Almanac: August 12, 2016
- 1907 - Gladys Bentley (d. 1960)
- 1912 - Rex Griffin (d. 1959)
- 1918 - Sid Bernstein (d. 2013)
- 1920 - Percy Mayfield (d. 1984)
- 1926 - Joe Jones (d. 2005)
- 1927 - Porter Wagoner (d. 2007)
- 1929 - Buck Owens (d. 2006)
- 1941 - Craig Douglas (born Terence Parker) (75)
- 1945 - Ron Mael (Sparks) (71)
- 1949 - Mark Knopfler (67)
- 1950 - Kid Creole (born August Darnell) (66)
- 1953 - Jerry Speiser (Men at Work) (63)
- 1954 - Pat Metheny (62)
- 1955 - Heintje Simons (61)
- 1956 - Danny Shirley (Confederate Railroad) (60)
- 1958 - Jurgen Dehmel (Nena) (58)
- 1960 - Morty Black (born Morty Skaget) (TNT) (56)
- 1961 - Roy Hay (Men at Work) (55)
- 1961 - Lawrence Hayward (Felt) (55)
- 1963 - Sir Mix-a-Lot (born Anthony Ray) (53)
- 1968 - Paul Tucker (Lighthouse Family) (48)
- 1969 - Tanita Tikaram (47)
- 1972 - Del the Funky Homosapien (born Teren Delvon Jones) (44)
- 1975 - Bill Uechi (Starpool, Save Ferris) (41)
- 1976 - Wednesday 13 (born Joseph Poole) (Murderdolls) (40)
- 1978 - Pete Meaden (manager of The High Number/Who) - Overdose (35)
- 1985 - Kyu Sakamoto (born Hisashi Oshima) - Plane crash (43)
- 1992 - John Cage - Stroke (79)
- 1997 - Luther Allison - Lung and brain cancer (57)
- 2009 - Les Paul (born Lester Polsfuss) - Complications of pneumonia (94)
- 2010 - Richie Hayward (Little Feat) - Liver cancer (64)
On This Day
- 1877 - Thomas Edison records Mary Had a Little Lamb, the first sound recording ever made.
- 1957 - Frankie Lymon quit the Teenagers to go solo.
- 1960 - Pete Best auditioned with The Silver Beatles.
- 1964 - The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night opened in the U.S.
- 1966 - The Beatles began what would be their final U.S. tour at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago. Earlier in the day, John Lennon apologized for his "Beatles are more popular than Jesus" comment.
- 1967 - Fleetwood Mac played their first live show at the Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival in Windsor, England.
- 1968 - The four members of Led Zeppelin played together for the first time on Gerrard Street in London's West End.
- 1969 - Blind Faith made their U.S. debut at Madison Square Garden in New York.
- 1970 - Bob Dylan and Joan Baez are among the artists to salute Woody Guthrie at the Hollywood Bowl.
- 1972 - The first concert with proceeds going to charity, the Festival of Hope, is held with artists such as the Jefferson Airplane and James Brown. The show lost money.
- 1977 - Guitarist Henri Padovani quit the Police.
- 1986 - Prince played the first of five nights at Wembley Arena in London.
- 1986 - The father of Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer shot and killed their mother.
- 1989 - Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Skid Row and the Scorpions played the Moscow Music Peace Festival. It was the first time that concertgoers in Russia were allowed to stand up during a concert.
- 1989 - The Rolling Stones played a secret show in New Haven, CT in preparation for their Steel Wheels tour.
- 1992 - Five Grateful Dead shows were cancelled due to Jerry Garcia's exhaustion.
- 1993 - A backup singer lost her lawsuit against Paula Abdul that claimed she did most of the vocal on the album Forever My Girl.
- 1993 - Jesse Tobias replace Arik Marshall in the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
- 1994 - Woodstock '94 opened in Saugerties, NY.
- 1995 - Michael Stipe of R.E.M. had a hernia operation.
- 1995 - A public wake was held for Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
- 1998 - Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots plead guilty to heroin possession and was sentenced to three months in a drug treatment facility.
- 1999 - Members of the National Organization of Women (NOW) protested outside the office of promoter John Scher to protest the violence against women at Woodstock '99.
- 2000 - During a show in Mancos, CA, .38 Special escaped injury when a gust of wind brought over ten tons of equipment down onto the stage.
- 2003 - Lee Ryan of Blue was arrested for DUI in Central London.
- 2003 - Pete Doherty of the Libertines admitted he was addicted to crack.
- 2011 - Hunter Hayes made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
- 1988 - John Denver and Cassandra Delaney
- 2011 - John Mellencamp and Elaine Irwin Mellencamp
- 1957 - One Moment With You - Billy Ward & the Dominoes (single)
- 1957 - Face of an Angel - Five Keys (single)
- 1991 - Metallica (aka The Black Album) - Metallica
- 1956 - Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Platters
- 1967 - American Bandstand (ABC) - Diana Ross & the Supremes
- 1972 - American Bandstand (ABC) - Jim Croce
- 1984 - Olympic Games Closing Ceremony - Lionel Richie
- 1997 - Fleetwood Mac Reunion Concert (MTV)
- 2012 - Olympic Games Closing Ceremony - Spice Girls, George Michael, The Who, Take That, Muse, Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Elbow, Madness, The Pet Shop Boys, One Direction, Ray Davies, Liam Gallagher, and Brian May and Roger Taylor from Queen.
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1978 - Three Times a Lady - Commodores (2 weeks)
- 1989 - Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx (3 weeks)
- 2000 - Incomplete - Sisqo (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
- 1950 - South Pacific - Original Cast (2 weeks (52 previous weeks at number 1))
- 1995 - E. 1999 Eternal - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (2 weeks)
- 2006 - LeToya - LeToya (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
- 1972 - I'm Still in Love With You - Al Green (2 weeks)
- 1977 - Three Times a Lady - Commodores (2 weeks)
- 1989 - Batdance - Prince (1 week)
- 2006 - Shoulder Lean - Young Dro Featuring T.I. (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
- 1972 - Bless Your Heart - Freddie Hart (2 weeks)
- 1978 - You Don't Love Me Anymore - Eddie Rabbitt (1 week)
- 1989 - Timber, I'm Falling in Love - Patty Loveless (1 week)
- 1995 - I Didn't Know My Own Strength - Lorrie Morgan (1 week)
- 2000 - What About Now - Lonestar (4 weeks)
- 2006 - If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows) - Rodney Atkins (4 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
- 1972 - School's Out - Alice Cooper (3 weeks)
- 2001 - 21 Seconds - So Solid Crew (1 weeks)
- 2007 - With Every Heartbeat - Robyn with Kleerup (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
- 1972 - 20 Fantastic Hits - Various Artists (5 weeks)
- 2001 - Right Now - Atomic Kitten (1 week)
- 2007 - Made of Bricks - Kate Nash (1 week)