Happy July 4th, rockers! The first week of July brings a bevy of important music events, from the births of Ringo Starr and Jack White to the release of albums from Queen and Styx. Read on for some major events, historic record releases and notable births and deaths happening July 2 – 9.


1956 - Johnny Cash plays the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville for the first time. 

1968 - The Yardbirds play their final show in Luton, England. Jimmy Page goes on to form Led Zeppelin.

1962 - Jimi Hendrix is honorably discharged from the U.S. Army following breaking his ankle during a parachute jump.

1969 - The band Mountain forms in Long Island.

1969 - The Beatles begin recording their famed song “Here Comes the Sun.”

1972 - David Bowie introduced himself to the world as Ziggy Stardust at a “Save The Whales” benefit show in London.

1980 - Led Zeppelin plays their concert in West Berlin.

1981 - Bruce Springsteen performs the first of six sold-out gigs at the Byrne Arena in New Jersey.

1982 - Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Arden get married on July 4th.

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


Ray Charles, Ray Charles, 1957

Hootie & the Blowfish, Cracked Rear View, 1994

Queen, Keep Yourself Alive, 1973

Sonny and Cher, I Got You Babe, 1965

Styx, The Grand Illusion, 1977


Dream Theater

Dream Theater, Images and Words, 1992

Prince, Chaos and Disorder, 1996



Paul Williams (The Temptations), July 2, 1939

John Colla (Huey Louis & the News), July 2, 1952

Stephen Pearcy (Ratt), July 3, 1957

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

Bon Scott (AC/DC), July 9, 1946

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


Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones), July 3, 1969

Louis Armstrong, July 6, 1971

Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd), July 7, 2006

Nico (The Velvet Underground), July 8, 1988