1978 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 1 "Your Arm's Too Short..." closes at Lyceum NYC after 429 performances
  • Jan 2 Rhino Records releases their 1st album "Wildmania"
  • Jan 5 Start of the Sex Pistols final tour in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 14 Sex Pistols' final concert held in Winterland, San Francisco

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 16 5th American Music Awards: Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac & C Twitty

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • Jan 31 "Elvis: The Legend Lives!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 101 performances
  • Feb 12 "Jesus Christ Superstar" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 96 performances
  • Feb 19 "On the 20th Century" opens at St James Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • Feb 19 Coleman, Comden & Green's musical premieres in NYC

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 20 4th People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and James Garner & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore
  • Feb 23 20th Grammy Awards: Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac, Debbie Boone wins
  • Mar 1 "Timbuktu!" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 243 performances
  • Mar 5 "Hello, Dolly!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 152 performances
  • Mar 9 Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa Canada won by Linichuk & Karponosov
  • Mar 17 Ligeti's opera "Le Grand Macabre" premieres in Stockholm
  • Mar 18 250,000 attend rock concert California Jam II in Ontario, California
  • Mar 24 Wings release "With a Little Luck"
  • Mar 27 Bob Fosse's "Dancin'" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 1,774 performances
  • Mar 30 "History of the American Film" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • Mar 31 Wings release "London Town" album

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 12 13th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Crystal Gayle win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • Apr 16 "History of the American Film" closes at ANTA NYC after 21 performances
  • Apr 22 23rd Eurovision Song Contest: Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta for Israel wins singing "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" in Paris
  • Apr 30 "Elvis: The Legend Lives!" closes at Palace NYC after 101 performances
  • May 9 "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 1604 performances
  • May 10 "Angel" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • May 13 "Angel" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • May 13 Musical "Runaways" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 199 performances, with Elizabeth Swados
  • May 14 "Working" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • Jun 4 "Working" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 25 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 11 Film "Grease" opens, starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, based on the 1971 musical

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • Jun 19 "Best Little Whorehouse..." opens at 46th St NYC for 1577 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jun 21 Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice's musical "Evita" premieres in London

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyricist Tim Rice
Lyricist
Tim Rice
  • Jun 28 UNICEF chooses rock group Kansas as ambassadors of goodwill
  • Jul 1 "Act" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 233 performances
  • Jul 9 "Hello, Dolly!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 152 performances
  • Jul 13 BBC bans Sex Pistols "No One is Innocent"
  • Jul 21 "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" film, based on the Beatles' album of the same name, premieres in NYC
  • Jul 25 John Lydon forms rock group Public Ltd Image
  • Jul 29 600,000 attend "Summer Jam" rock festival, Watkins Glen, NY
  • Sep 10 "Timbuktu!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 243 performances
  • Sep 16 Grateful Dead perform in Cairo, Egypt
  • Sep 20 "Eubie!" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 439 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 28 Metal band Black Sabbath release their 8th album "Never Say Die", last to feature Ozzy Osbourne before he was fired

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne

Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 9 12th Country Music Association Award: Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle & Don Williams wins

Country singer Dolly Parton
Country singer
Dolly Parton
  • Oct 9 John Kander & Fred Ebb's musical "Ballroom" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 10 Aerosmith's Steve Tyler & Joe Perry injured by a cherry bomb
  • Oct 10 British pop music magazine "Smash Hits" first published

MurderMurder of Interest

Oct 12 Sid Vicious charged with murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 13 "52nd Street" 6th studio album by Billy Joel is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year 1979)

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • Oct 22 "King of Hearts" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Oct 23 Sid Vicious attempts suicide while at Riker's Detention Center in NYC
  • Nov 12 "Platinum" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 33 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

Dec 2 Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter
Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Dec 3 "King of Hearts" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Dec 10 "Platinum" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • Dec 14 "Ballroom" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 116 performances
  • Dec 21 "Broadway Musical" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC
  • Dec 22 Kenney Jones becomes The Who's new drummer

