Almanac: January 16, 2016
- 1923 - Roy Lanham (Sons of the Pioneers) (d. 1991)
- 1931 - Hal Miller (Rays) (85)
- 1934 - Bob Bogle (Ventures) (d. 2009)
- 1939 - Mac Curtis (d. 2013)
- 1942 - Ray Phillips (Nashville Teens) (74)
- 1942 - Barbara Lynn (74)
- 1942 - René Angélil (manager & husband of Celine Dion) (d. 2016)
- 1942 - Billy Francis (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show (d. 2010)
- 1943 - Ronnie Milsap (73)
- 1944 - Jim Stafford (72)
- 1951 - Richard Thompson (B.T. Express) (65)
- 1951 - Tommy Crain (Charlie Daniels Band) (d. 2011)
- 1959 - Sade (born Sade Adu) (57)
- 1959 - Jill Sobule (57)
- 1961 - Paul Raven (Killing Joke) (d. 2007)
- 1962 - Maxine Jones (En Vogue) (51)
- 1962 - Paul Webb (Talk Talk) (51)
- 1970 - Brendan O'Hare (Teenage Fanclub) (46)
- 1976 - Stuart Fletcher (Seahorses) (40)
- 1979 - Aaliyah (born Aaliyah Haughton) (d. 2001)
- 1980 - James Young (Eli Young Band) (36)
- 1981 - Nick Valensi (Strokes) (35)
- 1982 - Samuel Preston (Ordinary Boys) (34)
- 1972 - Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. (David Seville) - Heart attack (52)
- 2000 - Will "Dub" Jones (Cadets, Coasters) - Diabetes (71)
- 2000 - John Morris Rankin (Rankin Family) - Car accident (40)
- 2007 - James "Pookie" Hudson (Spaniels) (72)
- 2010 - Carl Smith (82)
- 2012 - Jimmy Castor - Heart failure (71)
On This Day
- 1943 - Ernest Tubb made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
- 1949 - Little Jimmy Dickens had his first recording session.
- 1953 - Bill Monroe was severely injured in a head-on car collision near White House, TN. He suffers 19 broken bones
- 1957 - The Cavern Club opened in Liverpool.
- 1970 - A John Lennon art exhibit of erotic lithographs at the London Art Gallery was closed down by the authorities for alleged obscenity.
- 1978 - Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols was rushed to a hospital after falling through a glass door in San Francisco.
- 1980 - Paul McCartney was placed in a Japanese jail for nine days after he was found in the possession of marijuana.
- 1984 - Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for drug possession in the Barbados.
- 1987 - Jools Holland was suspended by the U.K.'s Channel 4 after saying “groovy fuckers” during a live ad broadcast during children's hours.
- 1988 - Tina Turner set the record (to that date) for largest audience for a single artist when she played before 182,000 people in Rio De Janeiro.
- 1990 - Ike Turner was sentenced to four years in prison on charges of driving under the influence of cocaine.
- 1994 - Donny Osmond fought Danny Bonaduce (Partridge Family) for charity.
- 1996 - Jimmy Buffett's seaplane was fired at by Jamaican authorities who had mistaken it for a drug runner's craft. Also on board was U2's Bono.
- 1996 - Wayne Newton performed his 25,000th Las Vegas show.
- 1998 - The documentary Kurt and Courtney was pulled from the Sundance Film Festival when it was learned that there were rights issues, including music rights.
- 1999 - Trisha Yearwood was asked to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry on the Ryman stage by Ricky Skaggs.
- 1999 - The Whiskey-a-Go-Go in Los Angeles began a 35th Anniversary celebration with shows by Robbie Krieger, the Grass Roots, Johnny Rivers, Nancy Sinatra, Jan & Dean, Randy Bachman and Martha Reeves.
- 2002 - Dido had her Brit Award nomination for British Newcomer revoked when members of the nominating committee realized she had been around for a few years.
- 2004 - Michael Jackson plead not guilty to seven charges of child molestation.
- 2005 - Elvis Presley's One Night became the 1,000th number one on the U.K. Singles chart.
- 2008 - An intimate Radiohead show had to be moved to a larger club after authorities intervened. 1,500 showed up for the show that promised tickets to the first 200 fans.
- 2009 - Boy George was sentenced to 15 months in prison for falsely imprisoning a male escort.
- 1979 - Cher and Gregg Allman
- 1949 - Little Jimmy Dicken's first recording session for Columbia
- 1957 - Lucille - Little Richard
- 1973 - If We Make It Through December - Merle Haggard
- 1992 - Unplugged - Eric Clapton
- 1965 - Shakin' All Over - Guess Who
- 1976 - Donny & Marie (ABC) - Donny & Marie Osmond
- 1987 - American Bandstand - Beastie Boys
- 1993 - Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (CBS) - Johnny Cash
- 1994 - Out of the Darkness (CBS, movie) - Diana Ross