Almanac: August 15, 2016
- 1909 - Hugo Winterhalter (d. 1973)
- 1925 - Oscar Peterson (d. 2007)
- 1925 - Rose Maddox (d. 1998)
- 1925 - Bill Pinkney (Drifters) (d. 2007)
- 1933 - Bobby Helms (d. 1997)
- 1933 - Mike Seeger (d. 2009)
- 1933 - Floyd Ashton (Tams) (83)
- 1938 - Nesbert "Stix" Hooper (Crusaders) (78)
- 1941 - Don Rich (Buckaroos) (d. 1974)
- 1942 - Pete York (Spencer Davis Group) (74)
- 1942 - Eddie Phillips (Creation) (74)
- 1944 - Frederick Knight (72)
- 1946 - Jimmy Webb (70)
- 1949 - Kate Taylor (67)
- 1950 - Tommy Aldridge (Black Oak Arkansas, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake) (66)
- 1950 - Billy Griffin (Miracles) (66)
- 1951 - Bobby Caldwell (65)
- 1956 - Vinny Denunzio (Feelies) (57)
- 1961 - Matt Johnson (The The) (55)
- 1962 - Marcia Schofield (Fall) (54)
- 1972 - Michael Graham (Boyzone) (44)
- 1974 - Simon Dawbarn (911) (42)
- 1978 - Tim Foreman (Switchfoot) (38)
- 1989 - Joe Jonas (Jonas Brothers) (27)
- 1958 - Big Bill Broonzy - Throat cancer (60)
- 1971 - Thomas Wayne - Car accident (31)
- 1979 - Asa Martin - Heart attack (79)
- 1984 - Norman Petty - Leukemia (57)
- 1990 - Lew Dewitt (Statler Brothers) (52)
- 1992 - Jackie Edwards - Heart attack (54)
- 2004 - Lum York (Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboy) (85)
- 2008 - Jerry Wexler - Congestive heart failure (91)
- 1955 - Elvis Presley signed with Colonel Tom Parker.
- 1962 - Pete Best played his last show with the Beatles.
- 1965 - The Beatles set a record for the time when they played Shea Stadium in front of 55,000. Also playing were the Young Rascals, Brenda Holloway, Sounds Incorporated and the King Curtis Band.
- 1968 - The movie A Time to Sing, starring Hank Williams, Jr. debuted.
- 1969 - The opening day of the Woodstock Festival featured Richie Havens, Sweetwater, Bert Sommer, Ravi Shankar, Tim Hardin, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie and Joan Baez.
- 1979 - The film Americathon opened in Los Angeles, featuring Meat Loaf with music by the Beach Boys, Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello.
- 1980 - George Harrison's first book, I Me Mine, is published.
- 1983 - Joey Ramone had brain surgery after being seriously injured in a fight.
- 1989 - Stu Sweatman moved from the band Urgency to Saving Grace.
- 1991 - Paul Simon played New York's Central Park for 750,000 people.
- 1995 - Vince Neil's daughter, Skylar, died of multiple organ failure.
- 1996 - James Brown offered the proceeds of a concert to a Long Island Women's Shelter, but was turned down with the shelter citing his past actions against women.
- 1997 - Tony Nicole Tony Records files a suit against Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss, alleging that they interfered with the contract of Peter Kriss with the label.
- 1998 - Reba McEntire received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 2000 - David Bowie and Iman became the parents of daughter Alexandria Zahra Jones.
- 2001 - Dave Matthews and wife Ashley become the parents of twin daughters Stella Busina and Grace Anne.
- 2002 - Deanna Carter avoided a DUI conviction in a Nashville court, receiving a fine and community service.
- 2004 - Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones began treatment for throat cancer.
- 2004 - Phish played their final concert (until they reformed) in Coventry, VT.
- 2007 - John Lennon's solo albums were made available digitally for the first time on iTunes.
- 1958 - Buddy Holly and Maria Elena Santiago
- 1941 - Peggy Lee had her first recording session.
- 1966 - If I Were a Carpenter - Bobby Darin
- 1987 - Talk is Cheap - Keith Richards (first session for first solo album)
- 1995 - Live at Red Rocks 8.15.95 - Dave Matthews Band
- 1965 - Respect - Otis Redding (single)
- 1974 - On the Beach - Neil Young
- 1991 - International Special Olympics All-Star Gala - Debbie Gibson
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1960 - It's Now or Never - Elvis Presley (5 weeks)
- 1964 - Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin (1 week)
- 1981 - Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (9 weeks)
- 1992 - End of the Road - Boyz II Men (13 weeks)
- 1981 - Precious Time - Pat Benatar (1 week)
- 2009 - Loso's Way - Fabolous (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
- 1981 - I'm in Love - Evelyn King (1 week)
- 1987 - Jam Tonight - Freddie Jackson (1 week)
- 2009 - Pretty Wings - Maxwell (14 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
- 1981 - I Don't Need You - Kenny Rogers (2 weeks)
- 1987 - A Long Line of Love - Michael Martin Murphey (1 week)
- 2009 - Alright - Darius Rucker (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
- 1987 - I Just Can't Stop Loving You - Michael Jackson and Siedeh Garrett (2 weeks)
- 1999 - If I Let You Go - Westlife (1 week)
- 2004 - Baby Cakes - 3 of a Kind (1 week)
- 2010 - Club Can't Handle Me - Flo Rida Featuring David Guetta (1 week)
- 1981 - The Official BBC Album of the Royal Wedding - Various Artists (2 weeks)
- 1992 - Welcome to Wherever You Are - INXS (1 week)
- 2004 - Anastacia - Anastacia (1 week (2 previous weeks at number 1))
- 2010 - Recovery - Eminem (5 weeks)