Almanac: August 3, 2016
- 1910 - Joseph Spence (d. 1984)
- 1926 - Tony Bennett (90)
- 1935 - Gordon Stoker (Jordanaires) (d. 2013)
- 1939 - Jimmy Nicol (Beatles) (77)
- 1941 - Beverly Lee (Shirelles) (75)
- 1946 - John York (Byrds) (70)
- 1947 - Sean Tyla (Ducks Deluxe) (69)
- 1949 - Morris "B B" Dickerson (War) (67)
- 1953 - Johnny Graham (New Birth, Earth, Wind and Fire) (63)
- 1953 - Randy Scruggs (63)
- 1953 - Ian Bairnson (Pilot, Alan Parsons Project) (63)
- 1956 - Kirk Brandon (Theatre of Hate, Spear of Destiny) (60)
- 1958 - Cindy Nixon (Girls Next Door) (58)
- 1959 - Martin Atkins (Public Image Ltd., Ministry, Nine Inch Nails) (57)
- 1961 - Lee Rocker (Stray Cats) (55)
- 1963 - James Hetfield (Metallica) (53)
- 1963 - Ed Roland (Collective Soul) (53)
- 1964 - Lucky Dube (d. 2007)
- 1966 - Dean Sams (Lonestar) (50)
- 1967 - Skin (born Deborah Dyer) (Skunk Anansie) (49)
- 1970 - Stephen Carpenter (Deftones) (46)
- 1971 - DJ Spinderella (born Diedra Roper) (Salt-n-Pepa) (45)
- 1976 - Jimmy De Martini (Zac Brown Band) (40)
- 1980 - Brandan Schieppati (Bleeding Through) (36)
- 1985 - Holly Blake-Arnstein (Dream) (31)
- 2000 - Maurice Kinn (started New Musical Express) (76)
- 2003 - Roger Voudouris - Liver disease (48)
- 2004 - Lacy Van Zant (father of Ronnie, Johnny and Donnie) (89)
- 2006 - Arthur Lee (Love) - Leukemia (61)
On This Day
- 1927 - Jimmie Rodgers auditioned for Ralph Peer of the Victor Talking Machine Company in Bristol, TN.
- 1955 - Bill Haley filed suit against his former label, Essex Records, claiming they were releasing older records of his of inferior quality.
- 1960 - Mickey and Sylvia were convinced to reunite, although only for a short time, by Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore of RCA.
- 1963 - The Beatles played their final performance at the Cavern Club
- 1968 - The Newport Pop Festival welcomed Alice Cooper, Canned Heat, Chambers Brothers, Charles Lloyd Quartet, Country Joe and the Fish, Electric Flag, James Cotton Blues Band, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf, Tiny Tim.
- 1969 - Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys was indicted in Los Angles for failing to work as a hospital orderly in lieu of being drafted.
- 1971 - Paul McCartney announced the formation of Wings.
- 1974 - Jeff “Skunk” Baxter quit Steely Dan to join the Doobie Brothers.
- 1974 - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band opened for Anne Murray in New York.
- 1991 - Johnny Lee made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
- 1997 - Bob Dylan played his first show since having a heart scare.
- 1999 - A star was placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Patsy Cline.
- 2000 - Pearl Jam opened their North American tour in Virginia Beach, VA.
- 2001 - Rap group D12 assaults rivals Esham and T.N.T.
- 2002 - Bob Dylan played the Newport Folk Festival for the first time in 37 years.
- 2004 - Traffic was forced to cancel their reunion tour when member Jim Capaldi is diagnosed with a severe ulcer.
- 2005 - Melissa Etheridge announced she was cancer free.
- 2008 - Brooks and Dunn received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 2010 - Dave Mustaine released his autobiography Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir.
- 2012 - Stevie Wonder and Kai Millard Morris
- 1966 - Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadows, Let's Spend the Night Together - Rolling Stones
- 1963 - Surfer Girl - Beach Boys (single)
- 1963 - Hello Muddah, Hello Fadda - Alan Sherman (single)
- 1987 - Hysteria - Def Leppard
- 1973 - In Concert (ABC) - Eagles
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1946 - Surrender - Perry Como (1 week)
- 1963 - So Much in Love - Tymes (1 week)
- 1968 - Hello, I Love You - Beatles (2 weeks)
- 1985 - Shout - Tears for Fears (3 weeks)
- 1996 - Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) - Los Del Rios (14 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
- 1957 - Loving You - Elvis Presley / Soundtrack (10 weeks)
- 2002 - Busted Stuff - Dave Matthews Band (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
- 1959 - What'd I Say - Ray Charles (1 week)
- 1963 - Fingertips (Part 2) - Little Stevie Wonder (6 weeks)
- 1974 - Feel Like Makin' Love - Roberta Flack (5 weeks)
- 1985 - Freeway of Love - Aretha Franklin (5 weeks)
- 1991 - Summertime - DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (1 week)
- 1996 - I Can't Sleep Baby (If I) - R. Kelly (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
- 1974 - Rub It In - Billy “Crash” Craddock (2 weeks)
- 1985 - 40 Hour Week (For Livin') - Alabama (1 week)
- 1991 - She's in Love With the Boy - Trisha Yearwood (2 weeks)
- 1996 - Don't Get Me Started - Rhett Akins (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
- 1961 - Well I Ask You - Eden Kane (1 week)
- 1968 - Mony Mony - Tommy James & the Shondells (2 weeks)
- 1985 - Into the Groove - Madonna (4 weeks)
- 2003 - Breathe - Blu Cantrell Featuring Sean Paul (4 weeks)
- 2008 - All Summer Long - Kid Rock (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
- 1985 - Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits (2 weeks (2 previous weeks at number 1))
- 2003 - Magic and Medicine - Coral (1 week)
- 2008 - ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits (2 weeks (6 previous weeks at number 1))