Almanac: January 25
- 1899 or 1904 - Sleepy John Estes (d. 1977)
- 1915 - Ewan MacColl (d. 1989)
- 1922 - Jimmy Wyble (Bob Will's Texas Playboys) (d. 2010)
- 1923 - Rusty Draper (d. 2003)
- 1927 - Antonio Carlos Jobim (d. 1994)
- 1931 - Stig Anderson (manager of ABBA) (d. 1997)
- 1938 - Etta James (d. 2012)
- 1946 - Ronnie Brandon (McCoys) (67)
- 1950 - Michael Cotten (Tubes) (63)
- 1953 - Malcolm Green (Split Enz) (60)
- 1956 - Andy Cox (Beat, Fine Young Cannibals) (57)
- 1957 - Edmund Sylvers (Sylvers) (d. 2004)
- 1958 - Gary Tibbs (Adam & the Ants, Roxy Music) (55)
- 1963 - Carl Fysh (Brother Beyond) (50)
- 1968 - Heinrich "Haini" Wolfgramm (Jets) (44)
- 1969 - Kina (born Kina Cosper) (Brownstone) (44)
- 1974 - Matt Odmark (Jars of Clay) (39)
- 1977 - Christian Ingebrigtsen (A1) (36)
- 1981 - Alicia Keys (32)
- 1976 - Chris Kenner - Heart attack (46)
- 1986 - Albert Grossman (manager for Bob Dylan, Peter Paul & Mary, the Band, Janis Joplin, Todd Rundgren) - Heart attack (59)
- 1999 - Robert Shaw - Stroke (82)
- 2005 - Ray Peterson - Cancer (65)
- 1960 - The National Association of Broadcasters threatened disc jockeys over the Payola scandal, saying they would fine anyone who accepted money for playing records.
- 1961 - Bob Dylan finds the family of Woody Guthrie in New York and teaches son Arlo Guthrie how to play harmonica.
- 1963 - Cilla Black performed in public for the first time at Liverpool's Cavern Club.
- 1963 - Janis Joplin performs in San Francisco for the first time.
- 1963 - Vee Jay records signed a contract to distribute the Beatles records in the U.S.
- 1971 - Grace Slick gave birth to a daughter she named god. The baby was later renamed China.
- 1978 - Joy Division made their live debut in Manchester, England.
- 1980 - The Specials made their U.S. live debut in New York.
- 1980 - Paul McCartney is released from a Tokyo prison after being arrested with a half-pound of marijuana.
- 1984 - Yoko Ono donated $425,000 to Liverpool senior's home Strawberry Fields.
- 1987 - Neil Diamond sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXI.
- 1989 - Bobby Brown was arrested for a sexually suggestive performance in Columbus, OH.
- 1991 - Paul McCartney recorded MTV Unplugged.
- 1992 - Emmylou Harris joined the Grand Ole Opry.
- 1994 - Mark Wahlberg was sued by a woman who said she was trampled at the front of the stage at one of his concerts.
- 1999 - Paul McCartney protested against British radio and TV when they banned The Light Comes From Within, the last song recorded by his late wife Linda.
- 2000 - A 1930 aluminum record is found with Frank Sinatra singing Roses of Picardy. It's believed to be his earliest recording.
- 2000 - Kevin Cadogan was fired from Third Eye Blind.
- 2001 - Jonathan King (Everyone's Gone to the Moon) was charged with ten counts of sexually abusing children.
- 2004 - Bob Dylan made an advertisement for Victoria's Secret in Italy. The move upset some of his fans.
- 2006 - Motley Crue received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 2008 - Phil Sumner of British Sea Power was knocked unconscious while stage diving at a show in Leeds, England.
- 1989 - Madonna and Sean Penn (Madonna filed for second time)
- 1963 - Till Then - Classics
- 1962 - Twistin' the Night Away - Sam Cooke (single)
- 1969 - Bayou Country - Creedence Clearwater Revival
- 2004 - Golden Globes
- Best Original Song - Into the West - Annie Lennox (from Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
- 1964 - Juke Box Jury (U.K.) - Phil Spector
- 1990 - 60 Minutes (CBS) - Paul McCartney (profiled)
- 1990 - Cheers (NBC) - Bill Medley