The first week of July is filled with fireworks-worthy music events, from the birth of Ringo Starr to the release of the Who’s “Join Together” in the U.S. Read on for some major events, historic record releases and notable births and deaths happening July 4 – 10.


1956 - Johnny Cash performs at the Grand Old Opry show in Nashville for the first thing.

1968 - The Yardbirds break up following a show in Luton, England. Jimmy Page forges on to form Led Zeppelin.

1969 - The Beatles start recording “Here Comes the Sun.”

1972 - David Bowie appears as Ziggy Stardust for the first time at a “Save The Whales” benefit show in London.

1974 – David Bowie records his first official live album, David Live, on his US Diamond Dogs Tour.

1980 - The last final Led Zeppelin concert takes place in West Berlin.

1982 - Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Arden get married.

1989 - The Monkees get their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1990 - Little Richard gets his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1995 - The Grateful Dead play their final concert at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

2012 - Slash gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Hootie & the Blowfish, Cracked Rear View, 1994


The Who, Join Together, 1972 (U.S. release)

Queen, Keep Yourself Alive, 1973

Sonny and Cher, I Got You Babe, 1965

Styx, The Grand Illusion, 1977


Dream Theater, Images and Words, 1992

Dream Theater

Prince, Chaos and Disorder, 1996


Ray Davies (The Kinks), July 4, 1945

Chris Britton (The Troggs), July 4, 1945

Joey Molland (Badfinger), July 4, 1947

Joey Kramer (Aerosmith), July 4, 1950

Mike Einziger (Incubus), July 4, 1976

Brandon Flowers (The Killers), July 4, 1981

Robbie Robertson (The Band), July 5, 1943

Huey Lewis, born Hugh Anthony Cregg III, July 5, 1950

Michael Monarch (Steppenwolf), July 5, 1950

Robert Fitzgerald Diggs (Wu-Tang Clan), July 5, 1969

Jason Wade (Lifehouse), July 5, 1980

Dave Rowberry (The Animals), July 6, 1940

Mike Shrieve (Santana), July 6, 1949

Ringo Starr (The Beatles), born Richard Starkey, July 7, 1940

Mark White (Spin Doctors), July 7, 1962

Jai Johanny Johanson (The Allman Brothers Band), July 8, 1944

Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode), July 8, 1961

Joan Osborne, July 8, 1963

Beck, July 8, 1970

John "Mitch" Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience), July 9, 1947

Jim Kerr (Simple Minds), July 9, 1959

Courtney Love (Hole), July 9, 1964

Jack White (The White Stripes), July 9, 1975

Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath, Rainbow), July 10, 1942

Sixto Díaz Rodríguez, July 10, 1942

Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys), July 10, 1954


Louis Armstrong, July 6, 1971

Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd), July 7, 2006

Nico (The Velvet Underground), July 8, 1988