July 4 in music history
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On This Day, July 4 In Music History


On this day July 4 in 1958  – With their rendition of ‘All I Have to do Is Dream’, the Everly Brothers topped the UK singles chart.

1964 -- The Beach Boys scored their first number one single in the US with ‘I Get Around’. It became a chart-topper in Canada as well while in the UK it peaked at No.7.

1976  – Punk rock band The Clash played for the first in front of an audience at a show in Sheffield, England on this day July 4. They were the support act for the Sex Pistols.

1987  – Synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys topped the UK singles chart with ‘It’s a Sin’ on this day July 4 in music history. The song was an international hit that year and it went to number one in twelve countries.

1988  – Australian singer and songwriter Kylie Minogue released her debut studio album ‘Kylie’. The album topped the charts in the UK and New Zealand, while in her home country of Australia it peaked at No.2.

1992  – Rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot started a five-week run at number one on the US singles chart with ‘Baby Got Back’.

1995  – The Foo Fighters released their self-titled debut studio album on this day July 4. The album peaked at No.3 in the UK and No.23 in the US.

1998  – The soundtrack album for the film City of Angels topped the US Billboard 200 chart on this day July 4. It features songs by U2, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, Alanis Morissette, etc. Also a chart-topper in Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and Switzerland that year.

2003  – American singer and songwriter Barry Eugene Carter also known professionally as Barry White died at the age of 58. He’s one of the best-selling musicians of all time with over 100 million records sold worldwide.

2007  – Founding member of The DriftersWillie “Bill” Pinkney died on this day July 4 at the age of 81. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 as a member of the band.

2009  – The Jonas Brothers went to number one in the US with their fourth studio album ‘Lines, Vines and Trying Times’. Also a chart-topper in Canada, Mexico, and Spain that year.

2009  – American musician Drake Levin died on this day at the age of 62 from cancer. He rose to fame as the guitarist of the pop-rock band Paul Revere & the Raiders.

2009  – Synth-pop duo La Roux went to number one on the UK singles chart with ‘Bulletproof’ on this day July 4 in music history.

La Roux – Bulletproof

La Roux - Bulletproof (Official Video)

2013  – Rapper Jay-Z released his twelfth studio album ‘Magna Carta… Holy Grail’. It went to No.1 in Canada, Switzerland, the UK, and the US.

2015  – After nearly five decades of recording and performing, James Taylor scored his first No.1 album in the US with ‘Before This World’, his nineteenth studio LP. It was also a hit in the UK where it peaked at No.4.

2020 -- DaBaby & Roddy Ricch started a five-week run at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with ‘Rockstar’ on this day July 4.

2021  – American country-rockabilly singer and guitarist Sanford Clark died on this day July 4, aged 85. Best remembered for his 1956 hit single ‘The Fool’.


1911  – American conductor, oboist, producer and executive Mitchell Miller was born on this day July 4 in Rochester, New York.

1938  – American singer and songwriter William “Bill” Withers was born in Slab Fork, West Virginia. Best known for hit songs such as ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, ‘Lean on Me’, ‘Lovely Day’, ‘Just the Two of Us’, etc.

1940  – English pianist and organist David Rowberry was born in Mapperley on this day July 4 in music history. He rose to fame in the 1960s as a member of the R&B and rock band The Animals.

1943  – American musician Alan Wilson also known by his nickname Blind Owl, was born in Arlington, Massachusetts. He rose to fame as the co-founder of the blues rock band Canned Heat.

1948  – English musician Jeremy Spencer was born on this day July 4 in Hartlepool. Best known as a founding member and guitarist of the rock band Fleetwood Mac.

1951  – Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Ralph Johnson was born in Los Angeles, California. He rose to fame as a member of the band Earth, Wind & Fire.

1952  – English singer-songwriter John Waite was born on this day July 4 in Lancaster. He is known for his eminent solo career and for fronting bands like The Babys and Bad English.

1956  – American bassist and singer Deon Estus was born in Detroit, Michigan. Best known for playing bass with Wham! and George Michael.

1958  – Founding member of the rock band INXSKirk Pengilly was born on this day in Melbourne Australia.

1963  – Co-founder, guitarist and lead singer of StryperMichael Sweet was born in Whittier, California on this day July 4 in music history.

1972  – American drummer William Goldsmith was born in Seattle, Washington. Best known as a member of the Foo Fighters and Sunny Day Real Estate.

1978  – Founding member and singer-songwriter of the R&B group BBMakStephen McNally was born in Liverpool, England.

1995  – American rapper and singer-songwriter Austin Post also known professionally as Post Malone was born on this day July 4 in Syracuse, New York.

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