Almanac: January 4, 2016
- 1936 - John Gorman (Scaffold) (80)
- 1942 - John McLaughlin (74)
- 1945 - Jay Dee Maness (Desert Rose Band) (71)
- 1946 - Arthur Conley (d. 2003)
- 1947 - Chris Cutler (Henry Cow) (69)
- 1955 - Clive Gregson (producer, songwriter) (61)
- 1955 - Mark Hollis (Talk Talk) (61)
- 1955 - Kathy Forester (Forester Sisters) (61)
- 1956 - Bernard Sumner (Joy Division, New Order) (60)
- 1956 - Nels Cline (Wilco) (60)
- 1957 - Patty Loveless (59)
- 1958 - Marcel King (Sweet Sensations) (d. 1995)
- 1959 - Vanity (born Denise Matthews) (57)
- 1960 - Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) (56)
- 1962 - Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) (54)
- 1962 - Martin McAloon (Prefab Sprout) (54)
- 1962 - Peter Steele (born Peter Ratajczyk) (Type O Negative) (d. 2010)
- 1963 - Till Lindemann (Rammstein) (53)
- 1965 - Cait O'Riordan (Pogues) (51)
- 1965 - David Glasper (Breathe) (51)
- 1965 - Beth Gibbons (Portishead) (51)
- 1966 - Deanna Carter (50)
- 1967 - Benjamin Darvill (aka Son of Dave, Crash Test Dummies) (49)
- 1977 - Tim Wheeler (Ash) (39)
- 1979 - Jeph Howard (Used) (37)
- 1986 - Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) - Pneumonia and sepsis (36)
- 1998 - John Gary (65)
- 2008 - Vernon Derrick (Hank Williams Jr.'s Bama Band) - Heart and renal failure (74)
- 2011 - Mick Karn (born Andonis Michaelides) (Japan) - Cancer (52)
- 2011 - Gerry Rafferty (Stealers Wheel) - Liver failure (63)
- 2013 - Sammy Johns (66)
- 1923 - WBAP, Dallas, became the first radio station west of the Mississippi to broadcast country music.
- 1936 - Billboard Magazine printed its first pop music chart.
- 1950 - RCA announced that they would be producing vinyl LPs.
- 1953 - Hank Williams' funeral was held in Montgomery, AL.
- 1957 - Elvis Presley had his pre-induction physical.
- 1968 - The University of California made study of the music of the Rolling Stones a part of the music department curriculum.
- 1969 - George Jones and Dolly Parton became members of the Grand Ole Opry.
- 1970 - Who drummer Keith Moon ran over chauffer Neil Boland while trying to escape a group of skinheads in Hatfield, England.
- 1971 - The movie Performance with Mick Jagger premiered in London.
- 1973 - It was announced that Lamar Williams would replace the late Barry Oakley in the Allman Brothers.
- 1976 - Mal Evans, former roadie for the Beatles, was killed by Los Angeles police after he pointed a loaded rifle at them.
- 1979 - The Star Club in Hamburg, Germany reopened.
- 1993 - Patty Loveless returned to singing at the Grand Ole Opry after throat surgery.
- 2000 - Oasis announced that their next album would be on their own label.
- 2004 - Ray Davies of the Kinks was shot in the leg while trying to stop two men who had stolen his companion's purse.
- 2005 - Ashlee Simpson was booed offstage while performing at the Orange Bowl.
- 2006 - Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees bought the house where Johnny Cash lived for 35 years in Nashville.
- 2006 - The body of Barry Cowsill of the Cowsills was found in a New Orleans morgue. He was assumed to have perished during Hurricane Katrina the previous year.
- 2008 - Beyonce won a lawsuit where another writer claimed to have written her hit Baby Boy.
- 2008 - Britney Spears was forced to give up her children to ex-husband Kevin Federline after being carried out of her house on a stretcher and taken into custody by police.
- 1990 - William Lee Golden (Oak Ridge Boys) and Brenda Kaye Hall
- 1997 - Dick Smothers (Smothers Brothers) and Denby Franklin
- 2012 - Bryan Ferry and Amanda Sheppard
- 2000 - Melanie “Mel G.” Gulzar and Jimmy Gulzar
- 2004 - Britney Spears and Jason Alexander (annulled after one day)
- 1935 - Swing on the Strings - Mills Brothers (first recording session)
- 1954 - Casual Love Affair, I'll Never Stand in Your Way - Elvis Presley
- 1962 - Point of No Return - Gene McDaniels
- 1970 - Let It Be - Beatles (McCartney, Harrison, Starr) (last Beatles session)
- 1971 - Meddle - Pink Floyd (first day of recording)
- 1967 - The Doors - Doors
- 1955 - Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (debut)
- 1957 - Steve Allen Show (NBC) - Solomon Burke