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 27 CBS Television's premiere of its version of "Les Miserables", starring Richard Jordan and Anthony Perkins

  • Dec 30 "The King & I" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 719 performances
  • Dec 31 "Magic Show" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 1859 performances
  • Dec 31 "Runaways" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 199 performances

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 166

  • Jan 1 Tarik O'Regan, British composer
  • Jan 2 Karina Smirnoff, Ukrainian-American ballroom dancer and TV personality (Dancing with the Stars), born in Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • Jan 3 Kimberley Locke, American singer
  • Jan 4 Mai Meneses, Spanish singer
  • Jan 6 Nikki Einfeld, Canadian opera singer
  • Jan 9 AJ McLean, American singer (Backstreet Boys)
  • Jan 10 Brent Smith, American singer (Shinedown)
  • Jan 12 Amerie, American singer and songwriter
  • Jan 12 Jeremy Camp, American musician
  • Jan 12 Kris Roe, American musician (The Ataris)
  • Jan 21 Tamir "Nokio" Ruffin, American Singer
  • Feb 2 Eden Espinosa, American singer and stage actress
  • Feb 3 Eliza Schneider, American actress and singer
  • Feb 10 Don Omar, Puerto Rican singer
  • Feb 13 Hamish Glencross, Scottish guitarist My Dying Bride
  • Feb 14 Dwele, American R&B/Soul singer
  • Feb 15 Kimberly Goss, American singer and musician (Sinergy)
  • Feb 19 Immortal Technique, American rapper
  • Feb 23 René Pérez, Puerto Rican musician (Calle 13)
  • Feb 24 Shinya, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
  • Feb 24 John Nolan, American musician (Straylight Run)
  • Feb 28 Jeanne Cherhal, French Singer-songwriter
  • Mar 3 Douglas Osmond, vocalist (Osmond Boys), born in Provo, Utah
  • Mar 3 Seomoon Tak, Korean singer
  • Mar 3 Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2009)
  • Mar 10 Ben Burnley, American musician (Breaking Benjamin)
  • Mar 12 Claudio Sanchez, American musician (Coheed and Cambria)
  • Mar 15 Sid Wilson, American musician (Slipknot)
  • Mar 21 Kevin Federline, American dancer/hip hop artist
  • Mar 29 Michael Kaczurak, American singer and actor
  • Mar 31 Tony Yayo, American rapper
  • Apr 4 Lemar, English R'n'B singer
  • Apr 4 Aska Yang, Taiwanese singer
  • Apr 6 Myleene Klass, British singer
  • Apr 6 Martin Mendez, Uruguayan-born Bassist (Opeth)
  • Apr 9 Rachel Stevens, English singer (S Club)
  • Apr 9 Vesna Pisarović, Croatian singer
  • Apr 11 Tom Thacker, Canadian musician
  • Apr 12 Guy Berryman, British musician
  • Apr 13 Chris Sligh, American singer and Idol finalist, born in Madison, Tennessee
  • Apr 15 Luis Fonsi [Luis López-Cepero] Puerto Rican singer-songwriter (Despacito), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 15 Chris Stapleton, American country musician (The SteelDrivers, Traveller), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Apr 17 Bilal Abdul-samad, rocker (Boys)
  • Apr 21 Jukka Nevalainen, Finnish drummer (Nightwish)
  • Apr 21 Branden Steineckert, American drummer (Rancid), (The Used)
  • Apr 22 Jason Stollsteimer, American singer (The Von Bondies)
  • Apr 26 Avant, American singer
  • Apr 28 Lauren Laverne, Disc jockey, television presenter and former singer
  • May 2 Steve Bays, Canadian musician
