Almanac: August 22, 2016
- 1914 - Connie B. Gay (d. 1989)
- 1917 - John Lee Hooker (d. 2001)
- 1926 - Bob Flanigan (Four Freshman) (d. 2011)
- 1929 - Fred Milano (Belmonts) (77)
- 1936 - Dale Hawkins (d. 2010)
- 1941 - Howard Grimes (drummer in Hi rhythm section) (75)
- 1945 - Ron Dante (71)
- 1946 - Gary 'Mutha' Withem (Gary Puckett & the Union Gap) (70)
- 1947 - Donna Jean Godchaux (Grateful Dead) (69)
- 1948 - David Marks (Beach Boys) (68)
- 1957 - Holly Dunn (59)
- 1958 - Ian Mitchell (Bay City Rollers) (58)
- 1958 - Vernon Reed (Living Colour) (58)
- 1959 - Collin Raye (57)
- 1959 - Juan Croucier (Dokken, Ratt) (57)
- 1961 - Roland Orzabal (Tears for Fears) (55)
- 1961 - Debbi Peterson (Bangles) (55)
- 1961 - Jay Aston (Gene Loves Jezebel) (55)
- 1962 - Gary Lee Conner (Screaming Trees) (54)
- 1963 - Tori Amos (53)
- 1963 - Jason DeBarge (DeBarge) (53)
- 1966 - GZA (born Gary Grice) (50)
- 1967 - Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) (d. 2002)
- 1969 - Steve Cradock (Ocean Colour Scene) (50)
- 1972 - Paul Doucette (Matchbox 20) (44)
- 1973 - Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) (43)
- 1973 - Beenie Man (born Anthony Davis) (43)
- 1978 - Jeff Stinco (Simple Plan) (38)
- 1996 - O. V. "Mooney" Lynn (husband of Loretta Lynn)
- 2003 - Floyd Tillman (88)
- 2006 - Bruce Gary (Knack) - Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (55)
- 2009 - Johnny Carter (Dells, Flamingos) - Lung Cancer (75)
- 2011 - Nickolas Ashford (Ashford & Simpson) - Cancer (70)
- 2011 - Jerry Lieber (Lieber & Stoller) - Cardio-pulmonary failure (78)
- 1906 - The Victor Talking Machine Company released their first gramophone that contained a built-in speaker.
- 1951 - Hank Snow was in a serious car crash.
- 1956 - Elvis Presley started working on Love Me Tender, his first movie.
- 1964 - Johnny Cash took out a full page ad in Billboard chastising radio stations for refusing to play his single The Ballad of Ira Hayes.
- 1966 - Jerry Lee Lewis was signed to play Iago in Rock My Soul, a musical version of Othello.
- 1968 - Ringo Starr quit the Beatles over the constant bickering during the recording of the White Album. He returned on September 3.
- 1968 - George Jones and Tammy Wynette announced their engagement.
- 1969 - The Beatles had their final photo session, the resulting pictures used on their Hey Jude compilation. They later filmed the promo video for The Long and Winding Road.
- 1969 - Elvis Presley opened at the International Hotel in Las Vegas.
- 1970 - Elton John signed with Uni Records.
- 1970 - Elvis Presley announced his first tour since 1958.
- 1978 - Sid Vicious performed for the last time at a London club. He played with Rat Scabies of the Damned, Glen Matlock and Nancy Spungen.
- 1981 - The first Monsters of Rock Festival was held at Donnington Castle in England.
- 1987 - Roy Clark became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
- 1992 - The Troggs and the Police played at the reception for Sting and Trudy Styler who had been married the previous day.
- 1997 - Tim Weisberg sued Dan Fogelberg for breach of contract and fraud over their second album together, No Resemblance Whatsoever.
- 1997 - Mark Wills made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.
- 2000 - The second Source Hip-Hop Awards were stopped 2-1/2 hours into the show when violence erupted.
- 2003 - Twenty people were hurt at the Leeds Festival in England during a crowd crush while System of a Down was playing.
- 2003 - Some of the belongings of Peabo Bryson were confiscated by the IRS for back taxes.
- 2007 - Darren Hayes, formerly of Savage Garden, was arrested in London for allegedly racially abusing a staff member at a Thai restaurant.
- 1968 - George Jones and Tammy Wynette
- 2002 - Caroline Corr (Corrs) and Frank Woods
- 1968 - John Lennon and Cynthia Lennon (filed by Cynthia)
- 1938 - Jumpin' at the Woodside - Count Basie
- 1949 - The Louvin Brothers had their first recording session for Decca.
- 1970 - Layla and Other Love Stories - Derek & the Dominos (first day of recording)
- 1964 - Dancing in the Streets - Martha and the Vandellas (single)
- 1979 - In Through the Out Door - Led Zeppelin (final studio album)
- 1967 - Simon Dee Show (BBC) - Jimi Hendrix
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1964 - Where Did Our Love Go - Supremes (2 weeks)
- 1970 - Make It With You - Bread (1 week)
- 1987 - Who's That Girl - Madonna (1 week)
- 1970 - Cosmo's Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival (9 weeks)
- 1981 - 4 - Foreigner (2 weeks)
- 1998 - Da Game is to Be Sold Not to Be Told - Snoop Dogg (2 weeks)
- 2009 - Live on the Inside - Sugarland (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
- 1953 - Crying in the Chapel - Orioles (5 weeks)
- 1981 - Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (7 weeks)
- 1987 - Casanova - LaVert (2 weeks)
- 1992 - End of the Road - Boyz II Men (4 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
- 1953 - Hey Joe! - Carl Smith (8 weeks)
- 1960 - Alabam - Cowboy Copas (12 weeks)
- 1987 - Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right) - Restless Heart (1 week)
- 1998 - I'm Alright - Jo Dee Messina (3 weeks)
- 2009 - You Belong to Me - Taylor Swift (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
- 1958 - When - Kalin Twins (5 weeks)
- 1963 - When - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas (3 weeks)
- 1993 - Mr Vain - Culture Beat (4 weeks)
- 1999 - Mi Chico Latino - Geri Halliwell (1 week)
- 2004 - These Words - Natasha Bedingfield (2 weeks)
- 2010 - Green Light - Roll Deep (1 week)
- 1970 - A Question of Balance - Moody Blues (3 weeks)
- 1992 - We Can Dance - Genesis (1 week)
- 1999 - The Man Who - Travis (2 weeks)
- 2004 - Songs About Jane - Maroon 5 (1 week)
- 2010 - The Final Frontier - Iron Maiden (1 week)