Almanac: August 4, 2016
- 1890 - Carson Robison (early promoter of country music) (d. 1957)
- 1901 - Louis Armstrong (d. 1971)
- 1936 - Elsberry Hobbs (Drifters) (80)
- 1939 - Frankie Ford (d. 2015)
- 1940 - Timi Yuro (d. 2004)
- 1940 - Larry Knechtel (d. 2009)
- 1943 - David Carr (Fortunes) (d. 2011)
- 1947 - Klaus Schulze (Tangerine Dream) (69)
- 1947 - Paul Layton (New Seekers) (69)
- 1951 - Larry Flowers (Sweet Sensation) (65)
- 1952 - Moya Brennen (Clanned) (64)
- 1958 - Ian Broudie (Big in Japan, Original Mirrors) (58)
- 1959 - Robbin Crosby (Ratt) (d. 2002)
- 1960 - Graham Massey (808 State) (56)
- 1962 - Paul Reynolds (A Flock of Seagulls) (54)
- 1963 - Sami Yaffa (New York Dolls, Hanoi Rocks) (53)
- 1963 - Craig Wiseman (songwriter) (53)
- 1968 - Rob Cieka (Boo Radleys) (47)
- 1969 - Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura) (46)
- 1971 - Yo-Yo (born Yolanda Whitaker) (45)
- 1975 - Grady Cross (Cross Canadian Ragweed) (41)
- 1981 - Marques Houston (Immature/IMx) (35)
- 1985 - Crystal Bowersox (30)
- 1989 - Jessica Mauboy (27)
- 2005 - Little Milton (born James Campbell, Jr.) - Complications following a stroke (70)
- 2007 - Lee Hazlewood - Renal cancer (78)
- 2012 - Stuart Swanlund (Marshall Tucker Band)
On This Day
- 1958 - Billboard published their first Hot 100 chart.
- 1962 - The Rolling Stones opened a 22 week run at the Ealing Jazz Club.
- 1963 - Connie Smith won a talent show in Columbus, OH where she is noticed by Bill Anderson.
- 1966 - Beatles records stopped being played on numerous radio stations after John Lennon's comment that the group was “more popular than Jesus.”
- 1970 - Jim Morrison of the Doors was arrested for public intoxication after falling asleep on a stranger's porch.
- 1970 - The Medicine Ball Caravan with the Grateful Dead played their first show in San Francisco.
- 1975 - Robert Plant and his wife were seriously injured in a car crash.
- 1979 - A concert was held to raise money for Lowell George of Little Feat which included Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Emmylou Harris.
- 1979 - Led Zeppelin played their first show in the U.K. in four years at Knebworth Park before 120,000 people.
- 1982 - Wild Man Fischer decided to come out of retirement, one day after he entered it.
- 1990 - Robbers stole $260,000 in merchandise sales while the New Kids on the Block performed in Montreal.
- 1990 - Janet Jackson collapsed on stage in St. Louis from an inner ear infection.
- 2003 - Jack White posted video of his hand operation on the internet, necessitated by a July auto accident.
- 2003 - Kurt Novoselic, formerly of Nirvana, said he is retiring from the music business although he will still play music with his band.
- 1970 - Dennis Wilson (Beach Boys) and Barbara Charren
- 1984 - Phil Collins and Jill Tavelman
- 1981 - Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White
- 1994 - Notorious B.I.G. and Faith Evans
- 2001 - Dave Stewart and Anouska Fisz
- 2001 - Jason Aldean and Jessica Ussery
- 1927 - The Soldier's Sweetheart, Sleep, Baby, Sleep - Jimmie Rodgers (his first recording session for Victor)
- 1965 - Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues, Desolation Row - Bob Dylan (last recording session for Highway 61 Revisited)
- 1980 - Double Fantasy - John Lennon (first day of recording)
- 1974 - Loves Me Like a Rock - Paul Simon (single)
- 1957 - Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Everly Brothers
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1956 - My Prayer / Heaven on Earth - Platters (2 weeks)
- 1958 - Poor Little Fool - Ricky Nelson (2 weeks)
- 1973 - The Morning After - Maureen McGovern (2 weeks)
- 1990 - Vision of Love - Mariah Carey (4 weeks)
- 2001 - Bootylicious - Destiny's Child (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
- 1945 - King Cole Trio - Nat King Cole Trio (1 week (11 previous weeks at number 1))
- 1984 - Purple Rain - Prince & the Revolution / Soundtrack (24 weeks)
- 2007 - Now That's What I Call Music 25 - Various Artists (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
- 1956 - Rip It Up - Little Richard (2 weeks)
- 1958 - Splish Splash - Bobby Darin (2 weeks)
- 1962 - You'll Lose a Good Thing - Barbara Lynn (3 weeks)
- 1973 - Angel - Aretha Franklin (2 weeks)
- 1990 - Can't Stop - After 7 (1 week)
- 2001 - Loverboy - Mariah Carey Featuring Cameo (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
- 1945 - Oklahoma Hills - Jack Guthrie (3 weeks (1 previous week at number 1))
- 1973 - Lord, Mr. Ford - Jerry Reed (1 week)
- 1984 - Mama He's Crazy - Judds (1 week)
- 1990 - Good Times - Dan Seals (2 weeks)
- 2001 - When I Think About Angels - Jamie O'Neal (1 week)
- 2007 - Never Wanted Nothing More - Kenny Chesney (5 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
- 1960 - Shakin' All Over - Johnny Kidd & the Pirates (1 week)
- 1966 - With a Girl Like You - Troggs (2 weeks)
- 2002 - Colourblind - Darius (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
- 2002 - The Rising - Bruce Springsteen (1 week)