BORN ON AUGUST 4
1901 – Louis Armstrong, American trumpet player and singer (d. 1971)
1921 – Herb Ellis, American guitarist (d. 2010)
1940 – Larry Knechtel, American bassist(Bread and The Wrecking Crew) (d. 2009)
1952 – Moya Brennan, Irish singer-songwriter and harp player (Clannad and T with the Maggies)
1958 – Ian Broudie, English singer-songwriter, guitarist (The Lightning Seeds, Big in Japan, and Care)
1959 – Robbin Crosby, American guitarist and songwriter (Ratt) (d. 2002)
1962 – Paul Reynolds, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (A Flock of Seagulls)
1965 – Terri Lyne Carrington, American singer-songwriter, drummer
1969 – Max Cavalera, Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Sepultura, Soulfly)
1978 – JD Samson, American DJ and producer (Le Tigre, MEN, and The New England Roses)
1985 – Kina Grannis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1986 – Nick Augusto, American drummer (Trivium)
DIED ON AUGUST 4
2007 – Lee Hazlewood, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
2012 – Johnnie Bassett, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1935)
2013 – Tim Wright, American bass player (Pere Ubu and DNA) (b. 1950)
2014 – Jake Hooker, Israeli-American guitarist and songwriter (Arrows) (b. 1953)
EVENTS ON AUGUST 4
1957 – The Everly Brothers made their second appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show” and introduced their upcoming single, “Wake Up Little Susie” and the song “Bye Bye Love.”
1962 – The Rolling Stones played the first of 22 weekly shows at Ealing Jazz Club in Ealing, London. They were known as The Rollin’ Stones during this period.
1966 – A ban of the broadcast of any and all Beatles records on most U.S. radio stations went into effect. The ban was in response to John Lennon stating that the band was now more popular than Jesus Christ.
1975 – Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and his wife were both badly injured when his car spun off the road and crashed on the Greek island of Rhodes. Plant smashed both his ankle and his elbow, and was not fully fit for the best part of two years. A forthcoming North American tour had to be cancelled.
1979 – The film “Rock & Roll High School” starring the Ramones premiered in New York, NY.
1984 – Prince started a 24 week run at the top of the US album charts with ‘Purple Rain’. His sixth studio album which features the hits “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy,” as well as the title track. The soundtrack has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
2002 – Bruce Springsteen scored a US and UK No.1 album with ‘The Rising.’
2005 – American blues singer and guitarist Little Milton died. Milton had suffered a brain aneurysm on July 25, 2005 and had lapsed into a coma. He signed to Sun records in 1953 and had the 1965 US No.25 single ‘We’re Gonna Make It’.
2007 – Singer, songwriter Lee Hazlewood died of cancer, in his home near Las Vegas aged 78. Hazlewood wrote and produced many of Nancy Sinatra’s most famous hits, including “These Boots Were Made For Walkin,'” “Jackson” and “Did You Ever.” He also produced Duane Eddy and Gram Parsons.