1960: Chubby Checker performed his smash hit "The Twist" on American Bandstand.
Elvis closed in on #1 with "It's Now or Never"
1964: Bob Dylan released his album Another Side of Bob Dylan.
1965: The Animals, the Spencer Davis Group, and Long John Baldry helped conclude the three-day National Jazz and Blues Festival in Richmond, Surrey, England.
1969: But the place to be in 1969 was at the Plumpton Race Track in East Sussex, England, for the ninth annual National Jazz and Blues Festival. Sussex was the fourth location in the event's history, following Richmond, Windsor, and Sunbury. Pink Floyd and Soft Machine were among the acts on opening night.
1970: Black Sabbath, Cat Stevens, Peter Green, the Chicago Climax Blues Band, Fotheringay, and the Strawbs thrilled fans at the 10th annual National Jazz and Blues Festival at the Plumpton Race Track in East Sussex, England. The Festival spread to four days for the first and final time.
1970: Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 moved into the #1 slot on the album chart with CCR's great Cosmo's Factory close behind. The Soundtrack to "Woodstock" was the previous #1, followed by Let It Be from the Beatles and McCartney by Paul McCartney. The rest of the Top 10: ABC from the Jackson 5, Deja Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Self Portrait by Bob Dylan, Chicago II moving into the Top 10 and the Who with Live at Leeds.
Alive & Kicking had one of the great-sounding songs of the summer
1975: Cannonball Adderley ("Mercy, Mercy, Mercy") died of a stroke at the age of 46 in Gary, Indiana.
1976: Boston released their epic debut album.
1981: The Pretenders were in concert in Fort Pierce, Florida.
1981: "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield held on to #1 but Diana Ross & Lionel Richie were gaining fast with "Endless Love", which moved from 14 to 2 on this date. Joey Scarbury's "Theme from 'Greatest American Hero' (Believe It or Not)" was at 3 while Kenny Rogers remained at #4 with "I Don't Need You".
1986: David Crosby was released from prison after serving his sentence for drug and weapons possession.
T'Pau had one hit, but it was a great one
1992: TLC had the #1 R&B song with "Baby-Baby-Baby".
2000: The head of security for James Brown was arrested in connection with an Augusta, Georgia fire that destroyed Brown's offices.
2005: Marc Cohn was shot in the head after a tour bus was stopped in Denver--he miraculously survived.
2005: In today's "Inmates Run Rap Music" segment, rapper Young Buck and Lloyd Banks were arrested for possessing a handgun and loaded gun.
2006: Travis Barker of Blink-182 filed for divorce from wife Shanna Moakler.
1949: Keith Carradine, actor and Oscar winner of best song from the movie Nashville ("I'm Easy) was born in San Mateo, California.
1949: Airrion Love, singer with the Stylistics, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1950: Andy Fairweather-Low, singer and songwriter with Amen Corner, a solo artist, and session guitar with with Elton John, George Harrison Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne and Ringo Starr, was born in Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Wales .
1952: Anton Fig, who was the drummer for Bob Dylan and Cyndi Lauper, was born in Cape Town, South Africa.
1956: Ali Score, drummer with of A Flock of Seagulls
1957: Dennis Drew, founding member and keyboardist of 10,000 Maniacs was born in Jamestown, New York. (Note: some websites report Drew was born on August 7, but the correct date of birth, according to the newspaper 'The New York Times', is August 8.)
1958: Christopher Foreman, guitarist with Madness
1961: The Edge (David Evans), guitarist of U2, was born in County Dublin, Ireland.
1961: Andy Fletcher, co-founder and synthesizer player of Depeche Mode, was born in Nottingham, England.
1961: Paul Jackson, bassist with T'Pau ("Heart and Soul" from 1987), was born in Telford, England.
1968: Ian Moore, guitarist who has appeared with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and ZZ Top, was born in Berkeley, California.