Almanac: January 8, 2016
- 1904 - Tampa Red (born Hudson Woodbridge) (d. 1981)
- 1928 - Luther Perkins (Tennessee Three) (d. 1968)
- 1931 - Bill Graham (d. 1991)
- 1935 - Elvis Presley (d. 1977)
- 1937 - Shirley Bassey (79)
- 1940 - Little Anthony (born Jerome Gourdine) (Little Anthony & the Imperials) (76)
- 1940 - Cristy Lane (born Eleanor Johnston) (76)
- 1942 - John Petersen (Beau Brummels, Harpers Bizarre) (d. 2007)
- 1943 - Lee Jackson (Nice) (73)
- 1943 - Marcus Hutson (Whispers) (d. 2000)
- 1946 - Robbie Krieger (Doors) (70)
- 1947 - David Bowie (69)
- 1947 - Terry Sylvester (Hollies) (69)
- 1955 - Mike Reno (Loverboy) (61)
- 1959 - Paul Hester (Split Enz, Crowded House) (d. 2005)
- 1960 - Paul King (56)
- 1962 - Chris Marion (Little River Band) (54)
- 1966 - Andrew Wood (Malfunkshun, Mother Love Bone) (d. 1990)
- 1967 - R. Kelly (49)
- 1969 - Jeff Abercrombie (Fuel) (47)
- 1971 - Karen Poole (songwriter) (45)
- 1973 - Sean Paul (43)
- 1975 - DJ Clue? (born Ernesto Shaw) (41)
- 1976 - Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley) (40)
- 1978 - Stove King (born Steven King) (Mansun) (38)
- 1982 - Wil. Francis (Aiden) (34)
- 1988 - Adam T. Siska (The Academy is...) (28)
- 1979 - Sara Carter (Carter Family) (80)
- 1991 - Steve Clark (Def Leppard) - Overdose (30)
- 2001 - Laura Webb Childers (Bobbettes)
- 2008 - Clyde Otis (producer, songwriter (It's Just a Matter of Time, Kiddio) (83)
- 1957 - Elvis Presley went through his Army per-induction physical.
- 1958 - The Everly Brothers started a U.S. tour in Charlotte, NC. Also with them were Buddy Holly, the Rays, the Royal Teens, the Shepherd Sisters, Paul Anka, Margie Rayburn and Danny & The Juniors.
- 1960 - Dick Clark conducted a phone interview with Elvis Presley while he was stationed in Germany.
- 1961 - Elvis Presley signed with Hal Willis for five films over the next five years.
- 1974 - KISS signed with Casablanca Records.
- 1979 - Rush was named Canada's official “Ambassador's of Music.”
- 1993 - The U.S. Postal Service issued a 29-cent stamp of Elvis with a picture from his early days in music.
- 1996 - Madonna could once again rest easy as stalker Robert Hoskins was found guilty of stalking, assault and terrorist threats.
- 2000 - A $1.7 million kidnap plot was stopped by police to kidnap Victoria Beckham and her infant daughter.
- 2002 - The Black Crowes announced that Chris Robinson and Steve Gorman had left the group.
- 2004 - Mel C of the Spice Girls said she would release music through her own label after being dropped by Virgin.
- 2006 - Harry Belafonte shocked the press when he called then President Bush “the greatest terrorist in the world.”
- 1989 - Richard Marx and Cynthia Rhodes
- 1996 - John Michael Montgomery and Crystal White
- 2005 - Nas and Kellis
- 1973 - Elvis Presley and Pricilla Presley (Elvis sued to start the process)
- 1960 - Eddie Cochran's final recording session.
- 1973 - Approximately Infinite Universe - Yoko Ono
- 2001 - American Music Awards
- Pop/Rock Male - Kid Rock
- Pop/Rock Female - Faith Hill
- Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group - Backstreet Boys
- Pop/Rock Album - Human Clay - Creed
- Pop/Rock New Artist - 3 Doors Down
- Soul/R&B Male - Brian McKnight
- Soul/R&B Female - Toni Braxton
- Soul/R&B Band, Duo or Group - Destiny's Child
- Soul/R&B Album - The Heat - Toni Braxton
- Soul/R&B New Artist - Donell Jones
- Country Male Artist - Tim McGraw
- Country Female Artist - Faith Hill
- Country Band, Duo or Group - Dixie Chicks
- Country Album - Breathe - Faith Hill
- Country New Artist - Billy Gilman
- Adult Contemporary Artist - Celine Dion
- Rap/Hip-Hop Artist - Dr. Dre
- Alternative Artist - Creed
- Latin Artist - Enrique Iglesias
- 1965 - Hullabaloo (premier)
- 1966 - Shindig! (ABC) (final program) - Who, Kinks