' Love - Elvis Presley (2 weeks)
- 1963 - Fingertips, Part 2 - Stevie Wonder (3 weeks)
- 1974 - Feel Like Makin' Love - Roberta Flack (1 week)
- 1968 - Wheels of Fire - Cream (4 weeks)
- 1974 - Back Home Again - John Denver (1 week)
- 1985 - Reckless - Bryan Adams (2 weeks)
- 2002 - Unleashed - Toby Keith (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
- 1959 - Thank You Pretty Baby - Ray Charles (4 weeks)
- 1968 - Stay in My Corner - Dells (3 weeks)
- 1991 - I Can't Wait Another Minute - Hi-Five
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
- 1985 - I'm For Love - Hank Williams, Jr. (1 week)
- 1996 - Carried Away - George Strait (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
- 1956 - Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) - Doris Day (6 weeks)
- 1961 - You Don't Know - Helen Shapiro (3 weeks)
- 1997 - Men in Black - Will Smith (4 weeks)
- 2008 - I Kissed a Girl - Lady Gaga (5 weeks)
- 1957 - The King and I - Soundtrack (3 weeks (33 previous weeks at number 1))
- 1968 - Delilah - Tom Jones (1 week)
- 1991 - Essential Pavarotti II - Luciano Pavarotti (2 weeks)
- 2003 - Escapology - Robbie Williams (1 week (6 previous weeks at number 1))