  • May 3 Paul Banks, American vocalist (Interpol)
  • May 7 Stian Arnesen (Nagash/Lex Icon), Norwegian Black Metal musician
  • May 8 Jang Woo Hyuk, Korean singer
  • May 11 Perttu Kivilaakso, Finnish Cellist from the band Apocalyptica
  • May 12 Wilfred Le Bouthillier, Acadian singer
  • May 12 Aya Ishiguro, Japanese singer (formerly Morning Musume)
  • May 16 David Ford, English singer-songwriter (Songs for the Road), born in Dartford, Kent, England
  • May 23 Scott Raynor, American drummer (formerly of blink-182)
  • May 25 Adam Gontier, Canadian singer (Three Days Grace), born in Peterborough, Ontario
  • May 26 Phil Elverum, American singer-songwriter
  • May 29 Pelle Almqvist, Swedish musician (The Hives)
  • Jun 3 Lyfe Jennings, R&B singer and song-writer
  • Jun 6 Carl Barât, English musician (The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things)
  • Jun 6 Mariana Popova, Bulgarian singer
  • Jun 7 Tony An, Korean singer (H.O.T)
  • Jun 9 Matthew Bellamy, British musician (Muse)
  • Jun 14 The-Dream [Terius Nash], American R&B singer, born in Rockingham, North Carolina
  • Jun 15 RoRo, [Romell Chapman], rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jun 16 Jasmine "Fish" Leong, Chinese Malaysian singer (Courage), born in Bahau, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
  • Jun 17 Isabelle Delobel, French European ice dancer
  • Jun 23 Frédéric Leclercq, French bassist (DragonForce)
  • Jun 23 Memphis Bleek, American rapper
  • Jun 24 Ariel Pink, American musician
  • Jun 24 Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen, Finnish guitarist (Nightwish)
  • Jun 26 Alexandra, French singer, L5's singer
  • Jun 27 Anna Kumble, British Singer, also known as Lolly
  • Jun 29 Sam Farrar, American bassist
  • Jun 29 Nicole Scherzinger, American singer and actress
  • Jul 4 Stephen McNally, British singer and songwriter (BBMak, 10 Reasons to Live), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Jul 7 Misia [Misaki Itō], Japanese singer (Mother Father Brother Sister), born in Omura, Japan
  • Jul 9 Mark Medlock, German singer
  • Jul 10 Jesse Lacey, American musician (Brand New)
  • Jul 17 Émilie Simon, French singer
  • Jul 18 Verónica Romeo, Spanish singer
  • Jul 21 Damian Marley, Jamaican musician
  • Jul 23 Stefanie Sun, Singaporean singer
  • Jul 28 Hitomi Yaida, Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Toyonaka, Osaka
  • Jul 31 Will Champion, English musician (drummer for Coldplay), born in Southampton, England
  • Jul 31 Zac Brown, American musician (Zac Brown Band), born in Dahlonega, Georgia
  • Aug 1 Dhani Harrison, British musician (brainwashed), born in Windsor, Berkshire
  • Aug 5 Nektaria Karantzi, Greek singer
  • Aug 7 Jamey Jasta, American singer (Hatebreed)
  • Aug 7 Vanness Wu, Taiwanese singer
  • Aug 8 Countess Vaughn, American actress and singer
  • Aug 15 Tim Foreman, American bassist (Switchfoot)
  • Aug 17 Vibeke Stene, Norwegian singer (Tristania)
  • Aug 22 Jeff Stinco, Canadian musician (Simple Plan), born in Montreal
  • Aug 23 Julian Casablancas, American musician
  • Aug 26 Raja Kashif, Pakistani singer
  • Aug 28 Jess Margera, American drummer (CKY)
  • Aug 30 Swizz Beatz, American rapper/producer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Country singer Roger Miller (42) weds Mary Arnold

