On This Day, July 16 In Music History


On this day July 16 in 1959 – The Coasters recorded their version of ‘Poison Ivy’. The song topped the US R&B chart, reached no.7 on the Hot 100 and it peaked at No.15 in the UK.

1964 – The Rolling Stones scored their first number one single in the UK with their rendition of ‘It’s All Over Now’. Also a chart-topper in the Netherlands that year.

1966 – Rock’s first supergroup Cream was formed on this day July 16 in music history by guitarist Eric Clapton, drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce. They made their live debut on July 29 at the Twisted Wheel club in Manchester.

1966 – With their rendition of ‘Hanky Panky’Tommy James and the Shondells topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Also a chart-topper in Canada.

1977 – With his rendition of ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’Shaun Cassidy reached No.1 on the US Singles chart on this day July 16.

1977 – Barry Manilow interrupted Fleetwood Mac‘s eight-week run at No.1 on the US Billboard 200 chart when his fifth album ‘Barry Manilow Live’ topped the chart. The next week Fleetwood Mac returned to the top with ‘Rumors’  and stayed there for nineteen consecutive weeks.

1977 – Pop singer Johnny Mathis hit No.1 on the UK Albums chart with his greatest this compilation The Johnny Mathis Collection’ on this day July 16.

1981 – American folk and pop rock singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Harold “Harry” Chapin died at the age of 38 in a car accident.

1994 – With their second studio album ‘Music for the Jilted Generation’, electronic music group the Prodigy went to No.1 in the UK on this day July 16 in music history.

1994 – The soundtrack album for the Disney animated film ‘The Lion King’ started a nine-week run at number one in the US. The soundtrack album won three Grammy Awards and it was an international hit topping the charts in Canada, New Zealand, and Switzerland as well.

1996 – American drummer John Panozzo died on this day July 16, aged 47 from cirrhosis. Best remembered as a member of the rock band Styx.

2005 – James Blunt started an eight-week stint at No.1 in the UK with his debut studio album ‘Back to Bedlam’. The album features two of his biggest hits ‘You’re Beautiful’ and ‘Goodbye My Lover’.

2005 – Country music singer George Strait topped the US Billboard 200 chart with his twenty-third studio album ‘Somewhere Down in Texas’ on this day July 16.

2008 – American traditional pop music singer Jo Elizabeth Stafford died at the age of 90. Best remembered for chart-topping songs such as ‘You Belong to Me’, ‘Make Love to Me’, ‘Candy’, etc.

2011 – The number one single in the United Kingdom on this day July 16 in music history was ‘Louder’ by DJ Fresh featuring singer Sian Evans.

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2011 – With her fourth studio album ‘4’Beyonce started a two-week stint at number one in the US. The album also hit No.1 in six other countries worldwide, including the UK.

2011 – LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock started a six-week run at No.1 in the US with ‘Party Rock Anthem’ on this day July 16. The song went to No.1 in twelve other countries, including the UK, Canada, and Australia. In Australia, it became the best-selling single of all time.

2012 – Keyboardist, composer and co-founder of Deep Purple, Jon Lord died on this day, aged 71 from pancreatic cancer.

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2014 – American blues rock singer, guitarist, and record producer Johnny Winter died on this day July 16, aged 70. Best remembered for his solo work and for producing three Grammy Award-winning albums for Muddy Waters.

2015 – With his debut single ‘House Every Weekend’, British DJ David Zowie went to number one on the UK Singles chart.

2015 – Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran returned to No.1 in the UK on this day July 16 in music history with his second studio album ‘X’ (pronounced ‘Multiply’ or ‘Times’).

2016 – One half of the electronic protopunk duo SuicideAlan Bermowitz also known as Alan Vega died at the age of 78.

2020 – With his fifteenth solo studio album ‘On Sunset’, singer-songwriter Paul Weller reached number one in the UK on this day July 16.

2021 – American rapper, Dj and producer Marcel Hall also known professionally as Biz Markie died at the age of 57 due to complications from diabetes. Best remembered for his hit single ‘Just a Friend’.


1925 – Latin jazz vibraphonist, composer and bandleader Callen “Cal” Tjader was born in St. Louis, Missouri on this day July 16 in music history. In 1980 he won a Grammy Award for his album ‘La Onda Va Bien’.

1925 – American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Nathaniel “Nat” Pierce was born on this day in Somerville, Massachusetts. Best known for his work with Woody Herman in the 1950s.

1938 – English singer and bassist Anthony “Tony” Jackson was born on this day July 16 in Liverpool. Best known as a member of the Merseybeat group The Searchers.

1939 – Multi-genre singer-songwriter Ora Denise Allen also known professionally as Denise LaSalle was born in Leflore County, Mississippi. She rose to prominence with her 1971 chart-topping single ‘Trapped by a Thing Called Love’.

1941 – Jamaican ska and reggae singer-songwriter Desmon Dekker was born on this day July 16 in Saint Andrew Parish. Best known for hit songs such as ‘Israelites’, ‘It Mek’, and ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want’.

1944 – American musician Thomas Boggs was born on this day in Wynne, Arkansas. He rose to fame as a member of the rock band Box Tops.

1952 – Co-founder and drummer of the rock band The PoliceStewart Copeland was born in Alexandria, Virginia on this day July 16 in music history.

1952 – Founding member and lead guitarist of the rock band DivinylsMark McEntee was born on this day in Perth, Australia.

1971 – American singer-songwriter and guitarist Edward “Ed” Kowalczyk was born on this day July 16 in York, Pennsylvania. He gained popularity as a founding member of the rock band Live.

1974 – Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and film score composer Jeremy Enigk was born on this day in Seattle, Washington.

1990 – Nigerian singer and songwriter Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun also known professionally as Wizkid was born on this day July 16 in Surulere, Nigeria.

1996 – Co-founder and frontman of the pop rock band 5 Seconds of SummerLuke Hemmings was born in Freemans Reach, Australia on this day July 16 in music history.

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