Almanac: January 6, 2016
- 1924 - Earl Scruggs (d. 2012)
- 1929 - Autry Inman (d. 1988)
- 1934 - Bobby Lord (d. 2008)
- 1935 - Paul Wilson (Flamingos) (d. )
- 1935 - Nino Tempo (& April Stevens) (81)
- 1937 - Doris Troy (d. 2004)
- 1940 - Van McCoy (d. 1979)
- 1946 - Syd Barrett (d. 2006)
- 1947 - Shirley Brown (69)
- 1947 - Sandy Denny (d. 1978)
- 1949 - Joey "Cow Polka" Miskulin (Riders in the Sky) (67)
- 1951 - Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds) (65)
- 1953 - Jett Williams (63)
- 1953 - Malcolm Young (AC/DC) (63)
- 1959 - Kathy Sledge (Sister Sledge) (57)
- 1960 - Muz Skillings (Living Colour) (56)
- 1961 - Eric Williams (Blackstreet) (55)
- 1962 - Michael Houser (Widespread Panic) (d. 2002)
- 1963 - Paul Brindley (Sundays) (53)
- 1964 - Mark O'Toole (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) (52)
- 1966 - A.R. Rahman (50)
- 1971 - Gary Wiseman (Bowling for Soup) (45)
- 1981 - Mike Jones (35)
- 1986 - Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) (30)
- 1980 - Georgeanna Tillman (Marvelettes) - Sickle cell anemia & lupus (36)
- 1993 - Dizzy Gillespie - Pancreatic cancer (75)
- 1996 - Chubby Wise (born Robert Wise) (Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys) (80)
- 2006 - Lou Rawls - Brain and lung cancer (72)
- 2007 - Sneaky Pete Kleinow (Flying Burrito Brothers) - Alzheimer's disease (72)
- 2008 - Cy Leslie (founder of Pickwick Records) (85)
- 2009 - Ron Asheton (Stooges) - Heart attack (60)
- 1958 - Gibson introduced their “Flying V” electric guitar.
- 1958 - In one of his only film roles, Bobby Helms filmed a part as himself in The Case Against Brooklyn.
- 1964 - The Rolling Stones opened their first headlining tour in Harrow, U.K. Along for the ride were the Ronettes, Marty Wild and the Swinging Blue Jeans.
- 1969 - Dottie West's home was destroyed by fire.
- 1970 - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young made their U.K. debut at London's Royal Albert Hall.
- 1971 - Neil Young performed for the first time in his homeland of Canada in six years.
- 1975 - While waiting for tickets to a February Led Zeppelin show at the Boston Gardens, a thousand fans started to riot doing $30,000 in damages. The mayor of Boston canceled the concert.
- 1977 - EMI released the Sex Pistols after only three months on the label, giving them $68,000.
- 1987 - Eric Clapton played the first of his annual residencies at London's Royal Albert Hall.
- 1987 - Elton John canceled all of his appearances for the year after having throat surgery.
- 1993 - Bill Wyman announced he had officially left the Rolling Stones.
- 2004 - Celine Dion received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 2004 - Steven Van Zandt became a consultant with Sirius Satellite Radio to develop a show based on his Underground Garage series.
- 2004 - A Belgian consumer group sued all four big music companies charging that their copy protection schemes stopped law abiding music listeners from making legitimate copies of their CDs.
- 2004 - Urge Overkill announced they were reforming for four dates.
- 2005 - Ringo Garza of Los Lonely Boys and his wife are arrested in San Angelo, TX for marijuana possession.
- 2005 - Teen heartthrob Aaron Carter escaped serious injury when his SUV caught on fire while he was driving.
- 2006 - The U.K.'s Ms. Dynamite was arrested for assaulting a police officer.
- 1990 - Mark Miller (Sawyer Brown) and Lisa Knight
- 1975 - Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd (first day of recording album)
- 1958 - Ballad of a Teenage Queen - Johnny Cash (single)
- 1976 - Frampton Comes Alive - Peter Frampton
- 1957 - Ed Sullivan Show - Elvis Presley (last appearance on show)
- 1966 - Duke Ellington Concert (CBS)
- 1968 - Happening '68 (premier show)