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • May 8 Singer Donny Osmond (20) weds Debra Glenn (19) at Salt Lake Temple in Utah

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 6 Country singer Tammy Wynette (36) weds record producer George Richey (42) in Florida

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 2 Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young (32) weds Pegi Morton

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 2 George Harrison marries Olivia

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 2 Singer Gloria Estefan (21) weds musician and producer Emilio Estefan (25)

  • Oct 6 ABBA member Anni-Frid Lyngstad (32) weds fellow musician Benny Andersson (31)

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 7 Country singer Merle Haggard (41) weds his backup singer Leona Williams (35)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 1 Actress and model Bianca Jagger files for divorce from Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger after 7 years of marriage on the grounds of his adultery with model Jerry Hall

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 10 Don Gillis, American composer (b. 1912)
  • Jan 14 Blossom Rock [Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald], American actress (Grandmamma-Addams Family), dies at 81
  • Jan 14 Robert Heger, composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 18 Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 23 Terry Kath, rock guitarist (Chicago), accidentally shot in head at 31
  • Jan 23 Vic Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers), dies in a car accident at 52
  • Jan 27 Marguerite Canal, composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 9 Julio Jaramillo, Ecuadorian singer (b. 1935)
  • Feb 27 Vadim Nikolayevich Salmanov, composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 11 Claude François, French singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 12 Tolchard Evans, composer/conductor, dies
  • Mar 13 David McKinley Williams, composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 23 Bill Kenny, American singer, dies at 63
  • Mar 28 Dino Ciani, Italian pianist (d. 1941)
  • Mar 30 Larry Young [Khalid Yasin], American jazz musician (Unity), dies at 37 in unclear circumstances
  • Apr 3 Ray Noble, English bandleader, comedian and actor (The Very Thought of You), dies at 74
  • Apr 4 Gino Contilli, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 6 Nicolas Nabokov, composer (Holy Devil), dies at 74
  • Apr 7 Ernest Kanitz, composer, dies at 83
  • Apr 21 Sandy Denny, country singer, dies at 37
  • May 1 Aram Katchaturian, Russian composer (The Earth), dies at 74
  • May 16 William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Boston Symphony 1969-71), dies at 78
  • May 22 Bjarne Brustad, composer, dies at 83
  • Jun 14 Theodore Karyotakis, composer, dies at 74
  • Jul 9 Aladar Zoltan, composer, dies at 49
  • Jul 10 Michel Gusikoff, composer, dies at 85
  • Jul 13 Antonio Veretti, composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 27 Aasan Ferit Alnar, composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 27 Willem Van Otterloo, Dutch conductor, cellist and composer (Melbourne 1967-71), dies at 70
  • Jul 29 Wesley La Violette, composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 31 Enoch Light, orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), dies at 70
  • Aug 2 Carlos Chavez y Ramires, Mexican composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 5 Queenie Smith, actress/dancer (Funny Side), dies at 79
  • Aug 7 Franz Alphons Wolpert, composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 15 Harrison Kerr, American composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 20 Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, dies at 51
  • Aug 24 Louis Prima, American singer, dies at 67
  • Aug 26 Charles Trowbridge Haubiel, American composer, pianist and lecturer (Tre Ritratti Characteristici), dies at 86
  • Sep 5 Joe Negroni, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 37
  • Sep 6 Tom Wilson, American record producer (b. 1931)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 7 Keith Moon, rock drummer (Who), dies of drug overdose at 31

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon
  • Sep 8 Pancho Vladigerov, composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 24 Ruth Etting, US dancer/singer (Ziegfeld Follies), dies at 80
  • Oct 8 Tibor Serly, Hungarian violist/composer (American Elegy), dies at 76
  • Oct 10 Ralph Marterie, American big band leader (b. 1914)
  • Oct 16 Daniel "Dan" Dailey, American dancer and actor (You're My Everything, Governor & J.J.), dies of anemia at 62

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 23 Maybelle Carter, country singer (Johnny Cash Show), dies at 69

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter
  • Nov 9 Otto Siegl, Austrian composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 12 Howard Swanson, composer, dies at 71
  • Nov 26 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), kills himself after shooting his sons at 52
  • Nov 29 Alan Richardson, composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 3 William Grant Still, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 12 Clifton Chenier, US accordionist (Bayou Blues), dies at 53
  • Dec 16 Blanche Calloway, US singer/dancer/radio hostess, dies at 76
  • Dec 17 Don Ellis, American jazz band leader (b. 1934)
  • Dec 27 Chris Bell, American rock guitarist (Big Star), dies in a car crash at 27