Almanac: August 2, 2016
- 1935 - Hank Cochran (d. 2010)
- 1937 - Garth Hudson (The Band) (79)
- 1941 - Andrew Malcolm (The Herd) (d. 2005)
- 1941 - Doris Coley (Shirelles) (d. 2000)
- 1941 - Homer Banks (d. 2003)
- 1944 - Jim Capaldi (d. 2005)
- 1948 - Andy Fairweather Low (68)
- 1949 - “Fat” Larry James (Fat Larry's Band) (d. 1987)
- 1950 - Ted Turner (Wishbone Ash) (66)
- 1951 - Steve Hillage (65)
- 1951 - Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow) (65)
- 1951 - Andrew Gold (d. 2011)
- 1955 - Jimmy Lowe (Pirates of the Mississippi) (61)
- 1957 - Mojo Nixon (59)
- 1959 - Apollonia Kotero (57)
- 1960 - Neal Morse (Spock's Beard, Dream Theater) (56)
- 1960 - David Yow (Scratch Acid, Jesus Lizard) (56)
- 1961 - Pete de Freitas (Echo and the Bunnymen) (d. 1989)
- 1962 - Lee Mavers (La's) (54)
- 1967 - Cold 187em (born Gregory Hutchinson) (Above the Law) (49)
- 1968 - John Stainer (Helmet) (48)
- 1970 - Zelma Davis (C+C Music Factory) (46)
- 1972 - Jimmy Pop (born James Franks) (Bloodhound Gang) (44)
- 1980 - Devon Glenn (Buckcherry) (36)
- 1992 - Charli XCX (born Charlotte Aitchison) (24)
- 1972 - Brian Cole (Association) - Overdose (29)
- 1983 - James Jamerson (Funk Brothers) - Cirrhosis of the liver, heart failure, pneumonia (47)
- 1987 - David Martin (Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs) - Heart attack (50)
- 2001 - Ron Townson (Fifth Dimension) - Kidney disease (68)
On This Day
- 1957 - The British version of the official Elvis Presley fan club opened in London.
- 1961 - The Beatles played their first show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.
- 1962 - Robert Zimmerman officially changed his name to Bob Dylan.
- 1963 - Eric Clapton quit The Roosters.
- 1964 - The bodies of Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel were found in the wreckage of Reeves' plane which had crashed two days earlier.
- 1973 - The Mamas and the Papas sued Dunhill Records for $1 million in royalties.
- 1973 - American Graffiti debuted at the Locarno Film Festival.
- 1991 - Rick James and his girlfriend were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated mayhem torture and false imprisonment in Hollywood.
- 2001 - New Orleans International Airport became Louis Armstrong Airport.
- 2002 - A van being driven by Papa Chubby overturned injuring him and two band members.
- 1978 - Neil Young and Pegi Morton
- 2005 - Brandon Flowers (Killers) and Tana Munblowsky
- 1956 - Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
- 1969 - The Johnny Cash Show (ABC) - O.C. Smith, Merle Haggard, Carl Perkins, Merrilee Rush
- 2005 - CMA Music Festival: Country Music's Biggest Party - Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts, Trisha Yearwood, Keith Urban, Jo Dee Messina, Ricky Skaggs, Dierks Bentley, Sugarland, Earl Scruggs, Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1975 - One of These Nights - Eagles (1 week)
- 1980 - Magic - Olivia Newton-John (4 weeks)
- 1986 - Glory of Love - Peter Cetera (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
- 1947 - Dorothy Shay Sings - Dorothy Shay (2 weeks)
- 2003 - Bad Boys II - Soundtrack (4 weeks)
- 2008 - Untitled - Naz (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
- 1960 - A Woman, A Lover, A Wife - Jackie Wilson (4 weeks)
- 1969 - Mother Popcorn (You Got to Have a Mother For Me) - James Brown (2 weeks)
- 1980 - One in a Million You - Larry Graham (2 weeks)
- 1986 - Closer Than Close - Jean Carne (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
- 1975 - Just Get Up and Close the Door - Johnny Rodriguez (1 week)
- 1980 - Dancin' Cowboys - Bellamy Brothers (1 week)
- 1986 - Nobody in His Right Mind Would've Left Her - George Strait (1 week)
- 2003 - Red Dirt Road - Brooks & Dunn (1 week)
- 2008 - Good Time - Alan Jackson (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
- 1986 - The Lady in Red - Chris de Burgh (3 weeks)
- 1991 - Rhythm is a Dancer - Snap! (6 weeks)
- 2009 - I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
- 1980 - Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple - Deep Purple (1 week)