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December 1976 in Music History

Events in Music

Sex Pistols' Break Up

Dec 1 Sex Pistols using profanity on TV, gets them branded as "rotten punks"

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Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
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Film Premier

Dec 18 Second remake of "A Star is Born" film, directed by Frank Pierson and starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, premieres

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Dec 20 "Music Is" opens at St James Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Dec 22 "Your Arm's Too Short..." opens at Lyceum NYC for 429 performances
  • Dec 22 East Germany grants rock singer Nina Hagen her request to leave the country, after refusing her stepfather re-entry
  • Dec 26 "Music Is" closes at St James Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Dec 28 "Fiddler on the Roof" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 167 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 4 Amie Comeaux, American country music singer, born in Brusly, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • Dec 5 Evonne Hsu, Taiwanese-American Mando-pop singer, born in Longview, Texas
  • Dec 7 Mark Duplass, American filmmaker and musician (The Morning Show), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 8 Naimee Coleman, Irish singer and songwriter, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Dec 12 Dan Hawkins, English guitarist (The Darkness), born in Chertsey, England
  • Dec 25 Tuomas Holopainen, Finnish rock keyboardist and songwriter (Nightwish), born in Kitee, Finland

Deaths in Music

Benjamin Britten

Dec 4 [Edward] Benjamin Britten, English composer (The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; Peter Grimes), dies of heart failure at 63

  • Dec 4 Tommy Bolin, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Deep Purple), dies of heroin overdose and other substances at 25
  • Dec 12 John "Jack" Cassidy, American singer and actor (Oscar-He & She, The Eiger Sanction), dies in a fire at 49
  • Dec 12 Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (b. 1890)
  • Dec 28 Freddie King, American blues singer (Hideaway), dies at 42