Almanac: January 29
- 1917 - Lloyd Perryman (Sons of the Pioneers) (d. 1977)
- 1920 - Paul Gayten (d. 1991)
- 1931 - Leslie Bricusse (composer) (82)
- 1936 - James Jamerson (Funk Brothers) (d. 1983)
- 1942 - Claudine Longet (71)
- 1943 - Tony Blackburn (British DJ) (70)
- 1943 - Mark Wynter (70)
- 1944 - Andrew Loog Odham (69)
- 1946 - Bettye LaVette (67)
- 1947 - David Byron (Uriah Heep) (d. 1985)
- 1948 - Bill Kirchen (Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen) (65)
- 1948 - Felice Taylor (65)
- 1952 - Tommy Ramone (born Erdélyi Tamás) (Ramones) (61)
- 1953 - Charlie Wilson (60)
- 1953 - Louie Perez (Los Lobos) (60)
- 1953 - Peter Bauman (Tangerine Dream) (60)
- 1954 - Richard Manitoba (MC5, Dictators) (59)
- 1954 - Rob Manzoli (Right Said Fred) (59)
- 1956 - Irlene Mandrell (Mandrell Sisters) (57)
- 1959 - Johnny Spampinato (NRBQ) (54)
- 1961 - Eddie Jackson (Queenryche) (52)
- 1961 - Pauline Henry (Chimes) (52)
- 1961 - David Baynton-Power (James) (52)
- 1962 - Marcus Vere (Living in a Box) (51)
- 1964 - Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) (49)
- 1981 - Jonny Lang (32)
- 1982 - Adam Lambert (31)
- 1976 - Jesse Fuller - Heart disease (79)
- 1980 - Jimmy Durante - Pneumonia (86)
- 1992 - Willie Dixon - Heart failure (76)
- 2005 - Eric Griffiths (Quarrymen) (64)
- 2009 - John Martyn - Double pneumonia (60)
- 1961 - Bob Dylan met Woody Guthrie for the first time.
- 1962 - Peter, Paul and Mary signed with Warner Brothers records.
- 1964 - The Beatles went to Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris and recorded the German versions of She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand and Can't Buy Me Love.
- 1972 - Smokey Robinson split with the Miracles.
- 1979 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer split up.
- 1982 - Gary Numan was forced to land his plane in Southampton, England at an RAF Base after running low on fuel.
- 1989 - Billy Joel sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXIII.
- 1991 - The Stone Roses attacked the offices of their former label, Revolver Records, over what they perceived as the unauthorized rerelease of their early material.
- 1991 - The band James played on the roof of the Beatles' old offices in London 22 years to the day after the Fab Four had done the same.
- 1994 - Mary Wilson of the Supremes was injured and her 14-year-old son was killed when their jeep crashed on the freeway in Los Angeles.
- 1998 - Paul Simon's musical The Capeman premiered opened on Broadway.
- 2001 - A U.S. District Court Judge ruled that George Clinton had, in fact, signed away the rights to his songs to Bridgeport Music in 1983.
- 2006 - Bryan Adams played in Karachi, Pakistan, the first performance by a western artist in the country in many years.
- 2010 - Sly Stone filed a $50 million lawsuit against his former manager Jerry Goldstein over fraud and stolen royalties.
- 1983 - Stevie Nicks and Kim Anderson
- 2004 - James Brown and Tommie Ray Brown (filed by Brown)
- 1958 - Tequila - Champs
- 1966 - I Fought the Law - Bobby Fuller Four
- 1942 - Desert Island Discs (BBC) (Premier)
- 1969 - The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (CBS) (Premier)
- 1986 - Crook and Chase (The Nashville Network) (Premier)