1962, The Beach Boys signed to Capitol Records in the US, their first hit was in Sept this year with 'Surfin' Safari.'
1965, During a UK tour The Rolling Stones appeared at The Odeon in Exeter supported by The Walker Brothers and Steam Packet.
1966, Tommy James and the Shondells started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Hanky Panky', a song first recorded by The Raindrops. A No.38 hit in the UK.
1966, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton formed Cream, the three piece group only lasted 2 years, leaving behind some classic recordings including 'Sunshine of Your Love,' 'Badge,' 'Strange Brew,' and 'White Room.'
1967, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, Janis Ian, David Blue, Mike Settle, Tom Paxton and Eric Andersen all appeared at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.
1969, During recordings at Abbey Road studio's in London The Beatles worked on two new George Harrison songs, 'Here Comes The Sun' and 'Something.'
1970, Pink Floyd recorded a show at the BBC Paris Cinema, in London, England for broadcast on the John Peel Sunday Concert, on BBC Radio 1, (broadcast 19 July of this year.)
1972, Smokey Robinson made his last appearance with The Miracles at a concert in Washington DC.
1977, Barry Manilow went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Barry Manilow Live', the singers only US chart topper.
1977, Shaun Cassidy went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Da Doo Ron Ron', his only US No. Shaun is the half brother of David Cassidy.
1977, 'The Johnny Mathis Collection' started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart.
1981, US singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, who had success in the '70s with 'Taxi', 'W-O-L-D' and a No. 1 'Cat's In The Cradle', is killed aged 38 suffering a cardiac arrest while driving on a New York expressway. His car is hit from behind by a tractor-trailer, causing the gas tank to explode.
1984, US singer Billy Williams died aged 74. Had the 1957 US No.3 single 'I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter').
1988, Steve Cayter a road crew technician with Def Leppard, died of a brain haemorrhage on stage before an American show at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre.
1989, Tom Jones lost a paternity suit, and was ordered by Judge Judy Sheindlin to pay $200 a week in child support to 27 year old, Katherine Berkery, of New York. Further terms of the settlement were agreed upon a couple of months later.
1993, The first of the three day Phoenix festival in England started, featuring Sonic Youth, Faith No More, The Black Crowes, Julian Cope, Pop Will Eat Itself, Radiohead, Living Colour, Manic Street Preachers, Pulp, tickets £49.
1994, The film soundtrack to 'The Lion King' started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.
1995, Rap singer Queen Latifah was the victim of a car-jacking attempt that went wrong, leaving her bodyguard shot and wounded.
1995, Wayne Osmond from The Osmonds underwent a brain tumour operation at Duke University Medical Centre, North Carolina.
1996, John Panozzo, drummer with Styx, died from cirrhosis of the liver, aged 48.
1999, The Lilith Fair featuring Sarah McLachlan and Sheryl Crow appeared at Coors Amphitheater, San Diego, California.
2000, Coldplay went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut release 'Parachutes'.
2000, Matchbox 20 went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Bent.'
2000, The Corrs presented a petition to the European Commission demanding legislation to end piracy on the Internet. The Manic Street Preachers and The Spice Girls also added their names to the petition.
2001, Robbie Williams started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Eternity / The Road To Mandalay.' The 4th No.1 for the former Take That singer.
2003, Japanese publisher Tokyopop announced plans to start work on a comic based on the life of Courtney Love.
2007, Three masked men, carrying sledgehammers and crowbars, broke into the home of former Atomic Kitten singer Kerry Katona and escaped with goods including the singers BMW M5 sports car, two laptops, two gaming machines and two televisions. The robbers held a knife to the neck of the former pop star during the raid on her home in Wilmslow, Cheshire.
2007, The White Stripes played their 'shortest live show ever' at George Street, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Jack White played a single C# note accompanied by a bass drum/crash cymbal hit from Meg. At the end of the show, Jack announced, "We have now officially played in every province and territory in Canada." They then left the stage and performed a full show later that night in St John's.
2009, A stage being built in France for a concert by Madonna collapsed, killing two workers and injuring six others. Technicians had been setting up the stage at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille when the partially-built roof fell in, bringing down a crane. Madonna was performing on her Sticky and Sweet tour in Udine, Italy, when she received news of the incident and was said to be "devastated" by the news.
July 16th: Born on this day
1940, Born on this day, Tony Jackson, bass, vocals, The Searchers, (1964 UK No.1 & US No.13 single 'Needles And Pins'). Jackson on died 18th August 2003.
1941, Born on this day, Desmond Dekker, Jamaican singer, (with The Aces, 1969 UK No.1 & US No.9 single 'Israelites'). Died May 25, 2006.
1947, Born on this day, Thomas Boggs, drums, The Box Tops, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'The Letter').
1952, Born on this day, Stewart Copeland, (aka Klark Kent), drummer, Curved Air, (1971 UK No.4 single 'Back Street Luv'), Police, (1983 UK & US No.1 single 'Every Breath You Take' plus four other UK No.1 singles). The re-formed Doors.
1964, Born on this day, Polly Hancock, guitar, vocals, Popinjays, (1990 UK album 'Bang Up To Date With The Popinjays').
1971, Born on this day, Edward Joel Kowalczyk, singer, Live, (1997 US No.1 album 'Secret Samadhi').
1978, Born on this day, TJ, vocals, 3T, (1996 UK No.2 single 'Anything').