Stewart Copeland – July 16, 1952 (drums, police)

“Peppermint” Harris – July 17, 1925 (jump blues guitarist)

Ron Asheton – July 17, 1948 (guitar, Iggy Pop and the Stooges)

Terence “Geezer” Butler – July 17, 1949 (bass, Black Sabbath)

Nicolette Larson – July 17, 1952 (singer, Neil Young)

Bruce Crump – July 17, 1957 (drummer, Molly Hatchet)

Screamin Jay Hawkins – July 18, 1929 (Pioneer of shock rock)

Ian Stewart – July 18, 1938 (keyboards, The Rolling Stones)

Dion – July 18, 1939 (singer, Dion and Belmonts)

Lonnie Mack – July 18, 1941 (rock and blues musician)

Danny McCullock – July 18, 1945 (guitar, The Animals)

Jack Irons – July 18, 1962 (drummer, Red Hot Chili Peppers / Pearl Jam)

Buster Benton – July 19, 1932 (guitar, Willie Dixon)

Little Freddie King – July 19, 1940 (blues musician)

Bernie Leadon – July 19, 1947 (guitar, The Eagles)

Brian May – July 19, 1947 (guitar, Queen)

Keith Godchaux – July 19, 1947 (keyboards, The Grateful Dead)

Allen Collins – July 19, 1952 (guitar, Lynyrd Skynyrd)

John Lodge (bass, Moody Blues)

Carlos Santana – July 20, 1947 (guitar, Santana)

Paul Cook – July 20, 1956 (drums, Sex Pistols)

Chris Cornell –July 20, 1964 (singer, Sound Garden)

Floyd Jones – July 21, 1917 (guitar, electric blues)

Cat Stevens – July 21, 1948

George Clinton – July 22, 1941 (musician, Parliament-Funkadelic)

Don Henley – July 22, 1947 (singer, Eagles)

Al Di Meola – July 22, 1954 (rock guitarist)



Johnny Winter – July 16, 2014

Billie Holiday – July 17, 1959

John Coltrane – July 17, 1967

Chas Chandler – July 17, 1996 (bass, Animals)

Chester Bennington – July 17, 2017 (singer, Linkin Park)

Long John Baldry –July 21, 1941



The Who, “I’m Free” was released: July 16th, 1966

Jefferson Starship’s “Modern Time” awarded gold: July 16th, 1981

The Beatles, “All You Need Is Love” was released: July 17th, 1967

“Chicago 16” enters Hot 200: July 17, 1982

The Beatles, “Help!” was released: July 19th, 1965

Genesis’ “Invisible Touch” hits #1: July 19, 1986

Bob Dylan, “Like A Rolling Stone” was released: July 20th, 1965

Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction was released: July 21, 1987

The Doors L.A. Woman is certified Gold: July 22, 1971


The Beach Boy sign to Capitol Records – July 16, 1962

Eric Clapton forms the band Cream with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker: July 16, 1966

– The Beatles work on recordings of two George Harrison penned tunes, “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun.” The two songs are generally considered two of George’s masterpieces, impressing all of The Beatles as well as producer George Martin. Harrison was inspired to write “Here Comes the Sun” while wandering around in Eric Clapton’s garden: July 16, 1969

– Pink Floyd record a show at the BBC Paris Cinema in London. The show was broadcast on the John Peel show on July 19, 1970. The relatively early Floyd show contains tunes like “Careful With That Axe, Eugene,” and “Atom Heart Mother”: July 16, 1970

– Jazz legend and occasional blues singer Billie Holidays passes away too young at age 43 from cirrhosis of the liver at a New York City hospital: July 17, 1959

– Another jazz icon, saxophonist John Coltrane, passes away from liver cancer on Long Island at age 40. Coltrane was one of the most innovative players of the jazz idiom, playing with other greats like Miles Davis and experimenting with forms including hard bop, modal jazz, and avant-garde jazz. Many consider his greatest work to be the song cycle album A Love Supreme. He would be an influence to plenty of rock guitarists in addition to those in the jazz tradition: July 17, 1967

Bob Marley and the Wailers play a historic concert at Lyceum Theater in London: July 17, 1975

Great blues player Gary Moore leaves the band Thin Lizzy: July 17, 1979

– The Rolling Stones have their first hit on the American charts with their cover of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away.”: July 18th, 1964

London’s Abbey Road Studios is open to public as a tourist attraction: July 18, 1983

The first ever Lollapalooza music festival is held in North America: July 18, 1991

– Billboard magazine publishes their first combined record sales chart, ranking the hits of all major labels. Sitting atop the ten entries is Tommy Dorsey’s “I’ll Never Smile Again,” lead vocals by Frank Sinatra: July 20th, 1940

– British paper Mersey Beat announces that the Beatles — or rather, the Beat Brothers, as they were then known — have just signed their first recording contract. Not with Capitol, but with famed German producer Bert Kaempfert: July 20th, 1961
Roger Waters performs the album The Wall at the Berlin Wall. Over 200,000 attended: July 21, 1990

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